Our friend's bach was a typical 1970-80's bach, just outside of Queenstown on the sunny side of the lake - right next to the newly opened Hilton Hotel! So in a prime location.
View from the deck of the "bach"
Although it was opening week for the ski fields there wasn't any snow and they hadn't been able to make very much as the temperatures have been very mild so far this year. So there was no point in going skiing. We took down our tramping gear and explored some of the local tracks around the area.
We went over to Wanaka and headed up the spectacular Rob Roy hanging valley to check out the glacier at the top.
Crossing the Matukituki River to get to the Rob Roy valley
The Rob Roy Glacier
The next day we headed up to the Remarkables and walked up to Lake Alta through the ski fields desperately trying to make some snow. Surprisingly Lake Alta was frozen, and there was some natural snow on Double Cone above the lake.
Frozen Lake Alta at the Remarkables
Double Cone above Lake Alta