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.
But 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 is renowned for its community spirit and we are uniting as a community to rally behind Wānaka businesses. LoveWanaka, Supporting Local is your chance to "go local" and support our businesses and our community.
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 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 Wanaka.
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.
Getting to Wanaka is easy - click on your city to see how close you are to Wanaka. It’s a short, scenic 60-minute drive to Wanaka from the closest international airport, where you will find all major rental car companies and scheduled bus services that provide transport to Wanaka throughout the day.