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My boyfriend and I had been wanting to visit New Zealand for the longest time now and saw the awesome trans-Tasman deals so we decided to pack our bags and take off on a romantic getaway!
The Sydney-Queenstown direct flight was so quick and easy – we couldn’t believe we could get to New Zealand so fast! We stayed in Queenstown for a couple of days and exhausted ourselves with all the adventure activities there then decided to hire a car and drive to Lake Wanaka, via the Cromwell and Bannockburn wine trail. We stayed in Lake Wanaka for a few days.
We thought we were so lucky with the weather but it turns out that in these southern regions, autumn is the most tranquil of all the seasons – every single day saw clear blue skies, flat calm lakes and the most beautiful colours that words just cannot describe! The grape harvest was well underway while we stayed so the vineyards from Queenstown to Wanaka were a hive of activity all the way along.
As we arrived into Wanaka we were greeted with yet another breath taking view – you never get sick of them in this part of the world – of the township nestled on Lake Wanaka itself. Seeing as this was our ‘romantic getaway’, we wanted to stay right on the lake so the information centre suggested Edgewater.
The minute we arrived, we were greeted with a warm welcome and then the most gorgeous room that looked across a lovely lawn and right onto the lake. We could literally open our doors and stroll to the water’s edge in about 30 seconds! The kingsize bed looked amazing and there was a separate living area too, so the whole room felt nice and spacious.
Even though we only had a weekend, we managed to pack a lot in – and really enjoyed getting outdoors and walking up Mt Iron or biking along the water’s edge into town to enjoy a leisurely coffee. I, especially, loved Edgewater’s spa and spent a lot of time relaxing with my book, while my boyfriend putted around the nine holes on site. And the food is definitely worth a mention.
I can’t say enough about what a lovely time we had in Lake Wanaka – everything was just so, so perfect (and romantic!) and one day - if he ever pops the question – I can see us coming back with our friends and family to get married – fingers crossed!