The Lake Wanaka region is testament to the richness of the New Zealand heritage. To early Maori it was a place of learning and relaxation, a welcome stop on their journey to collect pounamu (greenstone). A century ago, it was home to thousands of gold prospectors from afar afield as Europe and China. Discover the remnants of early settlements that once housed thousands of prospectors, stores and hotels in the 1860s. The Cardrona Hotel is a legacy of this era with its historic restaurant and bar, and provides a fascinating glimpse into yesteryear.