It begins with the landscape... it breathes, there’s an energy, a feeling, that sets Wānaka apart
Amid the stunning Southern Alps of New Zealand, you’ll discover what draws visitors from all over the world. The gorgeous natural beauty of mountains, lakes and forest. Exceptional food and wine. And, of course, the outdoor activities: walks, hikes, skiing, biking—all against the backdrop of Mt Aspiring National Park, part of Te Wāhipounamu - South West New Zealand World Heritage area.
It’s not just outdoor enthusiasts who have plenty to do, stroll the streets and be inspired by galleries, stylish shops, cinemas and be spoilt for choice with a great selection of cool cafes, restaurants and food trucks.
Wānaka 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 including our Annual Events
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 Wānaka.
Wānaka 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 Wānaka region by its outstanding beauty.
Getting to Wānaka is easy - click on your city to see how close you are to Wānaka. It’s a short, scenic 60-minute drive to Wānaka from the closest international airport, where you will find all major rental car companies and scheduled bus services that provide transport to Wānaka throughout the day.