View from Roy Peak of Lake Wanaka. Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand. Christmas, 2010.
I imagined Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere to be warm and summery but no, it snowed. Wanaka is a tiny town (on the US scale) in the middle of the South Island, nestled between great peaks and teal blue lakes and the so-called little sister of the boisterous Queenstown. Home to an amazing cinema (I succumbed to 4 films the week I was there - EAT THE COOKIES!), great coffee shops and the trail heads to some stunning day hikes, I love Wanaka. The Wanaka YHA is a great base with nice staff, location and bike rentals, a movie room, huge kitchen, wifi, laundry, etc.