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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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Jazz in Concert with the Queenstown Jazz Orchestra

Sat 12th Oct 2019

After a sold out performance in Arrowtown in June, The Queenstown Jazz Orchestra are venturing over the hill to perform in Wanaka this October! Queenstown Jazz Orchestra A full 16 piece authentic ‘big band’ ...

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

From: 7:30pm on Saturday 12th October 2019
To: 11:59pm on Saturday 12th October 2019

Business Model Canvas Workshop: Social Enterprise Edition

Tue 15th Oct 2019

Are you interested in creating an environmental or social impact? You can be an entrepreneur and run a business with a purpose and our Business Model Canvas workshop this month takes a special focus on the business ...

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

From: 6:00pm on Tuesday 15th October 2019
To: 9:00pm on Tuesday 15th October 2019

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Understand Your Brain - Wanaka

Wed 16th Oct 2019

This is the foundation talk for all of Nathan’s other talks, where you learn about the structure of your brain and how it impacts on everything you say and do. To understand how this structure develops means ...

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

From: 7:30pm on Wednesday 16th October 2019
To: 9:00pm on Wednesday 16th October 2019

Classical Jazz Quartet at Rippon

Fri 18th Oct 2019

The Classical Jazz Quartet make a welcome return to Rippon Hall, bringing a timeless collection of classics and infusing them with toe tapping rhythms and jazzy harmonies. Inspired by Jaques Loussier to blend their ...

Where: The Rippon Hall, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 246 Mt Aspiring Road, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

From: 7:30pm on Friday 18th October 2019
To: 9:15pm on Friday 18th October 2019

Mr Red Light

Sat 19th Oct 2019

Written by Carl Bland Directed by Ben Crowder & Carl Bland Starring: Jennifer Ludlam, Simon Ferry, Jess Sayer, Richard Te Are and Carl Bland DRAMATIC FARCE Mr Red Light is a man who attracts bad luck. Fleeing the ...

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

From: 7:30pm on Saturday 19th October 2019
To: 9:55pm on Saturday 19th October 2019

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Jacked: Subsine

From: Sat 19th Oct 2019

SubSine Records is Australia's new hard hitting Drum n Bass label. Launched in 2018 by Melbourne based DJ/Producer Sera Marie, the label has been quick to gain global recognition and support over its 10 quality ...

Where: Mint Bar, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 73 Brownston St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

From: 9:00pm on Saturday 19th October 2019
To: 3:00am on Sunday 20th October 2019

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Show Me Shorts: The Sampler

Sun 20th Oct 2019

Sit back and enjoy some of the best and most vibrant short films from New Zealand and around the world. This collection provides a great way to sample what Show Me Shorts is all about. The films feature a lost donkey, a ...

Where: Ruby's Cinema and Bar , Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 50 Cardrona Valley Rd, Wanaka, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

From: 5:30pm on Sunday 20th October 2019
To: 7:30pm on Sunday 20th October 2019

Psychic Surgery with Jeanette Wilson

Tue 22nd Oct 2019

In this two-hour show Jeanette works with a team of spirit world doctors and surgeons to remove pain and restriction often within just minutes. It’s a mind opening evening as Jeanette’s guides give insights to the ...

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

From: 7:30pm on Tuesday 22nd October 2019
To: 10:00pm on Tuesday 22nd October 2019

Freedom From Anxiety

From: Wed 23rd Oct 2019

Learn how to feel more daily calm and live with more peace and confidence. This is for you if : Anxiety, panic, stress or overwhelm is limiting you, your life, your relationships, or your business You’re tired ...

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

From: 6:30pm on Wednesday 23rd October 2019
To: 8:00pm on Wednesday 27th November 2019

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Learn how to Heal with Jeanette Wilson

Wed 23rd Oct 2019

Ever wondered if you might have healing hands? Come along to our two hour interactive session with Jeanette to give healing a try. Learn about the difference between reiki, spiritual heal-ing and psychic surgery. ...

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

From: 7:30pm on Wednesday 23rd October 2019
To: 10:00pm on Wednesday 23rd October 2019

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