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Sit on the lake edge and just admire the autumn colours and reflections.
Image: Lone tree in Roys Bay near the start of the Waterfall Creek track
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Autumn Colours

Lake Wanaka's Autumn Colours

This is a spectacular time of year to visit Lake Wanaka as autumn brings a flamboyant mix of colours from glowing golds to vibrant reds. 

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The calm weather conditions allow for a myriad of outdoor adventures. Relaxing walks and bike rides along the Lake Wanaka waterfront or a scenic cruise taking in the autumn colours and pristine lake reflections.

Autumn is a great time to explore the region with a sight-seeing tour or take to the skies for a scenic flight taking in the spectacular splendour of the Lake Wanaka region. This time of year is a photographer’s dream, discover the work of local artists and the thriving arts and crafts culture in Wanaka.

Take in the colours, fresh crisp air and dusky nights of Wanaka as nature prepares for the winter chill.  

No.32 - Kicking the Autumn Leaves

Meander along an avenue of gold with only the mighty River Clutha for company as it flows alongside you, catching the falling autumn leaves and carrying them away, far of sight. For a couple of weeks during autumn, the 5km long Outlet Track in Lake Wanaka is a breathtaking site as the poplars and willows shed their leaves in a riot of gold, red and orange.


More Information on Autumn Colours, Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

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  • Arts and Crafts, Lake Wanaka Autumn colours

    Arts and Crafts (2)

    Autumn in Lake Wanaka is a beautiful time of year and many artists are inspired by the wealth of colours and visually stimulating scenery around the area. A host of events revolving around the arts are held during autumn including Festival of Colour and the Wanaka Autumn Arts School.
  • Autumn Walks in Wanaka

    Autumn Tracks (10)

    In autumn a number of tracks in the area are alive with the colours of autumn as poplars, willow and other dciduous trees put on a show not to be missed...
  • Autumn Colours - Scenic flights

    Scenic Flights (6)

    Autumn in Lake Wanaka is a kaleidoscope of gold and red and one of the best ways to enjoy this visual tapestry is from the air. Only then can you truly appreciate the colour and scale of the season.
  • Sightseeing tours in autumn colours, Lake Wanaka

    Trips with autumn colour (8)

    The best way to appreciate the autumn colours in Lake Wanaka is with one of our local companies. They will take you on a trip to where the colours are the most spectacular.


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