Wanaka is set in the heart of the Southern Lakes in central Otago. With two lakes and an alpine resort, you can pursue outdoor adventures of every kind in Wanaka.
Wanaka has many tourist attractions and travel activities with something to suit all ages, tastes and budgets. From adrenaline-pumping adventure to a relaxing day out, you need never be bored in Wanaka.
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A world-renowned mountain guiding company with a legacy of climbing expeditions. We offer 78 expeditions, treks and wilderness journeys to the Himalaya, Antarctica, Arctic, South America, Greenland, Alaska and the Seven Summits in addition to a world class mountaineering guiding service and climbing school in New Zealand and Europe with our IFMGA / NZMGA mountain guides.
Adventure Horse Trekking invites you to experience the breathtaking snow capped Southern Alps and high country stations while riding quiet surefooted horses. Journey through snow fed rivers, alongside Alpine lakes, and on time-worn trails used when Aotearoa was first settled. Accommodation options vary from 100 year old musters huts to historic cottages or the oldest and most haunted NZ pub.
We offer fly, troll and spin fishing, lake cruises, island visits with bush walks and private charters on Lake Wanaka, located a short distance from Queenstown, in the heart of the beautiful Southern Lakes region. So whatever the season, come cruise with us on our 8 metre luxury launch.
Enjoy a gourmet mountaintop heli picnic, an exhilarating guided mountain bike journey through Wanaka’s most exciting terrain, or soak up the unforgettable scenery during a flight to Mt Aspiring National Park’s glaciers. Alpine Helicopters offer guests a wide range of scenic heli adventures, from half day excursions to Fiordland and the West Coast, to short flights around the region.
Unforgettable personalised flights exploring the Mt Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks with birds eye views possible only by helicopter. Take in the grandeur en route to a Milford Sound or Mount Cook experience, or enjoy the tranquillity of Lake Wanaka and its surrounds. Alpine landings included. Available also for airport transfers, filming, fishing etc.
A 15-minute scenic flight with Aspiring Helicopters will take you to Whare Kea Chalet, a luxurious accommodation option and a spectacular base for those looking for the ultimate alpine adventure. This exclusive alpine venue and its surrounding adventures can be enjoyed year round by friends, families and small groups. In winter, it's the perfect base for heli skiing.
New Zealand Back Country Saddle Expeditions have been in the business of back country trekking for a number of years. Whether you trek with New Zealand Back Country Saddle Expeditions for a couple of hours or trek for a full day, you'll enjoy what horse trekking in New Zealand has to offer.
Bike It Now! offers a great range of tour packages that will get you out there and cycling the trails in Central Otago and beyond. Otago Central Rail Trail, Roxburgh Gorge and Clutha Gold, Alps2Ocean, Queenstown Trail and Wanaka Trails.
Buckley Transport services all tracks in the Wakatipu area. Pick ups and drop-off by arrangement, ask us for a quote. We pick up and drop-off in the Queenstown CBD or from your accommodation. We service all the major tracks. Our times are designed to suit trampers. Glenorchy, Rees, Dart, Greenstone, Kepler, Middlemarch, Routeburn, Matukituki, Clyde, Milford Sound, Hollyford etc.
Get ready to jump, abseil, zip line and slide your way through some of the most amazing natural scenery New Zealand has to offer! Options to suit all ages and abilities with 4 great locations to choose from. Operating from October through to March every year, don't miss out, BOOK NOW!
Cardrona Alpine Resort is a fun, family friendly ski resort with high elevation renowned for dry natural snow. With wide open slopes, challenging chutes and NZ’s best terrain park facilities…you won't want to leave! Book your Queenstown accommodation and activities online now!
Revel in the spirit of true motoring elegance in matching pairs of chauffeured Rolls Royce and Daimler Classic British vintage car limousines throughout Queenstown, Southern Lakes, Central Otago. Perfect for your wedding car transport, private customised tours, shared small group tours - vineyards, wineries, sightseeing, special occasions, gifts, events, functions, destination/airport transfers Professional, flexible, friendly, personalised service-We come recommended.
Join us and descend the fantastic world-class canyons of the Wanaka and Haast areas, select from 10 trips, beginner to advanced. Spend the day with our experienced guides abseiling down waterfalls, sliding awesome water polished rock chutes and jumping into beautiful forested pools. Guiding since 1994 in amazing places with interesting challenges and friendly people along with Great Big Fun!
Guided walks in Mt Aspiring National Park and the Lake Wanaka region. Walks for all levels of fitness from an hour to half-day to whole-day. Take our famous half-day Lake Cruise and Island Nature Walk or the full-day Rob Roy Glacier Walk. Or try our spectacular Heli-Hikes: the "Misty Mountains" or Alpine Lakes. Queenstown departures available on full day tours.
Haka Tours offers a unique fully guided, small group (average of 8 people) 7-day South Island Snow Tour, suitable for all abilities. Tour includes guide, transport, accommodation, lift passes and a free day in Queenstown. To view the video that follows a recent group and captures the essence of the tour, visit our website.
Operating Heli Skiing out of the Wanaka, Queenstown and Mount Cook areas is Harris Mountains Heli-Ski. They invite you to stand in the middle of an untouched powder-kissed paradise, and to clip in and push off into exhilaration. If you can ski, you can heli ski. It really is the perfect way to recharge your senses. Private charters available too.
Have a Shot is a place to visit where you can do a range of actives all in the same complex. A number of these activities are very difficult to be found elsewhere, like the claybird shooting, the rifle ranges and archery ranges. The battlefield and cropool are only at Have a Shot, nowhere else!
Great Kiwi walks—the ultimate New Zealand wilderness trekking. Our 'Great Kiwi Walks' offer true inspiration for the soul! Enjoy half to full-day eco-trekking amongst lush native rainforest, ancient river valleys and stunning alpine scenery with access by air or jet boat. Our helicopter-walk-jetboat adventures include the Siberia Wilderness Adventure and Jumboland Wilderness Adventure.
New Zealand holiday travel guide for families - the only dedicated family travel webguide to New Zealand. Kidz Go provides information for families visiting Queenstown, Wanaka or Te Anau. Family friendly accommodation, dining and activities, minimum ages for adventure stuff, child-minding, skiing with kids and more. Check our website for family information for all other New Zealand regions.
Haka Tours run world class, fully guided, small group Mountain Bike Tours from 7 to 16 days. We showcase a range of riding from flowing single-track MTB parks and epic all-day adventures, to jaw-dropping downhill’s and night rides, we have something for all you avid mountain bikers. Tour includes expert guide, transport, accommodation, breakfast (and some lunches and dinners).
NZ Snow Tours offer quality, fully guided snow packages, based in Queenstown or Wanaka. We include everything you need for a stress free week on the snow. We pick you up from the airport and look after you every day, driving you direct to the best mountains NZ has to offer. Accommodation, lift passes are all included.
Get well off the beaten track with our authentic 4WD and photography tours through a genuine New Zealand alpine farm overlooking picturesque Lake Wanaka surrounded by glistening snow-capped peaks and glaciers. An absolute highlight of your New Zealand holiday.
Come whitewater riverboarding down the Mighty Kawarau River with the 'original' riversurfing company, Serious Fun, 'Blowing Minds Since 89'. The worlds best trained guides will teach you to surf standing waves, run rapids, ride whirlpools, squirt (flying under water), rock jump and lots more. Also personalised van transport to Cardrona in winter.
Aeroplane Flight 25mins – Walk 3hrs – Jetboat 30mins. “Must-Do” True NZ Wilderness Experience by Air, Land, and River in Mt Aspiring World Heritage National Park. View Glaciers, waterfalls and other hidden gems amongst rugged and spectacular Southern Alps. Land amongst mountains in remote Siberia Valley. Walk the well-formed track to jetboat pickup for mountain river safari to Makarora Village.
Half-day wilderness experience combining spectacular helicopter flight, valley walk and jet boat ride. Aerial views of towering ice carved mountains and glaciers. Land in the remote Siberia Valley and enjoy a relaxing three-hour walk on a well marked track. Rendezvous for a fast paced river jet safari through icy blue waters.
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