A guide to Neat Places™ in Wanaka

Neat Places is a select list of local places that have a unique point of view or a great story to tell. Pick up a pocket guide, explore their website or download the app.

Here, we give you a sneak peek into their Neat Places picks in Wanaka. To see the full list, grab a pocket guide, explore their website or check out their map.

Eat & drink

Wanaka has epicurean delights galore, so get out and sit yourself down at some of the neatest restaurants in town.

Among the delicious list of establishments, Neat Places recommends casual eateries like Big Fig, Erik's Fish & Chips and Federal Diner as well as fine dining haunts Kika and Bistro Gentil. And let's not forget local faves, food trucks Burrito Craft and Dripping Bowl

A chef holding plates at Kika in Wanaka, New Zealand


A small town vibe, an incredible mountain scene and maybe a few quirky characters - Wanaka's culture is unique and substantive. For traditional art aficionados, Neat Places picked out Gallery 33. If you're more about art on skin though, try Holy Skin Tattoos. And if it's art on screen that gets you hyped, visit Ruby's and take a walk into old Hollywood. 

Cinema goers at Ruby's Cinema in Wanaka, New Zealand


The boutique retail experience is thriving in Wanaka and the Neat Places shopping guide now makes it easy for you to discover some of the best shopping on the South Island of NZ. Stop in to clothing shops like 47 Frocks, Bella or Perriam. Explore the design side of town at Melanie Craig Design or Wilson & Dorset. Or peruse thrift shop favourite Wastebusters

Clothing displays at 47 Frocks in Wanaka, New Zealand

Stay & explore

You always want a few extra days once you arrive in Wanaka... there's just too much to do. Lake Hawea, Cardrona Valley and Luggate are all well-worth a visit and Neat Places can help you plan your trip, making sure you get to experience the best of each township.

Entrance of Cardrona Hotel in Cardrona Valley, New Zealand