29.10.2012 - 29.10.2012 26 °C
We woke this morning to clear blue skies and the promise that it would be a warm day and it has been. They forecast 25 degrees and it would have been all of that due to only a very light breeze and the blue skies that havent left us all day. We cooked breakfast in our large villa kitchen - the last of the Akaroa smoked salmon with a poached egg on top and a slice of award winning Leeston bacon on the side - then ate it on our deck overlooking our little lagoon on the edge of Lake Dunstan. Our first visit for the day was Old Cromwell, a little town reconstructed from buildings that used to be where Lake Dunstan now is. We wandered about poking in and out all of the old buildings. Most interesting. Then we headed to Bannockburn as I read that it was worth a look. It was a short and pretty drive there and back to Cromwell with some lovely views. This is where some of the better known Otago Pinots come from - Mt Difficulty, Carrick, etc. We then drove up the east side of the lake past Bendigo Station to Tarras. We stopped there and looked in the little shops and chatted with the locals. We purchased local eggs, freshly baked bread and Cromwell made apricot juice to top up our breakfast supplies, It appears that most of the shops in town are owned by the Perriam family, the owners of Bendigo Station and friends of Vivienne and Barrie's. Time to head for Wanaka. I am sure Wanaka is picturesque most days but it is stunning today with the blue sky and the snow covered mountains in the background sparkling in the sun. We wandered around the town and along the lake front then had lunch in a cafe with the local Brewski Pilsener on tap - a pint each with a beef pie, then wandered around some more. After checking into the Moorings, our accomodation and discovering that we had a room with a lovely deck overlooking the lake, we decided to stay in tonight so walked back to the town centre to purchase some more Brewski and a bottle of local Pinot Noir and quiz the locals about the best fish and chip shop for later. Armed with supplies and knowledge we return to our lodgings to enjoy the sun and the views.