One of the attractions of a stay in Wanaka is that it combines the warmth of small town living with the quality and attention to detail you’d expect of an international holiday destination.
In winter, skiers flock here from all over the world for superb skiing and snowboarding, including cross-country and heli-skiing. But activities here are year-round, including canyoning, climbing, skydiving and more. Nearby towns of Queenstown, Cromwell and Alexandra ensure plenty to explore, but visitors will probably be quite happy to simply sit in a café and take in the view of beautiful Lake Wanaka.
The Best of Wanaka
Mount Aspiring National Park - From soaring mountains and glaciers to tranquil river flats, exploring the wilderness of this World Heritage Area is easy from Wanaka. With scenic flights, glacier landings, jet-boat and 4WD tours all available, you don’t need to be a mountaineer to appreciate this incredible landscape.
Lake and River Water Fun - Crystal clear lakes and rivers are at the heart of Wanaka’s outdoor lifestyle. Enjoy a relaxing boat cruise to visit Lake Wanaka’s islands, experience the thrill of jet-boating, hire a kayak, or try your hand at fishing.
Airborne Adventures - Wanaka from the air is an experience never to be forgotten. Take your pick of airborne adventure - helicopter glacier landings, scenic flights, vintage WWI and WWII fighter planes, skydiving from 15,000ft – or you can even fly a plane yourself!
Unique Attractions - Fun, quirky, exciting and always engaging, created by people with passion to share… Wanaka’s attractions are unique, just like the personalities behind them.
Walking and Hiking - Wanaka offers some of the best hiking in New Zealand, from short local walks along the lakes and rivers to full or multi-day guided adventures in Mt Aspiring National Park. A must-do is the Rob Roy Glacier track.
Mountain Biking & Cycling - Wanaka has some of the best mountain biking and road cycling in New Zealand and the Lake Wanaka region boasts a network of over 700kms of bike trails.
Skiing and Snowboarding - Wanaka has Australasia’s largest skiable terrain offering the space and freedom to enjoy the best winter has to offer. Wanaka has three world-class ski areas – Cardrona Alpine Resort, Treble Cone and Snow Farm – plus the second largest heli-skiing area in the world!...
Autumn Colours - Autumn in Wanaka is a spectacular time of year and a photographer’s dream when the autumnal leaves turn to vibrant reds & golds.
Food & Wine - Enjoy food fresh off the land, matched with fine local wines and friendly hospitality while soaking up the spectacular views….
Events - The spectacular backdrop of Lake Wanaka adds a new dimension to any event and Wanaka is home to some of the best in the world which include the Warbirds Over Wanaka Airshow (Easter 2016 / 2018), Challenge Wanaka, Rhythm & Alps and lots more!
Videos on the Region and other New Zealand Regions
Wanaka Regional Tourism Organisation (Wanaka Tourism)
Find an i-SITES Visitor Information Centre
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