It's easy to travel around the Wanaka region
While Wanaka is a small pedestrian friendly town, the region is quite extensive, so if you want the freedom to enjoy one of our self-drive itineraries then you'll want to bring your own car, or hire one once you are here.
To make sure you are adequately prepared to drive in New Zealand please take a look at Driving in New Zealand tips.
A number of companies also offer shuttle services and sightseeing tours to get you up into the mountains, walking to Rob Roy Glacier, tasting our great wine, on a wine tour or cycling one of our tracks. In winter daily mountain transport is provided from Wanaka to the three ski areas.
Whether you’re catching a bus, jet boat, helicopter or limousine there's always a way to get where you need to be.
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Getting to Wanaka is easy. 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.
Queenstown Airport is serviced daily from all major New Zealand airports as well as over 40 flights a week direct from Australia.
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.