Mount Roy arises from the shores of Lake Wanaka. A 16km path zig zags to the 1580m summit. We had weather on our side. Cool and misty on the way up, clearing to bright sunshine on the descent. As the mist lifted you appreciate why Wanaka is such a honeypot. Azure lakes complete with green mountain ridges.

The strange sight of rose hips lined the route for a good part of the way up. That together with the sheep and rabbits are a reminder of how the settlers have influenced the land. Add to that the grape vines along the shore.

A green and pleasant land. At least on glorious sunny days like today.

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