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Autumn Colours

Autumn is a season of inspiration when the days cool and the colours turn to vibrant reds and golds.

Lake Wanaka is a perfect place to kick your way through piles of crisp dry leaves. Whatever your age you just can't resist it!

It's all about the calm weather and calming colours, pin-sharp lake reflections and wisps of smoke from the first wood fires of the year.

Autumn at Lake Wanaka offers everything you can do in summer but with a distinctly memorable atmosphere of a season special in its own way.

It's also when the people and stock of the agricultural community arrive for their annual A&P Wanaka show, the artistic come to town for the Festival of Colour and the Autumn Art School, nostalgia fans and sightseers from around the world turn up for Warbirds Over Wanaka and serious sports people fill the region for all manner of endurance challenges.

And most of them keep coming back each year.

Dress for autumn. Fall for Lake Wanaka.

Trips with Autumn Colour
Trips with Autumn Colour
The best way to appreciate the autumn colours in Lake Wanaka is with one of our local operators.
Autumn Tracks
Autumn Tracks
Walking tracks and trails in the region come alive with vivid autumn colours and give new reasons to get out and explore
Arts & Crafts
Arts & Crafts
Autumn in Lake Wanaka is a truly magical time of year - be inspired by the wealth of colours and visually energising scenery


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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.

#ThatWanakaTree through the seasons

Every Wednesday for over a year I tried to take a photo of our famous willow tree from the same place showing the changing colours of the tree, the lake and the sky. This is the result... #ThatWanakaTree

Adventure Wanaka - Perfect Fishing Conditions at Lake Wanaka

When Lake Wanaka Visitor Center's staff went fishing with Davy from Adventure Wanaka they discovered the excitement of the 'catch of the day'.

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

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From $189 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5

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From $299 NZD

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From $185 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5

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114 Albert Town - Lake Hawea Road, Wanaka

From $50 NZD

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From $165 NZD

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This short walk (1.3km) to Lake Wanaka shoreline borders former farmland that is now an 85-hectacre sensible and sustainable sub-division for both ecological...

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Ardmore Street, Wanaka

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