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Wanaka is a beautiful all-year holiday destination, surrounded by forest-clad mountains and the pristine waters of Lake Wanaka. The lake, mountains and ski fields around Wanaka provide endless scope for fun and adventure.

Wanaka Things to Do

No matter what your preference, you will never be lost for things to do in Wanaka. You can sip a delicious locally produced wine at a vineyard on Lake Wanaka's edge. You can spend a day or three fishing for brown and rainbow trout or salmon on one of the river valleys. Or you can up the ante with a dose of adventure - canyoning, climbing, river surfing or sky diving.

In Winter months, you can ski or snowboard your heart out at one of the several nearby ski fields - Treble Cone, Cardrona or Waiorau Snow Farm.

Summer days can be idled away swimming, cafe cruising, boating and day dreaming. Families will love visiting the baffling Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World.

Wanaka is also host to some world famous events, including the biennual Warbirds Over Wanaka.

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Wanaka with Wings

Wanaka is an all-year holiday destination with a passion for aviation.

  • See a collection of flyable World War II fighter aircraft at the New Zealand Fighter Pilots Museum
  • Flight seeing operators are always keen to show off their playground in Milford Sound, Mount Cook and Mount Aspiring. Remote area landings are available in Mount Aspiring National Park for hikers, climbers and hunters
  • 'Warbirds Over Wanaka' is held every two years. It's classed as one of the best Warbird shows in the world and features historic aircraft, RNZAF jets, aerobatic formations and helicopters
  • The next Warbirds Over Wanaka air show is in 2018, 30th, 31st March & 1st April.
Image Source: Tourism New Zealand. Extreme Mountain Biking, Wanaka, New Zealand
Extreme Mountain Biking,
Wanaka
Photographer: Gilbert van Reenen
(www.cleangreen.co.nz)

A Taste of Wanaka Wilderness

The lake, mountains and ski fields around Wanaka provide endless scope for fun and adventure.

  • Get a guide to take you fly-fishing on the lakes, rivers and streams in the area. The region offers superb brown and rainbow trout fishing
  • Lake Wanaka is a playground for sailors, water-skiers, kayakers and wind surfers
  • Go white water sledging or canyoning on the rivers
  • Saddle up with a horse trek and venture into the wilderness
  • Walking in the mountains could be as simple as a one hour stroll or as challenging as a four day hike
  • Go mountaineering with a professional mountain guide
  • For a fresh snow experience, try heli-skiing or heli-boarding
  • Nordic skiing is the thing to do at Waiorau Snow Farm
  • The ski fields of Cardrona and Treble Cone are brilliantly equipped and offer a mix of terrain for skiers and snowboards of all abilities

Quirky Things to See in Wanaka

Image Source: Tourism New Zealand. Treble Cone, Wanaka, New Zealand
Treble Cone, Wanaka
Photographer: Treble Cone Ski
(www.treblecone.com)

The people of Wanaka are interesting and fun—you'll see it in these special attractions.

  • At Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World you'll get lost in a world of jigsaw puzzles and a maze!
  • Things are always cheerful at the Wanaka Beerworks, a boutique brewery located next to Wanaka airport
  • Eclectic describes the collection at Wanaka Transport Museum - there's everything from cars to fire engines, bicycles to army tanks, model cars to aircraft
  • Take aim at Have A Shot - the place to try your hand at a range of shooting activities. While you're there, show off your swing at the mini golf course

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