A place of vivid beauty, mountainous extremes and legendary fishing spots, Lake Hawea is an outdoor adventurers’ paradise
Located an easy scenic 15-minute drive from Wanaka and on the road to Makarora and the West Coast, Lake Hawea is an ideal self-drive day trip or place to stay on your South Island journey.
The track to Isthmus Peak will reward you with views to rival the more popular Roys Peak track but without the crowds. Or try the gentle lakefront walk to Johns Creek.
The mountains that hug the east, west and northern shores are cragged, rugged and jaggedly weathered, and hold secret pockets of some of the country’s finest fly fishing.
Lake Hawea is a favoured spot for wind surfing, paragliding and kite surfing. Also, boating, fishing, swimming, kayaking, and generally lazing about on the beach.
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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.