below towering mountains, Wanaka is the most tranquilly set of the South Island lakes.
Located 120kms northwest of Queenstown, Wanaka township on the southern shores of Lake
Wanaka has a resident population of approximately 6500. It is a very popular holiday
destination year-round both with New Zealander’s who flock to Wanaka in the summer holidays
and international visitors.
The alpine setting of the town and the lake is stunning, although somewhat softer and
gentler and with a more relaxed atmosphere than nearby Queenstown.
In winter months, skiers and snowboarders from New Zealand and around the world flock to the
region and have the choice of either the Cardrona or Treble Cone Ski fields. Cross-country
skiing at Snow Farm and heli-skiing high in the Harris Mountains are also popular.
Wanaka is much more than just a winter destination. Year round activities include fishing, lake cruises, hiking, canyoning, climbing and skydiving. For those with an interest in flying, don’t miss the unique opportunity to fly with U-Fly – during your scenic flight, you take the controls of the aircraft – under the watchful eye of your flight instructor/pilot. This is a region of snow-capped peaks, long river valleys and lush native forest, anchored by its tranquil, far-reaching lake. Exploring by foot is the way to go and with a variety of easy short walks through to multi-day adventures, Wanaka is a walking paradise. Tracks to try include the Mount Iron Track or the Rob Roy Glacier Track which leads you through epic scenery of waterfalls, glaciers and sheer rock cliffs. The Outlet Track is another popular walk that follows the Clutha River banks offering shade in summer, shelter in winter. The Mt Aspiring National Park offers a wonderful mixture of remote wilderness, high mountains and beautiful river valleys. For some fun, a must is Stuart Landsborough’s Puzzling World and Amazing Maze – an iconic Wanaka landmark that since 1973 has been amazing visitors with its theme of eccentricity. The attraction offers the world's first 3-D Maze, incredible Illusion Rooms, and a huge puzzle centre – prepare to be amazed. Another major attraction of the town is the ‘Warbirds Over Wanaka Airshow’ which is held at Easter biennially and features a remarkable array of vintage and civil aircraft and showcase some of the world’s best examples of WWII flying aircraft in action. With one of the most spectacular airshow locations in the world, ‘Warbirds over Wanaka’ is a must for aviation enthusiasts.Read Less