Surrounding Regions

With Milford Sound, Mt Cook, Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers as neighbours, Wānaka is the perfect base for a South Island holiday

Wānaka is a natural base for scenic day trips through some of the most spectacular scenery NZ has to offer. From the dramatic landscapes of Fiordland in the South, to the international resort town of Queenstown, to the rugged splendour of the West Coast, and North through the Mt Cook region to Christchurch and Canterbury; the lower South Island is one of the most diverse and beautiful regions in New Zealand.


A 60-minute drive from Wānaka, Queenstown is the gateway to the Southern Lakes region. It's renowned for spectacular scenery, its four distinct seasons and world class activities and attractions.

Fiordland and Milford Sound:

The townships of Te Anau and Manapouri are a good base to explore Fiordland - New Zealand's largest National Park and World Heritage Area. They also provide the gateway to Doubtful and Milford Sounds and three of NZ's Great Walks

The West Coast:

With towering mountains, pristine rivers and lakes, vast podocarp forests, glaciers and wild beaches, the West Coast is a wonderland of natural features. 

Aoraki Mt Cook and MacKenzie:

Snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes and a network of blue canals form the tapestry of this remarkable region. At the heart of it all towers New Zealand's highest mountain peak, the majestic Aoraki / Mt Cook.

Central Otago:

Discover vivid seasons and rocky, mountainous landscapes; friendly townships; a well-preserved gold heritage; award-winning wineries, recreational opportunities from fishing, mountain biking and the Rail Trail to winter sports like curling and ice skating.

Christchurch and Canterbury:

Christchurch is a key gateway to the South Island of New Zealand and a great destination to visit on your South Island itinerary. See how the city is being rebuilt after the 2011 earthquake and then explore the region from Kaikoura to Hanmer Springs, Mt Cook to Arthurs Pass and beyond.

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Driving to Wanaka Explore the Region

Driving to Wānaka

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 Wānaka.

How to get to Wānaka

Explore the Region

Wānaka 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 Wānaka region by its outstanding beauty.

Explore Wānaka

  1. Mount Aspiring
    National Park
    54 min
  2. Christchurch 5 h 14 min
  3. Ashburton 3 h 56 min
  4. Geraldine 3 h 19 min
  5. Tekapo 2 h 17 min
  6. Mt Cook 2 h 6 min
  7. Twizel 1 h 39 min
  8. Omarama 1 h 21 min
  9. Franz Josef 3 h 32 min
  10. Fox Glacier 3 h 6 min
  11. Haast 1 h 43 min
  12. Cromwell 39 min
  13. Queenstown 1 h 4 min
  14. Milford Sound 4 h 34 min
  15. Te Anau 2 h 52 min
  16. Dunedin 2 h 52 min
  1. Mount Aspiring
    National Park
    54 min
  2. Coronet Peak
  3. The Remarkables
  4. Cardrona
  5. Treble Cone
  6. Snow Farm
  7. Heli Skiing
  8. Heli Skiing
  9. Makarora 50 min
  10. Lake Hawea 1 h 7 min
  11. Wanaka Airport 11 min
  12. Luggate 13 min
  13. Tarras 27 min
  14. Cromwell 39 min
  15. Arrowtown 53 min
  16. Queenstown 1 h 4 min
  17. Queenstown Airport 59 min
  18. Matukituki Valley 51 min
  19. Raspberry Creek 1 h 6 min

Flights to Wānaka

Getting to Wānaka is easy - click on your city to see how close you are to Wānaka. It’s a short, scenic 60-minute drive to Wānaka from the closest international airport, where you will find all major rental car companies and scheduled bus services that provide transport to Wānaka throughout the day.

How to get to Wanaka