Lake Wanaka is perhaps New Zealand’s best-kept secret. A Must-Do for every traveller, Lake Wanaka is a spectacular and diverse landscape of mountains, rivers, lakes, glaciers, and native forest. You can do what you want at your own pace, and there’s always so many things to do – and all off the beaten track. It’s where Kiwi’s come to holiday, where the welcome is always warm and the locals follow their passions and love to share their Lake Wanaka with you.
On the doorstep of Mt Aspiring National Park, Wanaka is a gateway and the perfect hub for exploring. Nestled below towering mountains, Wanaka is the most tranquilly set of the South Island lakes. 45 kilometres long and covering 193 square kilometres, the crystal clear waters of Lake Wanaka are perfect for jet boaters, sailors and kayakers to explore.
In winter, skiers flock here from all over the world for superb skiing and snowboarding at Cardrona and Treble Cone, cross-country skiing at Snow Farm and heli-skiing high in the Harris Mountains. But Wanaka is much more than a winter destination. With four distinct seasons, each so different from the last, Lake Wanaka is every travellers dream destination – all year round. Activities include fishing, hiking, canyoning, climbing and skydiving. Visit the nearby towns of Queenstown, Cromwell and Alexandra, go shopping, or simply sit in a café and watch the world pass by.
At the heart of nature’s own adventure playground is the lakefront village of Wanaka. Quaint has never been so cool. Great cafes, shopping and wining and dining, Wanaka is a little town with a whole lot of heart. One of the attractions of a stay in Wanaka is that it combines the warmth of small town living with the quality and attention to detail you’d expect of an international holiday destination. It’s an easy walk to shops and restaurants from most accommodation and taxis, cars and bikes are readily available. And if you want to head out of town, transport providers offer daily services to most popular destinations.
The Lake Wanaka region is about so much more than discovering a natural wonderland of mountains, glaciers, rivers and lakes – it’s about warm welcomes from passionate people who love to share their paradise. It is about adventure at your own pace, in your own time, in your own way. Whether this is your first visit or your hundredth, we guarantee, it won’t be your last!