Pre & Post Conference

Before or after your event, make time to enjoy the activities Wānaka has to offer

Getting to Wānaka is easy, it’s leaving you might struggle with, so stay another day or two. Wānaka highlights include:

C&I Quotes & Testimonials 

“Wondrous Wanaka - New Zealand never ceases to amaze me with its breathtaking scenery and activity options. Wanaka lifts the bar even higher in the MICE market. You almost don't want to tell anyone about it so you can have it to yourself. Definitely left wanting more!" Barry McLeod (CMA Events, Sydney) 

“Thanks so much for what I believe is my best all round famil experience in 13 years! I really loved how real and authentic the Wanaka offering is along with the quality of the people, venues, experiences etc. I had a meeting yesterday with a client and have been asked to put Wanaka into the mix for a company’s awards overnighter in February/March”. Heather Shaw (The Events Group, Auckland) 

“A truly spectacular place to work and play.  Oh how I wish we were all still there!!!!  I am blown away by the beauty and all Wanaka has to offer.

I would encourage everyone to hold their next event there, Wanaka can do it all!” Denise Compt (Siemens Ltd, Melbourne) 

“Thank you so much for hosting over the past 5 days. Everything was truly spectacular and well planned. Your kindness and efforts to ensure we experienced all the highlights of Wanaka were incredible. Thank you to you and your team. I will definitely be promoting Wanaka and sending not just my business but other event co-ordinators down your path…” Kerrie Atkinson (AAM Pty Ltd, Sydney) 

“We travelled to Lake Wanaka from the USA as part of a team building and incentive trip to New Zealand. The time spent in Wanaka was the highlight of our time in NZ and provided an unforgettable lifetime memory for both myself and the team. An incentive trip to Wanaka is an incredible way to reward your staff”…. Steve Chen, Co-Founder of YouTube 

“The 2012 NZ Chambers of Commerce Conference held in Wanaka was absolutely stunning. The tranquil, yet dynamic location, provided inspiration, time to reflect and a range of exciting things to do and see. The Wanaka scenery, tourist attractions, food and wine and people were welcoming and spectacular and showcased the very special paradise we now know as Wanaka”. Leeann Watson, General Manager, Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce 

"I had the pleasure of experiencing the beauty and wonder that is Wanaka and was amazed. Not only does Wanaka offer incredible scenery, amazing activities and genuine, passionate locals it has all the facilities required to run a good size conference (up to 200 delegates), with plenary and breakout spaces available and room for an exhibition component if required.

Accommodation is plentiful with a wide range of room styles available, all within close proximity of the main conference venue Lake Wanaka Centre. Many of the accommodation venues have conference facilities onsite.

Easily accessible, only a 45-50 minute drive from Queenstown airport which has frequent flights from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch as well as Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

If you have a conference coming up which requires inspiration, free thinking, excellent support, friendly locals and great facilities I would encourage you to consider Lake Wanaka" Donna Clapham, Director, Workz4u Limited (Professional Conference Organiser) 

“Wanaka can host conferences of 160 to 200 brilliantly and potentially up to 300 delegates. At only 50 minutes drive from Queenstown airport, Wanaka is just as accessible as destinations such as Keri Keri/Paihia, or even Auckland - which is a good 50 minute drive into town if you're lucky!  I will certainly be looking to bring conferences with logistics of up to 180 delegates, plus exhibitions of 16 - 20 and concurrent sessions to Wanaka.  I think Lake Wanaka has been a well-kept secret - and I'm delighted I was able to experience all the destination has to offer. Wanaka’s venues are truly surprising, accommodation is top class and there are world class activity options”.  Janet Matheson, Conferences & Events Ltd.(Professional Conference Organiser)