Road Trip Diaries: Franz Josef to Wanaka

The drive from Franz Josef to Wanaka was the epitome of the South Island. In the span of 4-5 hours, we drove past glaciers, through lush tropical forest, and then were met with huge, snowcapped mountains surrounded by jewel-toned lakes. It also didn’t hurt that it was a beautiful day.

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All doubts that I had felt in the first couple of days on the South Island were completely erased that day.

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We arrived in Wanaka in time to wander through the town center and grab a good bite to eat and some mulled wine (which I had discovered my love for back in Melbourne) at a local hotspot. Wanaka was beautiful, our hostel had a cozy fireplace with a view of the lake and mountains, and I had secured a job in Wellington via a facetime interview. We were Queenstown bound and ready to party, which I hear is what QTown is known for…

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