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Wanaka is a lovely holiday resort town nestled amongst breathtaking scenery on the southern shores of Lake Wanaka, in the heart of the Southern Lakes District, in Central Otago, New Zealand. Both the gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park and the ski fields of Treble Cone and Cardrona Alpine Resort, Wanaka is a beautiful place of lakes, mountains, rivers, diverse attractions, and endless activities. more

Wanaka is perhaps the South Island’s second greatest outdoor adventure capital after Queenstown – only about an hour’s drive away. Wanaka boasts some of New Zealand’s finest ski fields, 4WDing, hair-raising mountain biking, romantic wineries, wild river jetboating, heli-skiing, trout and salmon fishing, Lord of the Rings scenic tours, alpine horse trekking, clay pigeon shooting, sky-diving, paint balling, scenic flights – not to mention the Don't miss a visit to Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World - a fun world of baffling and amazing puzzles, 3D mazes and puzzling eccentricity. An ideal activity for families.

Cut off from the sea by a series of towering mountain ranges, Wanaka is shielded from the coast’s wet weather and enjoys a dry climate with high sunshine hours. In this sheltered region, Wanaka boasts warm dry summers and clear crisp winters – making it ideal for both the summer outdoor activities and winter sports it hosts.

Wanaka is nestled on the shores of the pristine Lake Wanaka in the South Island’s high country (the region that formed the Middle Earth of the Lord of the Rings). This unforgettable resort town is surrounded by a halo of jagged snow-capped mountain ranges rising dramatically round it. A short distance away is the glacial Mount Aspiring National Park – part of the World Heritage Site Te Wahipounamu. This historic alpine world is a must see and a true marvel of nature. Surrounding Wanaka are a string of other large crystal-clear alpine lakes – most only a short drive away (the closest the popular Lake Hawea is only a 15 minute drive).

Wanaka is the perfect place for every type of tourist wishing to discover the great outdoors, no matter if you are a family, backpacker, group or couple – there is plenty for you. Looking for an adrenaline-pumping experience of a lifetime – choose your pick from a range of exciting options like skydiving, jetboating, skiing and more. Looking for family friendly activities – choose the options including The Puzzling World, scenic tours, boat rides, cycling tours. Looking for a romantic experience – choose from the range of options ranging from wine-tasting to scenic flights.

Wanaka hosts an impressive range of accommodation options spanning everything from five-star luxury hotels, to friendly bread and breakfast accommodation, to homely lodges, to budget motels, to outdoor camping. Whatever your group size, budget or preference is – or whether you are looking for self-catering accommodation or alpine retreat – Wanaka has the accommodation option for you.

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  • ADELE SOUSTER ART - New Zealand

    ADELE SOUSTER ART - New Zealand

    Adele Souster's oil paintings are a journey through New Zealand, capturing a moment of light and atmosphere, adding detail making the viewer feel they are actually there. The moment is gone in an instant, but the image left on the canvas leaves us with a feeling of place and timelessness.

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    25 Oriwa Crescent, Otaki, Kapiti Coast, New Zealand
  • ADVENTURE JUNKIES - Queenstown

    ADVENTURE JUNKIES - Queenstown

    Young energetic adventure tour company with a fervent passion for the outdoors. We truly believe that our trips include the best activities in the South Island, many of which are exclusively available through Adventure Junkies. Unique trips, personal and run by expert guides. We're here to show you the greatest adventures New Zealand has to offer. Family adventures a speciality.

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    Queenstown, New Zealand
  • ALTAMONT LODGE - Wanaka

    ALTAMONT LODGE - Wanaka

    Exceptional quality, friendly, budget priced self-service lodge within easy 20 minute walk along waterfront walk from beautiful downtown Wanaka. Large spacious lounge with logburner fireplace. Large family-friendly, well-equipped kitchen. FREE WIFI, drying room [winter only], laundry, spa-pool, barbecue available enquiries at reception. Perfect group accommodation option. Relax and feel at home in our warm, wood-lined accommodation in Lake Wanaka.

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    121 Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Road, Lake Wanaka, New Zealand
  • ALTITUDE TOURS - Queenstown

    ALTITUDE TOURS - Queenstown

    Mobile-friendly - Daily guided wine & craft beer tours from Queenstown to the best Central Otago wineries in our top-of-the-range fleet of luxury Mercedes vehicles. Altitude is not just about wine, we also run half-day scenic tours to Glenorchy from Queenstown. Private charters for families and small groups wanting a more personalised experience. Popular destinations include Te Anau & Milford Sound.

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    106 Gorge Road, Queenstown, New Zealand
  • AMAZING NEW ZEALAND - The Itinerary Specialist

    AMAZING NEW ZEALAND - The Itinerary Specialist

    Creating innovative and imaginative self-drive itineraries tailored to your own requirements. If you have a desire to indulge your senses with spectacular food and gold medal wines during your visit, then this is the itinerary for you - a self-drive tour of New Zealand created specially for lovers of great food and fine wine.

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    66 Beauvoir Ave, Matakatia, Whangaparaoa, Auckland, New Zealand
  • ASPIRING GUIDES - Wanaka

    ASPIRING GUIDES - Wanaka

    Mobile-friendly - Aspiring Guides provides guided ascents of NZ's highest, most iconic peaks such as Mt Cook and Mt Aspiring, as well as offering mountaineering instruction courses and multi-day trekking. In winter join us for backcountry skiing & snowboard touring on NZ's glaciated terrain or from our private huts. Learn backcountry skiing, avalanche awareness & ice-climbing on our winter courses.

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    Level 1, 99 Ardmore St, Wanaka
  • ASPIRING HELICOPTERS - Wanaka

    ASPIRING HELICOPTERS - Wanaka

    Mobile-friendly - Glacier landings, scenic flights, personalised experiences: Let us take you exploring over Mt Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks giving you the ultimate birds-eye view and unique alpine landings only possible by helicopter. Set foot on an ancient glacier, enjoy the diverse landscape on a Milford Sound flight or simply take in the majestic mountains surrounding Wanaka. Charter flights available.

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    2211 Mt Aspiring Road, Wanaka, New Zealand
  • ASPIRING HELICOPTERS WHARE KEA CHALET - Wanaka

    ASPIRING HELICOPTERS WHARE KEA CHALET - Wanaka

    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.

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    2211 Mt Aspiring Road, Wanaka, New Zealand
  • BACK COUNTRY SADDLE EXPEDITIONS - Wanaka

    BACK COUNTRY SADDLE EXPEDITIONS - Wanaka

    New Zealand Back Country Saddle Expeditions have been in the business of back-country trekking for over 25 years. Come thoroughly enjoy our two-hour trek in one of New Zealand's most scenic areas. Highly experienced staff keen to give you a great time.

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    2130 Cardrona Valley Road, Wanaka, New Zealand
  • BASE WANAKA - Wanaka

    BASE WANAKA - Wanaka

    Mobile-friendly - Only minutes walk from what can only be rated as one of the most beautiful lake and mountain vista views in the world. With two floors of accommodation, BASE Wanaka is setting a new standard in budget with luxury backpacker accommodation. Enjoy your dinner on our second floor guest kitchen balcony while watching the sunset—which is second to none!

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    0800 BASE NZ (0800 227 369) (Free call - only within NZ)
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    73 Brownston Street, Wanaka, New Zealand
  • BELLA VISTA MOTEL - Wanaka

    BELLA VISTA MOTEL - Wanaka

    Mobile-friendly - Accommodation located right in the heart of Wanaka, the Bella Vista invites Wanaka visitors to experience its friendly service and modern units at competitive rates. We offer 18 superior, fully serviced units, family and studio units (some with spa bath). Bella Vista Wanaka has Sky TV and wireless Internet. Modern guest laundry, Continental breakfast available. Free off-street parking.

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    2 Dunmore Street, Wanaka, New Zealand
  • BELVEDERE LUXURY APARTMENTS - Wanaka

    BELVEDERE LUXURY APARTMENTS - Wanaka

    Mobile-friendly - The Belvedere provides holiday accommodation in new, stylish, luxury apartments with modern inclusions to ensure your holiday comfort at Lake Wanaka. All apartments are self-serviced and self-contained. All apartments have full kitchens and laundries. Many of the units have wonderful outlooks to the mountains and/or lake.

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    25-29 Warren Street, Wanaka, New Zealand
  • BIKE IT NOW! - Clyde

    BIKE IT NOW! - Clyde

    Mobile-friendly - Bike It Now!’s Cycle company is based in Historic Clyde, Central Otago. Our expertise on all the Central Otago trails is well recognised. Our one stop Cycle Shop includes; retail, hire, workshop and tour planning. Our team prides itself on being cycle specialists, delivering premium customer service, and superior knowledge. Open 7 days, because – “We are all about you!”

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    25 Holloway Street, Clyde, New Zealand
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    BLACK SHEEP TOURING CO. - New Zealand Wide

    Black Sheep Touring Co. is a leading travel specialist in small-group, private and self-drive tours of New Zealand. Based in New Zealand, we provide vital local knowledge, passionate New Zealand guides and itineraries that blend your bucket-list destinations with our own secret finds. At the same time, our global team serves your start-to-finish travel needs.

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    Suite 12 Mapua Village Mall, 66/68 Aranui Road, Mapua, New Zealand
  • BUCHANAN LODGE - Wanaka

    BUCHANAN LODGE - Wanaka

    Superb, boutique self-catering accommodation in delightful Wanaka. Live the ultimate dream and relax in this stunningly beautiful corner of the South Island. Situated on 60 acres of land designated as an area of 'outstanding natural beauty', Buchanan Lodge provides the perfect hideaway. A great place to shed stress.

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    Buchanan Lodge, 370 Buchanan Rise, Glendhu Bay,Wanaka 9382‎, New Zealand
  • CAMPING IN NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand Wide

    CAMPING IN NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand Wide

    Freedom camping is permitted in many places in New Zealand but the rules vary in each community. To be certain about local camping regulations, we recommend you check out the freedomcamping.org website and get the Camping NZ or Camper Mate app. You can also ask at an i-SITE or Department of Conservation visitor centre or holiday park. #explorerespectNZ

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  • CANYONING NEW ZEALAND - Queenstown and Wanaka

    CANYONING NEW ZEALAND - Queenstown and Wanaka

    Mobile-friendly - Get involved in an awesome multisport adventure with 3 different locations to suit the beginner to the experienced adventure seeker! Abseil, slide, jump and swim whilst getting upclose with some off-the-beaten track raw NZ beauty. Equipment and an experienced qualified guide to lead you through is included. Step-out of your comfort-zone and into some amazing memories of New Zealand.

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    69 Beach Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
  • CANYONING QUEENSTOWN

    CANYONING QUEENSTOWN

    Mobile-friendly - Canyoning Queenstown offers exhilarating canyoning experiences in two unique and gorgeous canyons. Our guided tours will take you on a fun-filled adventure where you can explore our canyons by sliding, abseiling, zip lining and jumping. Canyoning Queenstown is the most experienced canyoning operator in the Queenstown region. Operating from October through to April every year, don't miss out, BOOK NOW!

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    39 Camp Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
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Entrepreneur Coffee Jam

Tue 23rd Apr 2019

Energize your entrepreneurial spirit and meet-up with other founders, hackers, hustlers, investors and startup enthusiasts at our monthly coffee gathering. Entrepreneur Coffee Jam is free to the first 50 who book a ...

Where: Urban Grind Cafe & Bar, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 72 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

From: 11:00am on Tuesday 23rd April 2019
To: 1:00pm on Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Autumn Colours Masterclass Photography Workshop

From: Sat 27th Apr 2019

Our Central Otago photography tour is programmed in for the month of April when the Autumn colours are at their best. With landscape photographers Rob Brown and Richard Young as your guides, and utilising comfortable 4WD ...

Where: Distinction Wanaka Alpine Resort, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 144/154 Anderson Rd, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

From: 10:00am on Saturday 27th April 2019
To: 5:00pm on Tuesday 30th April 2019

Pint-Sized Plays 2019

Sat 4th May 2019

Remarkable Theatre presents its Pint-Sized Plays 2019 production featuring ten short plays written by local and international writers in our Pint-Sized Play writing competition. Based on a concept that originated in ...

Where: Gin and Raspberry Boutique Bar, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: Level 1, 155 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

From: 7:00pm on Saturday 4th May 2019
To: 9:00pm on Saturday 4th May 2019

Experience HU: The Sound of Soul

From: Thu 1st Sep 2016

HU is a sacred sound and ancient mantra, that can uplift your life. Singing HU provides a sense of calm, strength, and centeredness. Come and experience chanting HU and enjoy spiritual conversation with others of ...

Where: Plunket Rooms, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 51 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

From: 6:00pm on Thursday 1st September 2016
To: 6:30pm on Monday 6th January 2020

Jennian Homes - Mother's Day Fun Run 2019

Sun 12th May 2019

The nationwide Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk returns this year on Sunday 12th May 2019! The event is offering families across the country the chance to have fun on Mother’s Day, get active together and ...

Where: Eely Point Reserve, Wanaka, Otago
Address: Lakeside Road, Wanaka

From: 9:00am on Sunday 12th May 2019
To: 12:00pm on Sunday 12th May 2019

Jennian Homes Mothers Day 5km Fun Run/Walk

Sun 12th May 2019

The nationwide Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk returns this year, offering women the chance to have fun, get active and support a worthy cause. There’s a reason we run this event every year. Heart disease ...

Where: Eely Point, Wanaka, Otago
Address: 281 Lakeside Road, Wanaka

From: 9:00am on Sunday 12th May 2019
To: 11:00am on Sunday 12th May 2019

The Big Bike Film Night

From: Mon 13th May 2019

Prepare to be inspired! The Big Bike Film Night is on a mission sharing the best cycling short films from around the world with you. Showcasing our 2019 collection that has everything a cycling-centric audience ...

Where: Edgewater Hotel, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: Sargood Drive, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

From: 6:30pm on Monday 13th May 2019
To: 9:15pm on Tuesday 14th May 2019

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Duo Col Legno

Tue 14th May 2019

A new and exciting combination of cello and marimba by two internationally celebrated musicians! Duo Heleen du Plessis and Yoshiko Tsuruta formed their duo in 2014 to perform the NZ premiere of Peter Klatzow’s A ...

Where: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

From: 7:30pm on Tuesday 14th May 2019
To: 9:30pm on Tuesday 14th May 2019

Business Basics Workshop

Tue 14th May 2019

So you’ve got your business model down, and now it’s time to get serious and launch that venture. Where do you start? This 2-hour business basics workshop walks you through the essential steps to get your business ...

Where: Wanaka Recreation Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 3 Parks Ballantyne Road, Wanaka, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

From: 5:45pm on Tuesday 14th May 2019
To: 8:00pm on Tuesday 14th May 2019

My Name Is Moana

Fri 17th May 2019

Water, ocean, moana, music – ‘My Name is Moana’ is an intimate 90-minute tribute to the ocean, led by celebrated singer-songwriter Moana Maniapoto, arts laureate and a 2016 inductee into the NZ Music Hall of Fame. ...

Where: Lake Hawea Community Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 28 Myra St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

From: 7:30pm on Friday 17th May 2019
To: 11:59pm on Friday 17th May 2019

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