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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

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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

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

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

From $150 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5

We have a selection of Smartmotion Urban 300 rear wheel drive bikes for hire including low bar options for older or not so...

, Wanaka

Stunning upstairs waterfront gallery with Lake Wanaka and NZ landscapes from some of the country's best impressionist artists, also bronze sculptures, wood, ceramics...

UPSTAIRS,4 Helwick Street, Wanaka

From $5 NZD

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 $99 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5

Gallery Thirty Three - Wanaka's only Contemporary Art Gallery, exhibits an exciting group of contemporary New Zealand artists in a range of media...

33 Helwick 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

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 $250 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 4.5

New Zealand's fun and family friendly ski area located between Queenstown and Wanaka. With gentle, wide open trails for beginners, 4 dedicated kids...

18 Dunmore Street, Wanaka

From $52 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 4.5

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

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

Hellcat Cycles offers a fleet of revitalised vintage cruiser bicycles for rental. Featuring authentic 1930s–1960s American frames, modern components and colourful paint jobs,...

, 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

A hidden haven in the south-east corner of Lake Hawea, nestled among trees, Johns Creek is a sheltered paradise truly off the beaten...

, Wanaka

Comprising three awesome walks in one, from here take a short walk to Diamond Lake for mirror reflections, or keep going for a...

, 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

With 180 degree views across Lake Hawea from North to South and flanked by some of the country’s most impressive mountain ranges, the...

, Wanaka

Arts & Heritage Itinerary

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