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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ASURE Brookvale Motel offers 10 quality self-contained rooms, motel accommodation motel accommodation in a tranquil setting in the heart of Wanaka. Located only a two minute walk from the centre of Wanaka's town and lake front. Enjoy a private setting with views out over a quiet reserve towards Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps.
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.
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.
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.
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!"
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
Mobile-friendly - 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!
Mobile-friendly - Our small group tours throughout New Zealand offer a more flexible and fun experience to ensure our guides show you more amazing sites in between our top destinations. Our day trips from both Auckland & Queenstown take you to the most popular sites in Aotearoa including Hobbiton, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Rotorua, Milford Sound & Wanaka just to name a few.
Mobile-friendly - Wanaka Apartment Accommodation: Spacious... Comfortable... Quiet... Centrally located. Clearbrook offers 14 private, self-catering apartments and 2 x 3 bedroom town houses. All are fully equipped for your rejuvenating Wanaka holiday with a tranquil stream outlook. Free unlimited Wi-Fi, 50 plus channels of Sky with 'My Sky' decoders, air-conditioning / heat pumps, washing machine, dryer, in all rooms.
Mobile-friendly - New stylish five-star accommodation. Set on one acre, this boutique bed & breakfast has two well-appointed private ensuited guest rooms offering guests the highest level of comfort. Each guest room has large glass doors leading out to its own patio overlooking landscaped gardens and the mountains beyond. Indulge in superbly relaxing accommodation just a few minutes' walk to town.
Mobile-friendly - 4WD High Country Adventure - The Criffel Station team would love to show you around our 'high country' world. Join us for an unforgettable South Island NZ experience. Unbelievable views! Farm tours: Enjoy an informative and hands-on introduction to deer farming, beekeeping and authentic Kiwi farm life
Mobile-friendly - Enjoy a unique combination of shooting challenges: clay bird & target shooting, archery, mini golf, driving range & battlefield. The thing to do in Wanaka! Crossfire Wanaka, located in Criffel Junction is just a short 10 minute drive from Wanaka.
Mobile-friendly - Join us and descend the fantastic world-class canyons of Queesntown-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!
Mobile-friendly - Nestled in a quiet location and enjoying wonderful lake and mountain views from many of the accommodation apartments, we are only a few minutes from the town centre and lakefront. Distinction Wanaka Alpine Resort was opened in 2006 and offers a choice of large, stylish one, two or three-bedroom apartments.
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Wana Laugh Comedy Night
Wana laugh is a comedy show that is returning to Wanaka by popular demand for one night only. It features three of New Zealand's top comedians Brendhan Lovegrove, Ben Hurley and Justine Smith. This is going to be ...
Where: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 7:00pm on Friday 23rd August 2019
To: 10:30pm on Friday 23rd August 2019
Ayurveda & Women's Health Workshop
The 'Ayurveda & women’s health' workshop is designed for women experiencing peri-menopausal or menopausal symptoms. Ayurveda, the ancient healing system from India offers a holistic approach which helps through diet, ...
Where: Yoga Ground, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 37 Reece Crescent, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 7:00pm on Friday 23rd August 2019
To: 9:00pm on Friday 23rd August 2019
Spring Challenge Adventure Training Weekend
Are you doing the Spring Challenge in Cromwell in September, or just want to brush up on your adventure skills? Do you want to learn from two, top international adventure racers… plus have a fun, fitness weekend away ...
Where: Wanaka Yacht Club, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: Lakeside Rd, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 7:00pm on Friday 23rd August 2019
To: 5:00pm on Sunday 25th August 2019
UNDOMESTICATION How to use your Divorce or Menopause to Reinvent Yourself as the Wildly Elegant, Turned On and Powerful Woman you've always Dreamt of Being Join expert Women's Empowerment and Intimacy Coach, Nina ...
Where: Two Stories, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 64 Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Road, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 7:00pm on Wednesday 28th August 2019
To: 9:00pm on Wednesday 16th October 2019
Food As Medicine And More
Learn how to preserve and restore your health with food from Dr Martyn Williamson, one of New Zealand's Plant Based Doctors. Prevent and Reverse... Diabetes, Heart Disease, Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Autoimmune ...
Where: Lake Hawea Community Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 28 Myra St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 6:30pm on Friday 30th August 2019
To: 8:30pm on Friday 30th August 2019
Corona Presents Mako Road
Corona are proud to present Christchurch indie-pop-rockers Mako Road on a run of free shows across New Zealand this winter. This run of five shows will showcase one of the country’s fastest growing live acts in some of ...
Where: Barluga, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 33 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 8:00pm on Sunday 1st September 2019
To: 11:00pm on Sunday 1st September 2019
Experience HU: The Sound of Soul
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
Emma G - Together We Rise
The magic of fear is: learning to rise again - breaking the walls we've built in our minds - the magic of love is: together we rise. Lalaland Lounge Bar Wanaka is proud to feature Kiwi born, now turned US ...
Where: Lalaland Wanaka, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: Level 1, 99 Ardmore Street, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 8:00pm on Tuesday 3rd September 2019
To: 11:00pm on Tuesday 3rd September 2019
Emma G - Together We Rise
The magic of fear is: learning to rise again - breaking the walls we've built in our minds - the magic of love is: together we rise. Fitzpatricks Irish Pub Wanaka is proud to feature Kiwi born, now turned US ...
Where: Fitzpatricks Irish Pub, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 59 Helwick St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 8:00pm on Wednesday 4th September 2019
To: 11:00pm on Wednesday 4th September 2019
Building Information Evening: SOLD OUT
SOLD OUT - Don’t worry if you missed out and due to popularity we are running a second evening. Use this link to secure your spot https://bit.ly/2Z4cYiO. Waiting on your section to title and starting to arrange the ...
Where: Wanaka Hotel, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 71 Ardmore Street, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 5:30pm on Thursday 5th September 2019
To: 6:30pm on Thursday 5th September 2019