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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!

Johan Lolos - My Top 10 Lake Wanaka Highlights

Johan Lolos, @lebackpacker, came to the Lake Wanaka region for a weekend. He ended up staying for seven months! Johan fell in love with Wanaka and the surrounding mountains, lakes, rivers and valleys. Here's why...

10 reasons why Lonely Planet ranks Wanaka in the top 100

Lonely Planet's intrepid travellers have just released their Ultimate Travlist - the Top 500 places to visit in the world and guess who made the Top 100!!! Lake Wanaka!

Foodie Friday - Federal Diner does Dinner!

It's one of the local favourites and it's now doing dinner. Where to eat in Wanaka? Federal Diner is an #NZMustdo #foodie fav!

How to perfect a picnic that packs a punch!

It's spring here in Lake Wanaka and we're pretty excited. As the weather warms and the sun shines bright, picnics on the beach are on our mind. Here's how to perfect a picnic platter.

5 of the most popular stories about the fabulous Lake Wanaka

People love Lake Wanaka! Why? Read the most popular blog posts in the last month and find out why people are loving this spectacular little town in the Southern Alps, New Zealand.

Let them eat cake - it's good for you!

If it looks good, tastes good, makes you feel good, then it has to be good for you, right? Cakes of Wanaka in the Lake Wanaka region creates beautiful wedding cakes, birthday cakes, any kind of celebratory cake - and cake for every day.

Off the beaten track in amazing Mt Aspiring

The east branch of the Matukituki River is one of the lesser visited valleys in the Mount Aspiring National Park, yet is just as accessible as its more famous neighbour the Rob Roy Glacier Track. It's been on my To Do List for some time!

Welcome to Wanaka! WIP's first influencers go glacial

The warmest Wanaka welcome to our very first Wanaka Influencer Programme recipients! Amberly and Florent, Of Two Lands, are here to live like a local, explore our wilderness and experience our lifestyle in the stunning Lake Wanaka region.

Why innovation is key to the Wanaka Wine Region

The Central Otago region is well known for exceptional wine, especially Pinot Noir, and there's certainly an abundance of delectable palette pleasers. So what do you do to get noticed in a region synonymous with excellence? Innovate!

3 easy ways to win a food lovers heart

1. Bring them to the Lake Wanaka region. 2. Take them to Bistro Gentil, where French cuisine meets fresh, seasonal local ingredients. 3. Invite an intimate group of lovers of truly great food. Heart Won!

A lake on an island, on a lake on an island, in the ocean...

Sounds a little like a fairy tale - a lost world on a secret island, but this beautiful place really exists in the breathtaking Lake Wanaka region. Join our resident influencers on a journey to the hidden gem of Mou Waho Island.

Feel the BURN - loving the Fern Burn Hike

There's plenty of reasons to love the Fern Burn Walk in the Lake Wanaka region - my top pick, the gorgeous waterfalls and cascading stream in a sheltered forest of native green. Perfect for a hot or windy spring day.

3 of the best! Its Cocktail Hour in Lake Wanaka

When I heard local cocktail connoisseur and mixologist, James Crinson had made the top 3 in a worldwide cocktail competition, AND that his mix was inspired by Wanaka, I just had to give it a try!

Foodie Friday - For that very Special Occasion...

Want to create the perfect special occasion? A birthday perhaps, proposal, honeymoon breakfast, anniversary, or just treating someone precious? Then this Lake Wanaka region Heli Champagne Breakfast is for you!

How to go camping like a Kiwi

That good old camping holiday as a kid. Long, hot days, swimming in the lake, the smell of barbecuing sausages and summer - these relaxing holidays still exist at Lake Hawea near Wanaka, New Zealand.

The most amazing picnic dinner ever

Roy's Peak is not usually thought of as a picnic spot. Its a 3-4 hour hike up through farmland to mountain tops that tower over Lake Wanaka. But if a stunning sunset, Roy's Peak to yourself and great food sound good - read on!

22 sensational reasons to eat and drink in Wanaka

Wanaka is foodie heaven! Here's a round up of the best places to eat and drink and a few of the local foodie favourites and #mustdo 's in the beautiful Lake Wanaka region.

How to celebrate the New Year in Wanaka

New Year's Eve is fast approaching and for those celebrating in the Lake Wanaka region, here's a list of super awesome things to do and some of the epic events on offer.

Why go Mexican in Wanaka this summer

You wouldn't expect to find authentic Mexican food in an alpine town in New Zealand, but the Lake Wanaka region offers locals and visitors alike a deliciosa Mexican experience - sombrero's included!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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

, Wanaka

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Winner of 'NZ's Best Ski Area', Treble Cone is the South Island's largest ski area and is famous for long un-crowded groomed runs,...

Mt Aspiring Road, Wanaka

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

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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

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Adventure Consultants is a world renowned mountaineering company based in Wanaka. We offer introductory mountaineering courses, guided ascents, private group trekking, ice climbing...

20 Brownston St, Wanaka

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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

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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

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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

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

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Massage in Wanaka is centrally located with an excellent reputation for professional, highly skilled therapists for over 22 years. Our tailored approach covers...

24 Dungarvon Street,, Wanaka

From $20 NZD

We offer a full range of packaged scenic helicopter flights to Mt Aspiring & Glaciers, Milford Sound and Mt Cook as well as...

2211 Mt Aspiring Road, Wanaka

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Offering the Great Maze, Illusion Rooms, Roman Toilets, Leaning Tower, Puzzle Centre & gift shop and café, Puzzling World has eccentricity covered and...

188 Wanaka-Luggate, Wanaka

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Ride behind one of the world's premier purpose-built Nautique wakeboard boats.
We provide coaching, music, wetsuits and equipment; all you need to bring...

25 Ewing Place, Wanaka

Small on numbers, big on satisfaction. Guided tours for all abilities including: cycling lakeside trails, heli biking and backcountry rides.

We offer a...

99 Ardmore St, Wanaka

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