Quiet Moments at Eely Point
On a peaceful afternoon drive from Queenstown, we arrived in Wanaka to check out the infamous “Lone Tree of Wanaka”. On our way, we accidentally came across the Cardrona Bra Fence, and witnessed some incredible views along the Crown Range Road. While driving along the lake, we came to Eely Point. We under the shade of some massive coastal trees, and walked to the edge of the water. Eli was asleep in the backseat, so we rolled the windows down and took a few minutes to enjoy the view. We sat on a bench soaking it all in. It was magic!
I’m not sure how New Zealand does it, but we often felt like we were the only people for miles. The irony is that we were there in the peak season, and there were barely any hotels that weren’t fully booked! And somehow… it never felt crowded. Often it felt completely deserted!
About Eely Point
Eely Point is a beautiful and fairly sheltered reserve found a short walk along the lake from Wanaka town. It is a favourite among boaters, picnickers and joggers. Eely Point is one of Wanaka’s best recreational reserves because it caters to so many needs. There are a number of BBQs available for anyone to use, with big square benches to laze around on. On the north side of Eely point is Bremner Bay, a great little summer swimming spot.
The boat ramp is a great launch spot for access to anywhere in Roy’s Bay. The is also a frizbee golf course. It is 18 holes of relatively flat, wooded terrain – great for a gentle afternoon in the sun.
HOW TO GET THERE: Eely point is a popular, sheltered boating and picnicking area. From Wanaka town follow the lake shore to the right, past the marina, and on to Eely Point. Carrying on round the point for another five minutes takes you to Bremner Bay, a good family swimming spot.
Our next stop: Get back to Queenstown for a delicious home cooked meal at our friends. As you can see in the above images, there was some cloud cover rolling in from one direction. We didn’t think too much of it at the time – probably because we were just admiring the gorgeous surroundings! It was about to be a pretty stormy evening.
We didn’t want to leave this secluded little spot that we had found along Eely Point, but that was pretty much the standard feeling that we felt everywhere we went in New Zealand. We wish that we could stay there, forever…