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Wanaka

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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The Ruby Swim

Sat 25th Jan 2020

Come and swim around Ruby Island in Lake Wanaka. This is the best open water swim event in New Zealand with swim lengths from 200m up 10km. There's something for every ability.

Where: Ruby Island, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: Ruby Island, Lake Wanaka, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

From: 7:00am on Saturday 25th January 2020
To: 1:00pm on Saturday 25th January 2020

Tattletale Saints Album Release Tour

Wed 5th Feb 2020

Summer 2020 sees Tattletale Saints return home to celebrate the release of their new album, Dancing Under the Dogwoods, out on January 24th. Originally from Auckland, 2014 Tui Award winners Tattletale Saints now live ...

Where: Bar Number 8, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: Level 1, 155 Ardmore Street, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

From: 8:00pm on Wednesday 5th February 2020
To: 10:30pm on Wednesday 5th February 2020

Tuki Festival 2020

Sat 8th Feb 2020

Tuki 2020 is back and is ready to rumble, and we are stoked to be putting on this ripper shindig again. On Saturday 8th Feb, Tuki, formally known as Rippon Festival; will be returning to the green and blue shores of ...

Where: Glendhu Station, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 1050 Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Road, Glendhu Bay, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

From: 1:00pm on Saturday 8th February 2020
To: 11:30pm on Saturday 8th February 2020

Andy Irvine - Cardrona

Sat 8th Feb 2020

Andy Irvine is one of the great Irish singers, his voice one of a handful of truly great ones that gets to the very soul of Ireland. He has been hailed as “a tradition in himself.” Musician, singer and songwriter, ...

Where: Cardrona Hall Board, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 2282 Cardrona Valley Rd, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

From: 7:00pm on Saturday 8th February 2020
To: 11:59pm on Saturday 8th February 2020

Beethoven Violin and Piano Sonatas - Wanaka

Sat 15th Feb 2020

The Beethoven Violin and Piano Sonatas - A Central Otago celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth. NZ violinist Justine Cormack and American pianist Kate Boyd perform the second concert in their ...

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

From: 7:30pm on Saturday 15th February 2020
To: 9:30pm on Saturday 15th February 2020

Tutus on Tour

Sun 8th Mar 2020

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is delighted to expand the company’s much-loved regional touring programme in 2020, featuring works tailor-made for the RNZB by trail blazing choreographers at home in New Zealand and on ...

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

From: 6:30pm on Sunday 8th March 2020
To: 11:59pm on Sunday 8th March 2020

Ice Skate Tour

From: Tue 10th Mar 2020

Be prepared for a cool but not cold ice skating experience. The Ice Skate Tour travels around New Zealand with state of the art, artificial ice rinks. They look like ice and have 97% same gliding capacity as natural ...

Where: Wanaka Primary School, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 7 Ironside Drive, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

From: 3:00pm on Tuesday 10th March 2020
To: 5:00pm on Sunday 15th March 2020

Ice Skate Tour

From: Mon 16th Mar 2020

Be prepared for a cool but not cold ice skating experience. The Ice Skate Tour travels around New Zealand with state of the art, artificial ice rinks. They look like ice and have 97% same gliding capacity as natural ...

Where: Hawea Flat Hall, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: Cnr Kane & Camphill Rds, Hawea Flat, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

From: 3:00pm on Monday 16th March 2020
To: 7:00pm on Tuesday 17th March 2020

Contact Epic - NZ's Ultimate MTB Challenge

Sat 18th Apr 2020

The Contact Epic is about the challenge of circumnavigating the shores of Lake Hawea by mountain bike. Lake Hawea is located on the edge of Wanaka, right next to the Southern Alps in the South Island of New Zealand. The ...

Where: Lake Hawea Hotel, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 1 Capel Ave, Hawea, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

From: 7:00am on Saturday 18th April 2020
To: 6:00pm on Saturday 18th April 2020

The Big Bike Film Night

Fri 8th May 2020

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 2020 collection that has everything a cycle-centric audience ...

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

From: 5:45pm on Friday 8th May 2020
To: 10:45pm on Friday 8th May 2020

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