The weather had been less than desirable for the previous two weeks and had repeatedly disrupted our travel plans. We had two options: sit in the rain of the South Island’s east coast for our last few days before handing in our camper van, or escape the rain by making a few-hundred-km detour from Dunedin to Christchurch via Wanaka (the only place that supposedly enjoyed some sunshine). We opted for the latter, adding another detour to our detour, trying to make the most of it. We first stopped at the Moeraki boulders, a group of rocks on the beach famous for their perfectly round shapes. Even though our weather app promised sunshine in Wanaka, we were skeptical as throughout the morning the skies were shrouded in heavy layers of cloud. As we approached Lindis pass, however, there was a glimpse of blue on the horizon. It turned out to be a beautiful afternoon which we spent at our last remote campsite at Lake Hawea, even daring to swim in the “refreshing” glacial lake. The detour also allowed us to see the lupin flowers in their full glory at both Lake Hawea and the following day at Lake Pukaki on our way back to Christchurch.
New Zealand, you have been so good to us!