Friday, March 3, 2017
Leave the west coast rain forest and head to Wanaka. A 3 hour ride in the van, rainy, and cloudy weather that is supposed to be typical of that area especially but we have managed to avoid it thus far. As we go over the mountain pass - these are the Southern Alps - the sky begins to clear and it looks like we could still have a good day.
The afternoon hike is a bit taxing, especially after that bigger than usual lunch! Big mistake! We are hiking from Diamond Lake to Rocky Mountain Summit - 8 km out with elevation gain of 410 m/1,350 ft elevation gain - the 8 km would not problem but that elevation gain is a killer! Both Janet and I stop at the interim point which is at 5 km with 800 ft elevation gain and then back down to the start.
We have dinner on our own tonight and we have to get into town on our own - it's a 3 km walk and to be honest with you, I'd be happy to stay in and order pizza, but Janet is determined to go and to walk there at least. I grudgingly act like that's okay with me and I get ready to go. As we go outside, it's beginning to rain and I gladly go to the front desk and order a taxi. The ride cost $12.50. The cab driver drops us off at the Landing where we have 6 pm reservations, made a few days back by moi at Janet's request because she doesn't hear well enough to use the phone. The place looks fine, modern and we do have a lovely view out onto Lake Wanaka. We order a 'little', the salmon confit ($21) an iceberg salad ($8) a 'big', the monkfish en papilotte ($29) and greens ($8). Humm, a slight case of pretentiousness, possibly... The food does not live up to the hype - the monkfish is served in a sad, foil pouch! (And my photo didn't turn out.) It should be in a cute little pocket of parchment paper. WTF? And the prices! But they did have the wine from the Mount Pleasant winery in the Hunter Valley that we sampled last week.
Fitbit, 12.4 km, MA, 12.4 km plus 3 km walk home from dinner.