Facts & Figures

Facts and Figures on the Wanaka Region

Information on the population of the area, the lakes and rivers and tourism statistics.

The early history of the Wanaka region is rich and varied history being a place of special significance to both Ngāi Tahu and Europeans.

Population 2018 Census:

  • Wanaka population 7,521
  • Albertown 2,031
  • Lake Hawea 1,200
  • Upper Clutha Valley 1,257
  • Cardrona 633

For more census information go to Statistics New Zealand

For information on accommodation from June 2020 try the MBIE website Accommodation Data Programme and for monthly tourism spend the Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates

Lakes and Rivers Information:

  • Lake Wanaka - 311 m deep, 45.5 km long, 192 sq km, 4th largest lake in New Zealand.
  • Lake Hawea - 393 m deep, 35 km long,
  • Average water temperature 8.9°C - 20.0°C


  • Lake Wanaka 277 m
  • Lake Hawea 342 m
  • Mount Aspiring 3,033 m
  • Mount Roy 1,578 m
  • Mount Iron 740 m
  • Treble Cone 2,058 m
  • Black Peak 2,289 m

The Clutha River

  • Largest river by volume in New Zealand, 560 cubic metres / second, 338 km long, catchment area 20,802 sq km

Tourism Statistics:

Year Ended December 2018 Highlights:

  • Guest nights rose 9.6% to 973,037
  • International guest nights rose 10.5% to 605,059
  • Domestic guest nights rose 8.2% to 367,978
  • The average length of stay fell from 2.24 to 2.08 nights
  • The overall occupancy rate rose from 45.1% to 47.2%
  • The occupancy rate, excluding holiday parks, was 69% for the year ended December 2018
  • Accommodation capacity, excluding holiday parks, rose 0.7%

For further information on statistics we suggest you refer to the Figure.nz website which has an enormous amount of data available including tourism statistics for Wanaka

For accommodation statistics only check out the Commercial Accommodation Monitor

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Users should note that these statistics are indicative only and are based on a variety of sources that employ different methodologies and survey populations. As surveying all visitors at any given time is impractical, most figures are derived from weighted samples. Figures are subject to rounding.