Wanaka: Isthmus Peak
New Zealand has so many hikes across the country, I’m not sure how long does it take for one to conquer it all. I did not have the opportunity to do longer hikes (I’m coming back for you Routeburn Track and Tongariro!) but I’m glad I did this.
Today’s story is about Isthmus Peak!
Isthmus Peak is a not so famous hike compared to his brother, Roy’s Peak. At 5am in the morning, we started the hike to catch the sunrise! It was pitch black, and cold, but once the hike started the cold was not the problem anymore, it was the breathing. Not sure if it’s because I have not worked out in so many months or it’s the air.
The first 2 hours of the hike was not very eventful, except gorgeous stars enveloping the sky, and difficulty breathing hahaha. Isthmus Peak is a 30 minute drive from Wanaka and it’s a long, steady climb to the top where you can see both Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea. It is located at Matatiaho Conservation Area, with plenty of parking.
So after 3 hours, hiking 8km upwards, 1385 meters elevation, you will definitely forget all the pain and suffering cause you will be greeted with this!
The hike down was even better because it felt like we were walking towards the clouds. It was pretty slippery when the snow melted when the sun rose, so becareful and just trod safely. My butt kissed the mud because I did not have proper hiking shoe.
Reached the bottom at 11am with two dead toenails and happiness that lasted for the day. The whole experience was so surreal, and gorgeous that my battery died at the end of the hike. My first hike in New Zealand, and it definitely took my breath away.
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