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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 makes the 'Top Three Kiwi Travellers Destinations'

Where do Kiwi's choose to holiday? The Lake Wanaka region of course! And why not? Everything is here, is easy to get to and is still an off the beaten track destination for those seeking a traditional Kiwi getaway.

Mou Wahou Island The Hidden Gem of the Lake

A magical thirty minute boat ride from the town center of Wanaka lies a hidden gem that draws locals and visitors to become part of the wondrous rejuvenation of an islands native flora and wildlife.

Johan Discovers the Rob Roy Glacier, near Lake Wanaka

It was on a beautiful spring day that my friends and I decided to do one of New Zealand's best half-day walk, Rob Roy Track.

A New Year's Wish in Wanaka

No resolutions for me this year - this year I'm all about wishes. And what better place to make my New Year's Wish than Wishbone Falls in the magnificent Matukituki Valley in the Lake Wanaka region.

The Best Accommodation in the World

According to @william_patino of Instagram fame and a mighty fine landscape photographer, Whare Kea Chalet in the Lake Wanaka region is the "best accommodation in the world". Well, he's absolutely right!

Le Backpacker discovers the Gem of Wanaka

A hidden gem, one of those rare places that few get to see, Lake Wanaka's Mou Waho Island is one of New Zealand's treasured locations. Predator-free and the home of endangered wildlife, the island also has a very special feature!

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Offering a range of “must-do” adventures including Lake Cruise and Island Nature Walk, Rob Roy Glacier Guided Walk, Heli Hiking the Alpine Lakes...

Wanaka Marina, Wanaka

From $125 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

Let's go FIKA!

In Swedish FIKA means coffee break. FIKA pronounced (Fee-KA). FIKA is a Swedish tradition.

Authentic handcrafted Swedish fika favourites - including...

1 Frederick Street, Wanaka

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

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

Overlooking Lake Wanaka our guided ride takes you on a scenic trek through Rippon Vineyard. Enjoy the panoramic views and experience a wine...

PO Box 693, Wanaka

We have a passion for health and fitness. Our promise is to inspire anyone who walks through our doors towards incredible fitness. We...

17 Plantation Road, Wanaka

Its not every day that you strap yourself to a beautiful stranger and leap from a perfectly good aircraft ! Welcome to Skydive...

14 Mustang Lane, Wanaka

For an exhilarating way to see this stunning region, take a tour on our spectacular 3-seater cruising trike. Heads will turn as we...

114 Albert Town - Lake Hawea Road, Wanaka

From $50 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5

Descend the spectacular canyons of the Matukituki valley. Explore your way through crystal pools and native forest.
Plunge down water polished chutes, abseil...

100 Ardmore St, Wanaka

From $240 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0