Wanaka is the jewel of the Southern Lakes. A town rich in natural beauty, a vibrant bar and restaurant scene and an outdoor playground for adventure. Our town is the perfect place to rest and rejuvenate, or spend time on the lake, walking in the mountains, biking, or skiing Cardrona, Treble Cone or Snowfarm. We are on the doorstep of Aspiring National Park, on the shores of Lake Wanaka, and flanked by the mighty Clutha River. Puzzle World, the Cardrona Hotel and #thatwanakatree are Wanaka ‘Must See’s.
Wanaka has an abundance of superb walks, from a short hike up Mount Iron to a day trip up Roy’s Peak. Local favourites include Rocky Mountain and Fisherman’s track. Follow the lake or river, hike the hills or walk to the Wanaka Tree; you will find the walk to suit you in Wanaka.
Mountain BikingEnjoy professional tracks at Glendhu Bike Park, check out Sticky Forest or meander the shores of Lake Wanaka by bike. Check out the local bike hire and ebike stockists.
Wanaka hosts some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world. Visit Cardrona for family fun and world-class hospitality, Treble Cone for challenging terrain and beautiful views, and Snow Farm for picturesque scenery and New Zealand’s only cross-country skiing resort.
Wanaka A&P ShowOne of the South Island’s largest and most popular agricultural and pastoral shows set on the shores of Lake Wanaka. A fun day for family and friends, viewing agricultural and pastoral products, displays and events.
Warbirds over Wanaka
Every other Easter, Wanaka hosts the legendary Warbirds over Wanaka International Air Show. Enthusiasts come from far and wide to experience displays of vintage and modern aircraft.
Visit Wanaka’s stunning wineries – Rippon on the shores of Lake Wanaka, Mt Maude tasting room, or take a Wanaka Wine Tour.
Step back in time at the historic Cardrona Hotel. Settle in for the afternoon or evening to enjoy the food and local beer and wine.
Lavender FarmEnjoy the Lavender Farm and all it has to offer. Experience a working lavender farm with farm animals, gift shop, honey shop, tearooms and display gardens.
KayakingGet out on the lake with a kayak or a stand-up paddle board from Wanaka Paddle. Visit Ruby Island or check out the shoreline around the town. Stunning views and a beautiful lake.
Scenic FlightsTake a trip by air into the incredible Aspiring National Park. Fly over the mighty Matukituki by helicopter, vintage aeroplane or small plane.
GolfEnjoy one of the world’s most picturesque golf courses, high above the town of Wanaka. Take on 9 or 18 holes on one of the most beautiful courses in the country.
One of the best family activities you can do while on holiday in Wanaka. Enjoy the Illusion Rooms, Puzzle Centre and get lost in the world-famous Maze. The perfect place to have fun with the kids.
We invite you to stay a while and enjoy the charm of Wanaka.