Lakes, rivers, waterfalls, forests and mountains make the Matukituki Valley an outdoor adventure playground second to none
The road to the Mt Aspiring National Park is a stunning hour’s drive featuring Lake Wanaka on one side and the mountains of the Southern Alps on the other.
The road has a gravel surface and some small river crossings so always check weather conditions beforehand and keep your speed down.
Rob Roy Glacier, one of New Zealand’s most popular half-day walks, is a great warm-up for more serious hikes including; Liverpool Bivy, French Ridge and Cascade Saddle. But remember to sign in using the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process and the check weather conditions.
And of course, there are scenic flights, glacier landings, heli hikes, jet boat rides, 4WD & photography tours, climbing, via ferrata, canyoning and fishing to enjoy as well as skiing at Treble Cone in winter.
Discover the best of our region by following the scenic highlights photo tour.
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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.