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Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Lake Wanaka region

There’s a must do for everyone in Lake Wanaka.  And you can do it at your own pace. With literally hundreds of things to do and hundreds of incredible places to do them, the top ten reasons to visit Lake Wanaka quickly become the top ten reasons to stay for good.

If you need inspiration browse through the reasons listed below or take a look at some of the recommended trip itineraries. Mt Aspiring National Park, walks, hikes, mountain bike tracks, scenic flights, crazy collections, unique attractions, skiing and snowboarding, anything on the water…indulge, explore, get into it, any way you want, just about any time of the year.

If there was ever a reason to love Lake Wanaka, we’ve just given you ten!


10 Must Do's Around Lake Wanaka

1. Explore Mt Aspiring National Park
1. Explore Mt Aspiring National Park
It is a walker's paradise and a must for mountaineers & easily accessible from the Lake Wanaka region..
2. Visit one of our unique attractions
2. Visit one of our unique attractions
Be puzzled, amused, entertained & delighted at one of our outstanding attractions.
3. Choose a track and take a walk...
3. Choose a track and take a walk...
With over 750 kilometres of tracks around Wanaka youll be spoilt for choice the hardest part is choosing.
4. For the best view get up in the air...
4. For the best view get up in the air...
Glaciers, mountains, lakes and rivers, we've got it all & so easy to get to & see...
5. Hit the slopes for some fun in the snow
5. Hit the slopes for some fun in the snow
Bigger, higher and better, definitely the best place in New Zealand to ski...
6. Get out on our lakes & rivers
6. Get out on our lakes & rivers
Whether you're on it or in it, take time to explore the crystal clear waterways of our region, you won't be disappointed.
7. Grab a bike and get peddling...
7. Grab a bike and get peddling...
Flat and easy, wide and rolling or narrow and tricky, whatever your preference we can match a track to your skill level.
8. Have an eventful time in Lake Wanaka...
8. Have an eventful time in Lake Wanaka...
Be inspired, entertained and delighted by the world class events held in Lake Wanaka
9. A food & wine lovers paradise...
9. A food & wine lovers paradise...
Food makes any trip memorable and in Lake Wanaka it's fresher than the people serving it!
10. Fall for Autumn in Lake Wanaka
10. Fall for Autumn in Lake Wanaka
Colour, passion, romance & inspiration are the flavours of autumn...


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More information on All Activities & Experiences, Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

20 Must Do Events in the Lake Wanaka Region in 2014/2015

Events reflect the place they're in and the people who live there. That means incredible backdrops, acres of smiles and inspired individuals following their passion.

8 Must Do's at Lake Wanaka's Unique Attractions

Fun, quirky, exciting, and always engaging, created by people with passions to share... Wanaka's attractions are unique, just like the personalities behind them.

9 Must Do Airborne Adventures in the Lake Wanaka Region

The intense clarity of the sky over Wanaka and Hawea brings the countryside to life in a vivid colour palette of green meadows, sparkling blue waterways and golden hills.

Lake Wanaka is in the Top Ten Destinations in New Zealand!

It's no surprise to me that my gorgeous little town of Wanaka made it onto the 2014 Travellers Choice Top Ten Destinations in New Zealand - and it should be no surprise to any of you!

9 Must Do's Walking and Hiking in the Lake Wanaka region

Put your best foot forward around the Lake Wanaka region on walks with one thing in common, the freedom to explore. The longest journeys begin with a single step but why stop there?

9 Must Do's Cycling On and Off Road in the Lake Wanaka Region

Big thrills on endless single tracks, big air in the jump park, big smiles on scenic rides - for road or off-road lovers of every level, there's a track or trail for you in the Lake Wanaka region.

8 Must Do Autumn Colour Highlights in the Lake Wanaka Region

The Lake Wanaka region is the perfect place to to kick your way through piles of crisp, dry leaves. Or take a palette and easel to the beach, or a camera, or just a deck chair and good book.

10 Must Do Skiing and Snowboarding Activities

Home to Australasia's largest skiable terrain, the Lake Wanaka region's weather defaults to blue skies at the drop of a hat, and every snow activity is on offer!

8 Must Do Food & Wine Activities in the Lake Wanaka Region

Merino lamb raised on the hills, crusty, fresh artisan bread, homemade cheeses, and pinot noir from the vines across the lake, all topped off with the town's award winning ice cream...does it get better?

10 Must Do's on the Lakes and Rivers

Dip your toe in, dip in a rod or launch your boat in to the region's outdoor lifestyle. Just pick yourself a waterway, you're likely the only ones there!

8 Must Do's in Mt Aspiring National Park

Striking landforms, from soaring mountains and spectacular glaciers, to tranquil river flats make exploring Mount Aspiring National Park wilderness an unforgettable experience.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

74 Bill's Way, Wanaka

From $99 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wanaka Wellness centre offers an integrated approach to health and wellbeing. We provide professional services that focuses on natural and holistic healthcare to...

24 Dungarvon Street, Wanaka

One of the largest private collection in the world with 4 major buildings housing over 600 vehicles, 12 aircraft, 30,000 toys and 1,000’s...

State Highway 6, Wanaka

From $5 NZD

The Snow Farm is NZ's commercial track Nordic Ski area. 50 km of internationally standard groomed trails for both classic and ski skating....

Crown Range Road, Wanaka

From $40 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

From $170 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0