After some rain during the night, the day started off fine with blue sky. Perfect, this means another day outside in nature. The mountainbike tracks were too muddy, so I decided to do a small walk to the Diamond lakes (marked as a 3 hour walk, but 2 hours is more like it).
Although there were several cars at the beginning of the trail, I didn’t meet anyone on the track. It looks like most people only go to a lookout point and not all the way to the top. This is something you notice quite often. People go to a viewpoint which is a small walk of 15-30 minutes, take quickly lots of pictures, back to their car and to the next point. So they don’t really enjoy nature, the silence, the views, the walks, …
It was a nice walk to the top (Rocky Mountain) to start the day (not so heavy climbing) (those wanting to do this walk: take the left loop to go up). And I didn’t even need a jacket or sweater. T-shirt weather, while around you, mountains start being covered in snow.
Back in Wanaka, I called the diveshop in Te Anau for diving in Milford Sound. I could only go on Tuesday, no diving on Wednesday. This meant that I had to leave this nice place (Wanaka) and start driving south to Queenstown and Te Anau. I really regretted having to leave Wanaka. I felt so relaxed here.