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Arts & Heritage Holidays in Lake Wanaka

Lake Wanaka was formed by nature’s creativity in full spate and harnessed by men and women of steel and determination. And the marks those upheavals left are still plain to see, everywhere.

Maori history is always passed on through legend and the lore of Lake Wanaka has all the classic ingredients of great story-telling.

And where the Maori coveted greenstone, Europeans were relentless in their quest for gold. An agrarian tradition transformed grasslands into beef production and the high country into an alpine wool generator and meanwhile generations of wild-country bushmen created a legendary folk culture from their foraging and trapping. Celebrating the land and past is still a strong Wanaka institution.

Music events like the reggae of Rippon and Rhythm and Alps are high on the South Island agenda, as are arts draw cards Festival of Colour and Autumn Arts School.

Celebrate Lake Wanaka
The People. The Land. The Traditions

 

4WD Tours
4WD Tours
Get off the beaten track and explore the Lake Wanaka region with a local guide.
High Country Farm Tours
High Country Farm Tours
Farm tours in the Lake Wanaka region take people back in time to a simpler way of life.
Photographic Tours
Photographic Tours
Capture your breathtaking holiday in the Lake Wanaka region with a personalised photographic tour
High Country Horse Riding
High Country Horse Riding
The Lake Wanaka region offers some of the best high country horse trekking in New Zealand.
High Country Quad Biking
High Country Quad Biking
From one hour rides to exclusive tours just for you...
High Country Mountain BIking
High Country Mountain BIking
Several different mountain biking options which allow you to enjoy the unique high country tussock terrain.
High Country Walking & Hiking
High Country Walking & Hiking
For easy walks and longer hikes amid some of the most dramatic and gorgeous views in New Zealand.
Skiing & Snowboarding
Skiing & Snowboarding
Pure mountain air, crisp sunny days and breathtaking visitas all around you

Search high country heritage options in Lake Wanaka

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More information on High Country - Cardrona valley, Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

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

Chain Hills and Coal Creek Conservation Area
Turnoff SH8 onto Goodger Road and, depending on the season and road condition, drive along the unsealed...

Ardmore Street, Wanaka

The track is signposted at the start of Old Faithful Road, off SH8. The view from the 1,226-metre summit is one of the...

Ardmore Street, Wanaka

From SH8, drive six kilometres along Old Faithful Road to reach the reserve, which includes the remarkable stone ruins of the Lindis Pass...

Ardmore Street, Wanaka

The carpark is signposted to the right, across the Snow Farm entrance bridge. The track climbs steadily up a 4WD track then leads...

Ardmore Street, Wanaka

From Lake Hawea Township follow the unsealed Dingleburn Station Road to the public carpark. From the carpark follow the road above the lake...

Ardmore Street, Wanaka

The track starts across the road from and slightly north of the Sandy Point carpark. A poled route follows Deep Gully up onto...

Ardmore Street, Wanaka

The Pisa Conservation Area is 22,000 hectares of stunning high country that overlooks the Upper Clutha and Wakatipu basins, and beyond to the...

Ardmore Street, Wanaka

This well-formed track provides easy access to beautiful beaches along Wanaka’s western shore. From Homestead Bay carpark the track gently undulates towards small,...

Ardmore Street, Wanaka

This track is signposted just south of Stewart Creek on SH6. Follow the poled route along the creek until it joins a farm...

Ardmore Street, Wanaka

The Wanaka end of the challenging, multi-day Motatapu Track provides an enjoyable day or overnight walk into the Fern Burn Hut. It begins...

Ardmore Street, Wanaka

Walking along Lake Hawea’s eastern shores there are great views up the Hunter Valley and on a clear day, to the west, as...

Ardmore Street, Wanaka

Visit some Wanaka's most enchanting and spectacular locations with acclaimed professional photographer and naturalist - Gilbert van Reenen on an exhilarating personalised off-road...

RD 2, Ballantyne Road, Wanaka

Half day (2 hour) treks twice daily. Bookings essential. Minimum of 2 people. Transport from Wanaka available.

2416 Cardrona Valley, Wanaka

Release specialises in luxury tailor-made holidays for friends, families and corporate organisations wanting to experience the best of Wanaka. At Release Wanaka we...

, Wanaka

From $395 NZD

We are the specialist backcountry adventure retail store in Wanaka. Our specialty in winter is ski rental for the fields and the backcountry...

17 Dunmore Street, Wanaka

Visitors to 'The Cardrona' explore and experience a unique slice of high country heaven by guided tours on horseback or quad bike. Exclusive...

2125 Cardrona Valley Road, Wanaka

From $85 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

Ski field at your door! Enjoy a one minute walk to the lifts, the independence of self-catering and the convenience of having mountain...

PO Box 117, Wanaka

From $210 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 4.5

Cardrona Alpine Resort is New Zealand's fun and family friendly ski area located between Queenstown and Wanaka. With gentle, wide open trails for...

18 Dunmore Street, Wanaka

From $51 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 4.5

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