Top Wanaka highlights by @lebackpacker

By Johan Lolos

Seven months in Wanaka - Johan Lolos is a Belgian-born self-taught travel/adventure photographer who likes to call himself a world explorer with a passion for the outdoors and the wilderness.

I remember when I first discovered this little town in November 2014. At the time, I was road-tripping with three other friends, and we stayed in Wanaka for a weekend. Straight away, I fell in love with the place and I knew I had to settle down here! 

So many adventures later here are some of my top highlights - in no particular order of course!

Liverpool Hut

Located at the head of the Matukituki Valley in Mt Aspiring National Park, Liverpool Hut has fantastic views down the valley and across to Mt Aspiring and is a great spot to stay a night or two and explore the Park.

Roys Peak with Chris Burkard

Roys Peak overlooking Lake Wanaka is a great half day walk and the views are well worth the effort. Meeting and working with Chris Burkard @ChrisBurkard was an amazing experience.

Isthmus Peak

With stunning views over Lake Hawea and Wanaka the half day Isthmus Peak walk is easier, quieter and more interesting than the Roys Peak Track. 

The Aurora Australis

With lots of clear nights and very little light pollution, Wanaka was a great spot to do some stargazing. It's pretty easy to capture stary night and Aurora Australis photos, especially in autumn. 

Rob Roy Glacier

One of my favourite spots... Rob Roy Glacier 

Rocky Mountain

Rocky Mountain and Diamond Lake are easy to get to and are great locations for taking photos of Wanaka and also great little walks!