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FOR A UNIQUE VIEW
FOR A UNIQUE VIEW
There's always someone daring enough to take in the view from a different perspective.
Image: Skydiving over Lake Wanaka. Skydive Lake Wanaka
AMAZING GLACIERS
AMAZING GLACIERS
Try a scenic flght over the Southern Alps for an unforgettable experience.
Image: Southern Alps Air scenic flight around Mt Aspiring.
TAKE TIME TO ENJOY LIFE
TAKE TIME TO ENJOY LIFE
Grab a paddle board and go for a paddle on the lake or down the river.
Image: Paddle boarding, Wanaka. Alpine Image Co. Ltd
EXPLORE OUR TRACKS
EXPLORE OUR TRACKS
Lake Wanaka is blessed with an amazing network of tracks for mountain biking and walking.
Image: Mountain biking by Meadow Lea Hut, Pisa Range
HAVE A SHOT
HAVE A SHOT
Breath deeply, take aim, squeeze the trigger carefully - the art of 0.22 small-bore.
Image: .22 calibre smallbore rifle range at Have A Shot
GET INTO THE WATER
GET INTO THE WATER
The best way to enjoy our outstanding rivers and lakes is to get into them...
Image: Deep canyoning in the Matukituki Valley. Deep Canyon
SLOW DOWN
SLOW DOWN
Slow down and really see and feel the whole experience - you'll love it!
Image: Tiger Moth flight with Classic Flights

 

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Activities

Wanaka Activities

Wanaka is a year-round destination. Its settled climate provides a ready supply of clear skies and warm  temperatures. While Wanaka’s spectacular setting and its proximity to Mt Aspiring National Park make it ideal for outdoor recreation, there are many other ways to appreciate the township and the surrounding area.

More than a dozen vineyards now exist between Cromwell and Wanaka – offering wine enthusiasts an enjoyable day’s touring. A growing number of cafes and restaurants create innovative food from local produce. Wanaka is also home to an emerging art scene. A number of local galleries, as well as café walls, offer visitors the chance to check out the local talent. Some artisans extend an invitation to visit them at work in their studios. Also worth a visit are a number of carefully tended private gardens that open their doors to visitors.


There are many ways to enjoy Wanaka’s beautiful outdoor environment. Visitors can choose from gentle day walks or bike rides around the lake-edge, to skiing, sky-diving, a lake cruise or canyoning. The local rivers and lakes are renowned for their trout, fishing guides can show you the lesser-known locations. The lakes can be enjoyed by sailboat, kayak or wind surfer. The rivers are a focus for river surfing, kayaking, rafting and jet boating. The local crags are popular with climbers and of course the park offers many opportunities for walking, trekking and mountaineering.


It is well worth taking the time to explore Wanaka’s environs. Follow the Cardrona Valley up to the historic hotel for a pint; cruise out to Lake Hawea for a swim or a stroll along the waterfront; explore a high country station on a 4WD adventure; head out towards Cromwell, stopping at the unique Puzzling World and New Zealand Fighter Pilots Museum; spend a day in the Matukituki Valley – the gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park. Or enjoy the park from the air: the scenic flight from Wanaka to Milford passes over the World Heritage area, taking in high glaciated peaks and the curling coastline of Fiordland. 

 

 

 

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