The Lake Wanaka Region Story
The freedom to do your own thing, away from the crowds, with breath-taking lakes and mountains as your playground. We love our lifestyle. We know you’ll love it too.
Welcoming you to the Lake Wanaka region is about showing you a place most of us have made a conscious choice to call home, drawn by the outstanding beauty of the area and the opportunity to indulge in our favourite outdoor activities every day. So there’s no hard sell. We’re genuinely excited about sharing our local knowledge so you can make the most of your time and come to love the Lake Wanaka region as much as we do.
We feel a strong responsibility to protect the incredible pristine environment in the Lake Wanaka region. The freedom to splash in the crystal clear lakes, breathe in the pure mountain air... we’ll never take it for granted. Back in 1973, residents secured special government legislation so Lake Wanaka can never be dammed and retains an unmodified shoreline. Today, this work continues with groups such as the Department of Conservation, Guardians of Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea helping ensure that our environment remains unspoilt.
We’re keen to keep the character, Kiwi flavour and independent passion in our community. The majority of activities and experiences on offer have come from people who have built a business around sharing their personal interests be it boating, mountain biking or food and wine. We do our utmost to champion owner operators. Click here to see some great video stories on a few on them.
What binds our vibrant community is the feeling of being privileged in sharing this special way of life, away from the crowds. Our locals come from around the corner or the other side of the world. In the Lake Wanaka region, when you visit, you can live and feel like a local for a few days, a season or forever. It’s in the community spirit.
The freedom to explore is a rare thing in today’s world. The Lake Wanaka region and the nearby Mt Aspiring National Park World Heritage Area are a spectacular natural playground, one which we’re committed to making accessible for your enjoyment whilst adhering to the best environmental practices. These values govern the work of non-profit organizations like the Department of Conservation, Te Kakano, the Matukituki Trust and the Upper Clutha Tracks Trust.
Lake Wanaka in 90 seconds
There's more than one reason it's called the world's first lifestyle reserve. The lack of crowds; the freedom to do what you love; the scenery; the space among the like-minded; the welcome from people who understand; the energy and the daring; the crystal clear water. It's about the time to breathe, take it all in, feel carefree, full of life, and realise it'll stay with you long after you've left.