The rain that started once we returned from the heli-hike yesterday didnt stop - it continued all night, and most of today too. While we still saw some spectacular scenery today, driving on unfamiliar, mountain roads in the pouring rain can be a little stressful. At one stage, according to the map, we were driving along the coast, but we had no idea. All we could see beyond the road was a wall of white cloud. All that rain did make for some impressive waterfalls and rivers along the way though, and once we left glacier country, into the more open valleys near Wanaka, the weather started to clear and we got some wonderful views over the lakes. To look at the photos you would assume it was the ocean, the water is that magnificent turquoise colour that looks like it belongs around a tropical island.
This is an amazingly beautiful country, and such a variety of landscapes in such a small space. Tomorrow will be a chance to recharge the batteries, and hopefully for DH's health to improve, as he is feeling lousy at the moment. Our hotel has heated pool, hot tub, steam room etc, so quite a bit of incentive to laze around instead of our usual madcap pace.