10 things you can only do in Wānaka

Activities as unique as the landscape

Whichever season you're visiting, find something special to do

1. Cross-country skiing

Snow Farm, just 40 minutes from Wānaka, is New Zealand's only cross country ski area. It's also a great place to snowshoe, dogsled and play in the fun zone as well. 

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2. Puzzling World

Since 1973m Puzzling World's bizarre buildings, illusion rooms and the famous Great Maze have been baffling brains and challenging perceptions of reality! Offering a great day out for all ages, this is a must-see experience. 

3. Wildwire

Wildwire Wanaka's “Lord of the Rungs” is the highest waterfall via ferrata in the world and includes a return helicopter ride. There's nothing else quite like it! 

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5. Mou Waho Island

Since predators were successfully eradicated in 1995, Mou Waho Island has become a pest-free haven for several species, including the mountain stone wētā, the Southern Alps gecko and the inquisitive buff weka. Take a a powerboat shuttle with either Wanaka WatertaxiEco Wanaka Adventures or Paddle Wanaka. Maybe you'd like to opt for a catamaran with Lake Wanaka Cruises? Or maybe add some high-octane with a jet-ski with LakeLand Wanaka!

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6. Visit the historic Cardrona Hotel

Perhaps the most photographed historic building in New Zealand, the Cardrona Hotel blends old world charm with modern comforts, featuring award-winning dining and incredible event spaces.. 

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7. Siberia Valley

Fly over pristine New Zealand wilderness in a classic yellow plane with the Siberia Experience and discover an alpine environment like no other, tucked away in a what feels like an entirely different world. 

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8. Warbirds Over Wanaka biennial show

Warbirds over Wanaka airshow is ranked in the top four in the world and this three day extravaganza certainly has the most spectacular scenery! 

9. Roy’s Peak

Rated one of the "Best Day Hikes" in New Zealand, it's not hard to see what makes the Roy's Peak Track so popular. But be prepared as it is exposed and the weather can change quickly.

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10. #thatwanakatree

Visit the most photographed tree in New Zealand which started life as a wooden fence post over 70 years ago. Our humble little willow is certainly creating a lot of attention.