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Locals know that Wānaka is a special place. Local’s Choice Wānaka 2020 is your chance to give your favourite business, person or spot some recognition – a digital pat on the back, if you will.

In February, locals nominated their favourite people, places and businesses in Wānaka for Local Choice Wānaka. From there, the top three nominations were chosen for final voting. Check out the top three nominees and overall winners below (in bold) – voted by locals.

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Love Wanaka hospitality logo

Best coffee

Best quick bite

Best dining experience

A plate of food at Big Fig restaurant in Wanaka, New Zealand
Dishes from Kika fine dining restaurant in Wanaka, New Zealand
Love Wanaka Arts & Culture log
Love Wanaka service & retail logo
The mountains and water of Lake Hawea in Wanaka, New Zealand
Salon chairs and mirrors at Ukiyo in Wanaka, New Zealand

Best hair salon/barber

Best overnight accommodation

Love Wanaka sport & recreation logo

Favourite adventure

tourism company

Favourite family activity

Favourite ski trail

Captain’s Basin at Cardrona
Motatapu Chutes at Treble Cone
Gun Barrel at Treble Cone

Favourite bike trail

Learning to ski at Cardrona
Love Wanaka health & wellness logo

Favourite fitness


Favourite yoga studio

Favourite personal trainer

Gwen Hendry at the Fit Collective
Georgia Burns at F45 Wanaka
Paul Hodgson at the Fit Collective
Andrew King at the Fit Collective
Jamie Blaxall at F45 Wanaka

Love Wanaka community logo

Best picnic spot

Dublin Bay
Eely Point
Wanaka Station Park

Best sunrise spot

Roy’s Peak
Mt. Iron

Best photo spot

Treble Cone Summit
Roy’s Peak

A female hiker at the lookout on Roy's Peak in Wanaka, New Zealand
A skier stands at the top of Treble Cone Ski Area in Wanaka, New Zealand
Sucfree cup cheers
Food for Love Wanaka founder and volunteers

Favourite sustainability initiative

Favourite Wanaka non-profit

Wānaka Local of the Year

Rebecca (Bex) Sarginson – Food for Love
Bridget Legnavsky – Cardrona/Treble Cone
Kim Parry – The Fit Collective


Congratulations to all our nominees in the year’s Locals Choice Wānaka! And a big thank you to you – our locals. Thousands of you jumped online to nominate and vote for your Wānaka favourites, giving hundreds of businesses “kudos”. Your support over the last year has been incredible.

Kia kaha Wānaka.