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Featured Activities

Activities as unique as the landscape. Whichever season you’re visiting, find something special to do.

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, and play in the fun zone as well.

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Puzzling World

Since 1973, Puzzling World‘s bizarre buildings, illusion rooms and the famous Great Maze have been baffling brains and challenging perceptions of reality! A great day out for all ages.

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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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Cinema Paradiso

You can watch a movie anywhere, but at Cinema Paradiso, you can sit in an old Morris Minor or a comfy couch and watch a movie. The hot cookies and homemade ice cream at intermission are legendary.

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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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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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Siberia Valley

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

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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.

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That Wānaka Tree

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

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