Facts & Figures

Facts and Figures on the Wānaka Region

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

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

Population 2018 Census:

  • Wānaka population 7,521
  • Albertown 2,031
  • Lake Hāwea 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 Wānaka - 311 m deep, 45.5 km long, 192 sq km, 4th largest lake in New Zealand.
  • Lake Hāwea - 393 m deep, 35 km long,
  • Average water temperature 8.9°C - 20.0°C


  • Lake Wānaka 277 m
  • Lake Hāwea 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

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Lake Wānaka Tourism is not resourced to assist with school or university assignments by answering individual assignments, providing comment on specific questions or opinion pieces on your assignment topics. The statistics and links on this page have been provided here to assist you with your research.

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.