Things to do in Spring in Wanaka

Ah Spring. The weather is warmer, the sun stays out longer and our urge to adventure gets stronger.

So what is there to do in Wanaka in the Spring? To list everything would take ages - so we've put together a few of our favourites for you. 

Get into nature

Whether it’s camping out or staying in a backcountry hut – spring is a great time to get into nature. Walkride or even book a guided trip for a night (we recommend doing so under the stars with Wanaka Heli-Hikes or Adventure Consultants). There's endless terrain to explore, so start writing your hut trip bucket list and knock them off one-by-one!

French Ridge Hut in Mt. Aspiring National Park in New Zealand

Get on a bike

Did you know there’s 750 km of bike tracks to explore around Wanaka? These include classics like Sticky Forest and the Lizzy Woods jump park, as well as cruisey options like the lakefront, Eely Point Track or the Millennium Track. If you're in for a slog, check out Grandview Mountain or Isthmus Peak. And if downhill is more your style, head out to Cardrona Bike Park, for some chairlift-fueled adrenaline. Finally we'd be loathe to forget Bike Glendhu, Wanaka's newest bike park, loved by riders for its fresh trails and stunning views. 

Mountain bikers overlook the view at Bike Glendhu in Wanaka, New Zealand

Get out on the lake

If you're wondering how to spend a Spring day in Wanaka, look no further than our glorious lake. Take in the views by grabbing an ice cream or gelato and stroll the sandy lakefront. Go for a swimhire a kayak or paddle board, take a high-octane ride in a jet boat, go for a leisurely lake cruise, explore our lake's islands, try your luck fishing, the list just doesn't end. 

Birds-eye view of paddlers on Lake Wanaka in New Zealand

Go on a tasting tour

Whether it's an odd rainy day, or you simply want to bask in the sun with a beverage, a tasting tour is great Spring day activity for the adults. Peruse wine tasting rooms at Maude, Rippon and Aitken's Folly. Or grab a paddle at local breweries B. Social by B. Effect or Rhyme and Reason

Beer taps at Rhyme and Reason Brewery in Wanaka, New Zealand


Treat yourself

Pick up a gelato from Black Peak Gelato, an ice cream from Patagonia, maybe some fish and chips from Erik's Fish & Chips or Albert Town Fish Co. We love the smoothies from the Dripping Bowl and the filling burritos from Burrito Craft. Top it off with a Snickers-esque bar from Fedeli and you're set. 

An ice cream cone at Black Peak Gelato in Wanaka, New Zealand

Meet the locals

Okay, okey we just had to include this! You simply can’t have a list about Wanaka in Spring without including cute baby animals. Check out all the new offspring at the Wanaka Lavender Farm, Criffel Station or take a trip with Ridgeline Adventures.

An alpaca at the Wanaka Lavender Farm in Wanaka, New Zealand