Adventure Holiday Itinerary

Live in the moment, push personal boundaries, escape comfort zones and redefine self-belief

Where to start? Try canyoning, wakeboarding and river surfing in summer; skydiving, acrobatic flights and parapenting in autumn; heli skiing, ice driving and via ferrata in winter; and a 4WD tour, heli biking or hunting in spring. 

Take a look at our range of accommodation, cafes and restaurants and other activities that you can do to add to make your own personalised itinerary.

4 days | 90km

Route: Wanaka local – CardronaMatukituki - Pisa

Highlights: Off road adventures | canyoning | via ferrata | fly yourself | heli bike 

Best time of year: Spring to Autumn

Day 1 Wanaka to Cardrona

Car 35 mins | 34km

Head up the Cardrona Valley to The Cardrona for a Quad bike tour over a high country farm. There are river crossings, but not too deep plus dips and hollows, rises and ridges and for the more adventurous, you can ride to the top of the mountain. 

At the end of your tour, head next door to the Cardrona Distillery to taste their hand-crafted spirits. All their spirits are made starting with just malted barley, water and yeast. They have single malt whisky, gin, vodka and orange liqueur and do tours and tastings daily. There’s also the historic Cardrona Hotel for a beer and some chips. 

Things to see and do:

  • The Cardrona Quad Bike Tour
  • The Cardrona Distillery
  • The Cardrona Hotel 

Day 2 Wanaka to Matukituki

Car 35 mins | 34km

The Matukituki Valley is home to a whole host of activities which generally take half a day to complete. For the lovers of water try canyoning or jetboating, while the whole family can do the via ferrata climb up the iron rung ladders beside Twin Falls. The off road 4WD tour over a real working farm and to Colquhoun’s Beach is a real classic Kiwi adventure.  For the really adventurous types try a tandem paraglide off Treble Cone and a heli skiing in winter.

Things to see and do:

  • Canyoning
  • Jetboating
  • Via Ferrata
  • 4WD Farm tour
  • Paragliding 

Day 3 Wanaka to Airport

Car 12 mins | 11km

It’s time to head out to Wanaka Airport and take to the skies for some thrills and spills. No visit to Wanaka would complete without ski diving from a perfectly good airplane strapped to the back of a stranger. But don’t worry as they won’t be a stranger for long…

If you’re a bit of a control freak, then you probably won’t be content to sit back and let someone else fly the plane. Take the controls yourself and fly your very own 20-minute scenic flight or better yet an extreme trail flight in your own stunt plane with Ivan, twice the NZ national champion and with over 20-years aerobatic experience.

No experience required, and no experience like it.

You can spend all day at the Airport as the Warbirds and Wheels Café and Luggate Hotel will help keep your energy levels up for as many adventures as you can handle.

Things to see and do:

  • Skydive Wanaka
  • Fly yourself!
  • Extreme Trial Flight
  • Warbirds & Wheels Café & Luggate Hotel

Day 4 Wanaka to Pisa Range

Fly 12 mins | 10km

For the ultimate day out and if downhill mountain biking is your thing, then join a guided heli biking tour on the Pisa Range with the biggest vertical descent in the country. Take the easy way down, or for the more skilled mountain bikers, the more technical route but don’t worry Dan and boys will access your ability and make sure you have a great day out. You’ll be rewarded at the end with a well-earned beer and chips at the Cardrona or Luggate Hotel. 

Things to do:

  • Cardrona Hotel
  • Luggate Hotel
  • Wanaka Bike Tours

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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