Kia Ora and Welcome to Wanaka

It begins with the landscape...it breathes, there’s an energy, a feeling, that sets Wanaka apart

Located in the stunning alps of the South Island, New Zealand, visitors from around the world are drawn to the Wanaka region by its outstanding beauty.

Unique and captivating at the same time, it inspires you to discover and gives you the freedom to explore.

“Wanaka has been blessed with a beauty so dramatic that it’ll change the way you see how you fit into the world...” Citizens Of The World.

Things to Do in Wanaka

Wanaka's mountain and lakeside setting and proximity to Mt Aspiring National Park, makes it the ultimate base for outdoor activities

But it’s not just the outdoor enthusiasts who have plenty to do, stroll the streets and be inspired by galleries, stylish shops and be spoilt for choice with a great selection of cool cafes and restaurants

Discover all the Things to Do in Wanaka!

 

Revealing Wanaka

Discover what’s happening in Wanaka – through photos, videos and stories from locals and travellers, as well as expert advice on hand to help

#lovewanaka | Wanaka Stories | Webcam & Weather | Ask our Local Experts

Events & Festivals

Wanaka stages more than its fair share of world class events throughout the year. Arts and music festivals, international sporting and aviation events, each as unique as the season it is staged

Explore our events calendar and find out what’s on and when.

This Month | Annual Events

PLAN YOUR TRIP

Getting to Wanaka is easy

By air, bus or self-drive, getting here is stress free. The maps below will help you plan your travel to Wanaka, and make the most of your time exploring this region.

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Flights to Wanaka

Getting to Wanaka is easy. It’s a short, scenic 60-minute drive over the Crown Range to Wanaka. All major rental car companies are based at the airport and scheduled bus services provide transport to Wanaka throughout the day.

Queenstown Airport is serviced daily from all major New Zealand airports as well as over 40 flights a week direct from Australia.

How to get to Wanaka

Driving to Wanaka

Driving on the South Island roads of New Zealand is a great way to experience the region, with relatively quiet roads and some of the most amazing scenery right outside the window.

Major car and campervan hire companies are all located at Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown airports. There are also a number of rental car companies based in Wanaka.

How to get to Wanaka

Explore the Region

Wanaka is unique and captivating; it inspires you to discover, and gives you the freedom to explore.

Located in the stunning alps of the South Island, New Zealand, visitors from around the world are drawn to the Wanaka region by its outstanding beauty.

Explore Wanaka

  1. New Zealand
  2. Auckland 1 h 50 min
  3. Wellington 1 h 20 min
  4. Christchurch 55 min
  5. Queenstown Airport 1 h 4 min
  6. Australia
  7. Brisbane 3 h 50 min
  8. Gold Coast 3 h 30 min
  9. Sydney 3 h 15 min
  10. Melbourne 3 h 35 min
  11. Tokyo 10 h 30 min
  12. Los Angeles 12 h 5 min
  13. Beijing 16 h 10 min
  1. Christchurch 5 h 14 min
  2. Ashburton 3 h 56 min
  3. Geraldine 3 h 19 min
  4. Tekapo 2 h 17 min
  5. Mt Cook 2 h 6 min
  6. Twizel 1 h 39 min
  7. Omarama 1 h 21 min
  8. Franz Josef 3 h 32 min
  9. Fox Glacier 3 h 6 min
  10. Haast 1 h 43 min
  11. Cromwell 39 min
  12. Queenstown 1 h 4 min
  13. Milford Sound 4 h 34 min
  14. Te Anau 2 h 52 min
  15. Dunedin 2 h 52 min
  1. Makarora 50 min
  2. Lake Hawea 1 h 7 min
  3. Wanaka Airport 11 min
  4. Luggate 13 min
  5. Tarras 27 min
  6. Cromwell 39 min
  7. Cardrona 18 min
  8. Arrowtown 53 min
  9. Queenstown 1 h 4 min
  10. Matukituki Valley 51 min
  11. Raspberry Creek 1 h 6 min

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