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Lake Wanaka Activities, New Zealand

With so many ways to discover the beauty of Lake Wanaka you’re free to choose the adventure of your choice! Few other destinations offer such a diverse and spectacular variety of outdoor experiences.

Air Activities

Gazing up at the mountains is one thing – soaring above them is something else entirely. When you take to the skies in Lake Wanaka, you are entering a whole new world of adventure. Lush wilderness, gleaming waterways, and a vast expanse of towering peaks stretching all the way to the West Coast of New Zealand – this is your view of Lake Wanaka - where the sky, literally, is your limit!

Scenic Flights into the limitless beauty of Mt Aspiring National Park and to Milford Sound from Wanaka take you deep into the heart of glacier country. Get up close and personal with Mt Aspiring, the ‘Matterhorn of the south’; strap yourself to a beautiful stranger and skydive or paraglide; Learn To Fly; take a spin – literally - with an aerobatic flight; or indulge in the daring romance of aviation’s glory days in a vintage Tiger Moth Biplane. However you wish to see the sky, Lake Wanaka has an aerial adventure that will blow your mind.

Land Activities

Getting into the great outdoors is easy in Lake Wanaka – and you can ‘get into it’ any way you want! It’s all about exploring at your own pace; explore the land, explore your limits, explore what Lake Wanaka means to you.

Choose from Walking & Hiking, Cycling & Mountain Biking, Golf, Horse Treks, Hunting & Fishing, Quad Biking, Rock Climbing, Skiing & Snowboarding, Sightseeing Tours, Health & WellbeingShooting, Unique Attractions, Photographic tours, a 4WD or wine tour.

Take it easy and relax or go wild – the options are endless, from extreme to serene. See the sights any way you want. Whatever your level of wandering, Lake Wanaka over-delivers awesome – every time you visit.

Water Activities

Soak up the sun on a beach all to yourself, or get soaked in adventure. There’s plenty of space for sailing, swimming, jet boating, fishing, and more…the lakes and rivers share the crystal-clear heart of a region inspired by water.

Choose from Jet Boating, Boat Cruises, Kayaking, Fishing, Rafting, Sailing, Canyoning, Watersports and Whitewater Sledging.

Pristine waterways, perfect serenity, and dazzling extremes – it’s impossible not to dive in!


Airborne Activities
Airborne Activities
A great time to see the region from above...
Land Activities
Land Activities
It’s all about exploring at your own pace; explore the land, explore your limits, explore what Lake Wanaka means to you.
Water Activities
Water Activities
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More information on All Activities & Experiences, Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

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, Wanaka

From $1895 NZD

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99 Ardmore Street, Wanaka

Let's go FIKA!

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Authentic handcrafted Swedish fika favourites - including...

1 Frederick Street, Wanaka

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6 Spitfire Lane, Wanaka

From $249 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

Treble Cone, the South Islands largest ski area, is famous for its long un-crowded groomed runs, legendary off-piste terrain and unrivalled views over...

Mt Aspiring Road, Wanaka

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

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

Its not every day that you strap yourself to a beautiful stranger and leap from a perfectly good aircraft ! Welcome to Skydive...

14 Mustang Lane, Wanaka

Florences Foodstore & Café is an experiential food destination, where one can eat and drink at the café or on the terrace and...

Cnr Orchard & Cardrona Rds, Wanaka

Relax, indulge and enjoy... perky pinots... scrumptious local produce... Lord of the Rings landscapes... behind the scenes stories.... dramatic props... hidden havens... historic...

272 Ballantyne Road, Wanaka

From $189 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

Proudly representing some of New Zealand’s luminary photographers, the gallery features a selection of landscape, travel, adventure and fine art photography – available...

Shop 7, Spencer House, Wanaka