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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
  • ALPINE HELICOPTERS - Wanaka & Queenstown

    ALPINE HELICOPTERS - Wanaka & Queenstown

    Mobile-friendly - Enjoy a gourmet mountaintop picnic, an exhilarating guided mountain bike journey, a snow landing 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 short flights around the region. Half and full day excursions to Fiordland and the West Coast.

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    10 Lloyd Dunn Avenue, SH 6, Wanaka Airport, 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. Single $79.00, Double/Twin $99.00, $20.00 each extra adult, maximum 4 per room. Under 2 years Free.

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    121 Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Road, Lake Wanaka, 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
  • 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
  • BERRY FARM BED & BREAKFAST - Wanaka

    BERRY FARM BED & BREAKFAST - Wanaka

    Mobile-friendly - Welcome to Wanaka's premier Bed & Breakfast, Wanaka Berry Farm and Bed and Breakfast. Located 3 minutes from Wanaka, this accommodation extends a warm welcome for visitors who want to stay in Wanaka. Come and enjoy this private, peaceful bed & breakfast homestay in rural setting close to the township of Lake Wanaka. Wanaka Berry Farm and Bed and Breakfast.

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    83 Orchard Road, 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
  • BLACK SHEEP TOURING CO. - New Zealand Wide

    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
  • CANYONING NEW ZEALAND - Queenstown and Wanaka

    CANYONING NEW ZEALAND - Queenstown and Wanaka

    Mobile-friendly - The ultimate multi-sport adventure. An activity where you navigate your way down a mountain stream by jumping, sliding, abseiling and climbing. It's about getting out of your comfort zone and trying an awesome sport in a safe and controlled environment. Trips departing Queenstown and Wanaka all summer long, no experience required, don't miss out, BOOK NOW!

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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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A Journey Beyond II - A Bombtrack Movie Premiere

Thu 16th Aug 2018

Join us for the premiere of Bombtrack Bicycle Co.'s 'A Journey Beyond II'. Marc Maurer shares the trials and tribulations of travelling light through exotic locations, diverse cultures, generosity of strangers and ...

Where: Good Rotations, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 34 Anderson Rd, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

From: 7:00pm on Thursday 16th August 2018
To: 10:00pm on Thursday 16th August 2018

A Masquerade Ball Party

Sat 18th Aug 2018

The evening will be an extravaganza of entertainment, with food, fun, live music and lots more! Dress will be formal for Wanaka’s very own ball, see our poster for more details.

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

From: 6:00pm on Saturday 18th August 2018
To: 11:55pm on Saturday 18th August 2018

Chinese Politics and The Birth of Skiing

Fri 24th Aug 2018

One mans crazy journey to the birthplace of skiing in western China: skiing with Mongolian and Kazak skiers whose technique and equipment has not changes in thousands of years. Learn about the role that traditional ...

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

From: 7:00pm on Friday 24th August 2018
To: 8:30pm on Friday 24th August 2018

Albi & The Wolves

Fri 24th Aug 2018

This year Albi & The Wolves bring their diverse and fun brand of alternative acoustic music to Wanaka for the first time. From the trio you will hear songs of their own creation and funky recreations of songs you'll ...

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

From: 8:30pm on Friday 24th August 2018
To: 11:55pm on Friday 24th August 2018

Audi Quattro Winter Games NZ

From: Fri 24th Aug 2018

The Audi quattro Winter Games New Zealand is an elite international Winter sports event. This will be the sixth edition of the Games, taking place during August and September 2018 in Queenstown, Wanaka and Naseby. ...

Where: Snow Sports NZ, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 78 Anderson Rd, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

From: 8:00am on Friday 24th August 2018
To: 5:00pm on Saturday 8th September 2018

Wanaka Taste Night

Thu 30th Aug 2018

Come along to this Taste Night and try some of the tasty recipes from the Taste Success nutrition programme. Programme written by a Naturopath and Nutritionist with all of the recipes being refined-sugar and gluten ...

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

From: 5:45pm on Thursday 30th August 2018
To: 6:30pm on Thursday 30th August 2018

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 Thursday 6th December 2018

Corona Sunsets Presents Summer Thieves

From: Sat 8th Sep 2018

Free show - first in first served. After opening proceedings at a number of the Corona Sunsets Presents L.A.B. shows over this past summer, the Winter iteration will see Summer Thieves step up as the main event for a ...

Where: Barluga, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 33 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

From: 9:00pm on Saturday 8th September 2018
To: 12:00am on Sunday 9th September 2018

Wanaka Traditional Superfoods Workshop

Mon 10th Sep 2018

Kate from The Holistic Nutritionist and Jess from Taste Success with Jess invite you to a fun and informative workshop where you can learn how to easily make traditional superfoods at home. Workshop will include: - ...

Where: Mount Aspiring College, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: Plantation Road, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

From: 7:30pm on Monday 10th September 2018
To: 9:00pm on Monday 10th September 2018

The Chills - Snow Bound Tour with Finn Andrews (The Veils)

From: Sat 22nd Sep 2018

The Chills announce, Snow Bound, their new studio album due out on September 14th. Consolidating the album out upon the peaks and troughs of New Zealand’s wondrous land and soundscapes, The Chills set off again on ...

Where: Water Bar, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 145 Ardmore Street, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

From: 9:00pm on Saturday 22nd September 2018
To: 12:00am on Sunday 23rd September 2018

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