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What do you call a place where there are lakes, rivers, mountains, wineries, amazing dining and endless activities, all existing within a distinctive climate of long hot summers, snowy winters, golden autumns and clear, calm springs? You call it Lake Wanaka.

A land of beautifully diverse extremes on the doorstep of Mt Aspiring National Park the Lake Wanaka region feeds the soul, inspires the heart and fulfils passions from artistic to extreme.

The ultimate adventure hub, Lake Wanaka offers a huge range of outdoor adventure activities. The landscape was designed to challenge. Hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, paragliding, kite surfing – anything that requires an adrenaline kick – is on tap with guides and specialists on hand.

Enjoy award-winning Central Otago wines and fine food, experience arts and culture influenced by this spectacular setting, be pampered beyond your most extravagant dreams – it is also an environment of peace, love and tranquillity. Feed your soul, inspire your people – be it family, friends or colleagues – the incentive to come is the beauty; the reason to stay is Lake Wanaka feels like home.

It is a land that seduces you with its beauty and immerses you in unique adventures. It is a land whose memory lasts a lifetime. It is a land with a thousand things to do and every one of them life changing. This is Lake Wanaka.

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Activities
Activities
There is no excuse for sitting on the beach...unless you choose to
Unique Attractions
Unique Attractions
Fun, quirky, exciting and always engaging, Wanaka’s attractions are unique.
Dining
Dining
Casual, quirky, formal or take away, we have your dining needs covered...
Retail
Retail
Wanaka is a shopaholics delight, from basic to designer we’ll get you covered!
Conferences
Conferences
Lake Wanaka. Everything your conference needs. Just quietly.
Business Events
Business Events
Corporate landscapes all look the same. Real landscapes inspire changes.
Incentive Travel
Incentive Travel
Your people work hard for their rewards, & nothing says thank you like Wanaka.
Weddings
Weddings
A special place for your very special day...

 

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Wanaka - One of National Geographics Top 25 Ski Towns!

Just what makes a classic ski town? It starts, naturally, with skiing and snowboarding so good they attract people like youth-bestowing fountains. Then add an inviting mountain burg steeped in ski heritage, amenities, and culture. —Aaron Teasdale

A Lake Wanaka Autumn Wedding

Pristine lakes, mountains of majestic beauty, and golden leaves, which cast an amber ambiance create the perfect antique glamour of a Wanaka wedding in autumn.

Gigatown Wanaka needs your help!

Get behind #gigatownwanaka in the nationwide Gigatown Competition

20 Must Do Events in the Lake Wanaka Region in 2014/2015

Events reflect the place they're in and the people who live there. That means incredible backdrops, acres of smiles and inspired individuals following their passion.

8 Must Do Food & Wine Activities in the Lake Wanaka Region

Merino lamb raised on the hills, crusty, fresh artisan bread, homemade cheeses, and pinot noir from the vines across the lake, all topped off with the town's award winning ice cream...does it get better?

8 Must Do's at Lake Wanaka's Unique Attractions

Fun, quirky, exciting, and always engaging, created by people with passions to share... Wanaka's attractions are unique, just like the personalities behind them.

9 Must Do Airborne Adventures in the Lake Wanaka Region

The intense clarity of the sky over Wanaka and Hawea brings the countryside to life in a vivid colour palette of green meadows, sparkling blue waterways and golden hills.

9 Must Do's Walking and Hiking in the Lake Wanaka region

Put your best foot forward around the Lake Wanaka region on walks with one thing in common, the freedom to explore. The longest journeys begin with a single step but why stop there?

9 Must Do's Cycling On and Off Road in the Lake Wanaka Region

Big thrills on endless single tracks, big air in the jump park, big smiles on scenic rides - for road or off-road lovers of every level, there's a track or trail for you in the Lake Wanaka region.

Sicily in Wanaka - A 5 Course Degustation Sensation!

The Lake Wanaka region has it's own delectable slice of Italy right in the heart of the vibrant lakefront town of Wanaka. The very best in Italian food delivered with a distinctly fresh and unique Kiwi twist...

The New York Times falls in love with Lake Wanaka

"It looked like something out of “When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth,” but colored and highlighted by Andy Warhol." - Joe Drape, Reporter The NewYork Times

The New Zealand Herald sings the praises of the Rob Roy Glacier Track

Widely touted as the best half day walk in the country, the Rob Roy Glacier hike takes you deep into Mt Aspiring National Park. Josie Dale from The NZ Herald shares her experience...

10 Must Do's on the Lakes and Rivers

Dip your toe in, dip in a rod or launch your boat in to the region's outdoor lifestyle. Just pick yourself a waterway, you're likely the only ones there!

8 Must Do's in Mt Aspiring National Park

Striking landforms, from soaring mountains and spectacular glaciers, to tranquil river flats make exploring Mount Aspiring National Park wilderness an unforgettable experience.

8 Must Do Autumn Colour Highlights in the Lake Wanaka Region

The Lake Wanaka region is the perfect place to to kick your way through piles of crisp, dry leaves. Or take a palette and easel to the beach, or a camera, or just a deck chair and good book.

10 Must Do Skiing and Snowboarding Activities

Home to Australasia's largest skiable terrain, the Lake Wanaka region's weather defaults to blue skies at the drop of a hat, and every snow activity is on offer!

Our small-group, authentic Farm Safaris and exclusive Photography tours explore the best of Wanaka's raw natural beauty. Travel private back-roads on one of...

11 Sandy's Lane, Wanaka

Wilkin River Jets/Backcountry Helicopters.
Established 1968 and pioneers of shallow water jet boating and wilderness discovery. Operating from the timeless land of Makarora -...

Haast Pass Highway SH6 Cnr, Makarora-Wanaka

From $119 NZD

Our expert team of skiers and snowboarders are passionate about creating an ultimate ski and board experience for all of our guests. From...

, Wanaka

From $1895 NZD

We GUARANTEE you the Ultimate ski or snowboard hire experience! Book the latest gear online and collect it when you arrive in town....

39 Helwick Street, Wanaka

Treble Cone, the South Islands largest ski area, is famous for its long un-crowded groomed runs, legendary off-piste terrain and unrivalled views over...

Mt Aspiring Road, Wanaka

yello! offers friendly and prompt door to door airport transfers, cabs, ski field transport and much more. With vehicles ranging from small cars...

PO Box 784, Wanaka

More than an exciting jet boat ride… this half day wilderness adventure takes you where you oughta go-Mount Aspiring National Park. See hanging...

Departures from 99 Ardmore, Wanaka

Lake Cruise and Island Nature Walk, a "must-do" in Wanaka; Rob Roy Glacier Guided Trek (the jewel of Mt. Aspiring National Park); Alpine...

, Wanaka

From $125 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

Racers Edge is Wanaka's premier ski + bike + outdoor store. We are specialists in ski, snowboard and bike rental/hire, boot fitting, bike...

99 Ardmore Street, Wanaka

Have you ever dreamed of experiencing a piece of aviation history? To step back in time where Pilots were larger than life, and...

6 Spitfire Lane, Wanaka

From $249 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

New Zealand's most experienced Heliski and Heliboard Company with over thirty years of operation – Harris Mountains Heliski has an extensive variety of...

99 Ardmore Street, Wanaka

Backcountry Helicopters offers personalised scenic helicopter flights.

Departing from Makarora to Mount Aspiring, Milford Sound or Mount Cook your flight will encompass more glaciers...

Cnr Rata Rd/State Higway 6, Wanaka

From $150 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 4.5

Experience stunning Lake Wanaka from the deck of our luxury 8 metre launch.
We offer fishing, cruising, picnics and private charters on the lake.
Lake...

74 Bill's Way, Wanaka

From $99 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

From famous Milford Sound to the spectacular West Coast Glaciers, Wanaka Flightseeing offers “Flights of Discovery’. Uninterrupted viewing over the Southern Alps, towering...

Wanaka Airport, Wanaka

Florences Foodstore & Café is an experiential food destination, where one can eat and drink at the café or on the terrace and...

Cnr Orchard & Cardrona Rds, Wanaka

Perfect for beginners, youth and entire families, the north-facing slopes of The Remarkables are home to versatile terrain, fantastic learning facilities and fun...

, Queenstown

People of all ages love to play the Wanaka Paintball. Games start from $25.00 per person including gun, overalls, masks, and 100 paintballs....

361 Riverbank Road, Wanaka

From $45 NZD

Visit this unique, low cost and enjoyable attraction and enjoy a range of shooting activities that can only be experienced at Have A...

RD 2, Lake Wanaka

Mount Aspiring College combines an excellent education in a magnificent Alpine setting. International students can benefit from studying in a safe, beautiful environment...

119 Plantation Road, Wanaka

From $285 NZD

The Peak’s easily accessable rollercoaster terrain embraces every level of skier and rider. Consistent snow conditions with Mother Nature given a helping hand...

, Queenstown