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If you’re planning a trip to Wānaka – expect to explore. The Wānaka region and the South Island as a whole are made up of several distinct areas each with their own community and vibe. Check out day trips, multi-day itineraries and surrounding areas – all which can be explored from Wānaka as your base!

Discover recommended trips from Wānaka
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There is so much to do and see outside of central Wānaka. Explore Lake Hāwea, Cardrona, the Matukituki Valley, Luggate and Makarora.

Sophie Piearcey’s Lake Hāwea escape
Sophie Piearcey’s Lake Hāwea escape
Blogger and photographer Sophie Piearcey spends a magical evening in Lake Hāwea.
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A night in Cardrona
A night in Cardrona
Writer and photographer Kate Craig-Brown snuck out of Queenstown for an over-nighter in beautiful, historic Cardrona.
A night in Makarora
A night in Makarora
Blogger and photographer Sophie Piearcey visits somewhere completely new in Makarora.
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