Wanaka, New Zealand.
That city will always hold a special place in my heart for indescribable reasons. It’s one of the places you go, never expecting anything from and you unexpectedly fall in love with its character and the people you meet there. If you’re ever in Wanaka take a stroll around for me.
Also, take a dip in the lake and swim to the dock in the middle of the night. It’ll be chilly but it’ll be worth it. The star gazing is unbelievable.
On another less cheesy note, there’s a number of hikes near there. We did the one leading to Rob Roy glacier which isn’t as popular as some other ones. However, we got to witness one of the most epic landscapes I have ever had the pleasure of taking in. We were lucky enough to even witness an avalanche occur from our (very safe) spot at the base of the mountain. Such an epic site.
Originally we’d only planned on staying one day here, but because we were essentially taking our travel plans day by day we were able to stay an extra night in this wonderful town.
Travel tip: Booking hostels daily is great for flexibility, just make sure you do it as soon as you know your plans otherwise you might get stuck without a hostel, or one a few km out of town!
Ps. Check out my travel video I made while road tripping around New Zealand