Alex and I took a week holiday in Wanaka in January 2018. On our last full day we decided to bag a couple of peaks before lunch! Isthmus Peak is a vertical kilometre climb on an 8km trail which took us 1h35m to get to the top from the carpark. There were beautiful panoramic views over Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea which this range separates. After a brief rest at Isthmus Peak we loped south along the ridgeline a couple of km to take in the next peak (don’t know its name).
We took our sweet time on the way back down after conquering the two peaks, mainly to protect Alex’s knee/hamstring (not to mention my feet; we are both a little injured still!). But also because we wanted to soak in the views.
A little investigating amongst the rocks uncovered a beautiful Common Skink (Oligosoma polychroma).
Overall it was an awesome morning!! Directly afterwards I was feeling euphoric enough to want to do another couple in the afternoon :)