Getting to Wanaka is easy either by air, bus or self drive. Three international airports are in close proximiy to Wanaka and the Queenstown Airport is serviced daily from all major New Zealand airports. From Queenstown it is a short drive to Wanaka or you can catch one of the scheduled shuttles. Regular coach services to and from the main centres arrive and depart daily and if driving yourself then you can choose your destination.
Wanaka Bus Services:
Regular coach services link Lake Wanaka with Queenstown, Dunedin, Christchurch, Invercargill and the West Coast including Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers.
Driving on the South Island roads of New Zealand is fairly straight forward with wide, relatively quiet roads and some of the most amazing scenery just right outside the window. Just remember to watch the road and keep left.
All the major car and campervan hire companies are available at Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown airports. Many of these offers specials and discounts so keep an eye out for these.
|Queenstown (via Crown Range Road)||68 km||1 hr 10 mins|
|Christchurch||424 km||5 hrs 25 mins|
|Dunedin||276 km||3 hrs 30 mins|
|Franz Josef Glacier||287 km||3 hrs 35 mins|
|Milford Sound||394 km||5 hrs|
|Mt Cook||203 km||2 hrs 30 mins|
|Tekapo||198 km||2 hrs 30 mins|
|Invercargill||285 km||3 hrs 35 mins|
|Greymouth||469 km||5 hrs 50 mins|
|Picton||773 km||9 hrs 40 mins|