A drive through the lakes, vineyards and lakes to Mount Aspiring National Park, two hours from Queenstown is definitely for the trip itinerary. The destination is the Blue Pools walk which is 20 minutes each way though ferns, mosses and beautiful forests. There are two swing bridges and a stone beach along the way where other visitors have set up little stone towers that look like a Miha Brinovec masterpiece.
The light is scattered in such a way so that the water colour is a bright emerald green when it is overcast and bright blue in the sunshine. Unfortunately when it is raining that all turns to mud.