Monday, February 1, 2016

Day 15 (Jan 3) - Wanaka to Te Anau

At Wanaka's Puzzling World

The next morning began with a fun activity at Wanaka’s Puzzling World.  We started off with a tour through spaces full of optical illusions, which included the distorted Ames room, a hologram hall, a gallery of sculptural illusions, and a tilted house that messed with our brains and left us feeling a bit dizzy. 

If you stare at the picture, even the computer screen starts to look tilted.

We then continued on to a large and very well constructed maze where we walked about 3km in zigzag lines before we finally solved the puzzle and found the exit.
Somewhere in the hills between Wanaka and Queenstown

From there our trip continued past Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the town of Te Anau at the shore of New Zealand’s second largest lake that bears the same name. 

Laka Wakatipu south of Queenstown
Off Te Anau Lake’s main body are three inland fiord arms that reach deep between the surrounding mountains.  Much of the lake lies within Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site.

On the Kepler Track.  New Zealand's Great Walks are exceptionally well built and maintained.

After checking into our hotel we went for a walk along the first section of the 60km Kepler Track, another one of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks.

It would be fun to one day return and run the Kepler Track, perhaps as part of the Annual Kepler Challenge ultra marathon.

On the shore of Lake Te Anau a few miles in on the Kepler Track

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