Wanaka is a popular township located on the southern banks of Lake Wanaka in Otago on the South Island. It is Otago’s second largest resort town and enjoys a lively, but less hectic buzz than neighbouring Queenstown 70km away (one hour’s drive). From the South Island gateway city of Christchurch, it takes just over six hours to drive to Wanaka (428km).
Wanaka first garnered interest when gold was discovered in the 1870s, but nowadays it is the lake, Mt Aspiring, Cardrona ski field, Puzzling World, International World Heli-Challenge and the bi-annual Wanaka Air Show that help attract thousands of visitors. more
Wanaka seasons have their own special appeal: spring means blossom, summer sees many cloudless hot, sunny days, autumn is a riot of red and golden colours and winter is clear, crisp and sunny.
The peaks of Mount Aspiring National Park create a stunning panorama around the lake and it's easy for hikers and non-hikers to explore the park. Other popular activities include: wine tours, visiting the Wanaka Beerworks, golf, fishing, café and restaurant dining, horse trekking, canyoning, mountain biking, sky diving, hiking, skiing and scenic flights.
Accommodation options in Wanaka include apartments, baches, backpackers, bed and breakfast stays, holiday homes, camping grounds, hotels and lodges.
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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 - 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.
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.
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.
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 - 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 - 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 - 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.
Mobile-friendly - Lake Cruise and Mou Waho Island Nature Walk. Cruise to this unique and magical reserve, walking the track to the serene Arethusa Pool near the summit for amazing lake and alpine views. See the rare flightless Buff Weka (half-day). Or combine with a 4WD backcountry adventure for the Wanaka Nature Encounter (full day). Queenstown departures available on full day trips.
Mobile-friendly - With Lake Wanaka gently lapping at the lake edge you'll be overcome by a sense of blissful tranquillity from the moment you arrive at Edgewater. Our genuine local knowledge complements our inviting accommodation and enticing seasonal menus. Come and touch the seasons at Edgewater, Wanaka's only accommodated situated directly on the lakefront.
Mobile-friendly - Emma is a specialist wedding planner and co-ordinator who provides you with a very personal service to ensure you have a wonderful wedding. Minimise stress, save money and enjoy your wedding day knowing you have someone to support you. Whether you live here or overseas I would love to help you plan your perfect wedding day.
Mobile-friendly - Let us take you on an exhilarating jetboating ride down the mighty Clutha River. Spectacular scenery, fast flowing waters, passing old gold mining sites until you reach the "Devils Nook". You will pass under the historic "Red Bridge", camera stops and numerous 360 degree spins will be carried out during your Go Jets Wanaka jetboating trip. Pick up i-site Wanaka.
Hook is a brand new lake to plate salmon fishing and restaurant experience located in Wanaka, right at the heart of New Zealand's Southern Lakes. Hook is a place where everyone is welcomed to enjoy Wanaka's stunning alpine setting in comfort and with ease. Escape into the great outdoors. Catch a Chinook salmon from our spring-fed fishing lakes.
Mobile-friendly - New Zealand holiday travel guide for families - the only dedicated family travel webguide to New Zealand. Kidz Go provides information for families visiting Queenstown, Wanaka or Te Anau. Family friendly accommodation, dining and activities, minimum ages for adventure stuff, child-minding, skiing with kids and more. Check our website for family information for all other New Zealand regions.
Lake Outlet Holiday Park is located near Wanaka and provides a traditional New Zealand camping experience. It's secluded with natural surroundings and only six kilometres from Lake Wanaka town centre. Lake Outlet Holiday Park offers comfortable camping without detracting from the natural beauty. It has all the facilities for Campervans with powered sites, non powered sites for tenting or cabins.
Mobile-friendly - Lakeview Motel is perfect if you are looking for affordable accommodation with breathtaking views over the lake and mountains. Our friendly and relaxed accommodation is just a short walk to Wanaka town and lakefront. The spacious rooms open onto a balcony where you can soak up the million dollar views. And the accommodation is self-contained.
Mobile-friendly - Lime Tree Lodge offers luxurious five-star boutique accommodation in one of New Zealand's most spectacular regions. An avenue of 'tilea cordata' lime trees lends the Lodge its unique name and character. The rustic Central Otago exterior, featuring local schist stone, opens up into a modern and stylish interior with no expense spared on making the surroundings comfortable for guests.
Mobile-friendly - Live the dream; spacious luxury, privacy and stunning views of Lake Wanaka and Southern Alps from two luxury self-contained lodges, built around a courtyard with BBQ, pizza oven and water feature. Each lodge has underfloor heating, soaring ceilings, gourmet kitchen, lounge, bedroom and two bathrooms, just five minutes from shops.
Mobile-friendly - Mt. Aspiring Holiday Park is peacefully nestled in the hills just outside of Lake Wanaka township. Settle in for a relaxing holiday or stopover with beautiful views, plenty of space and fresh mountain air. Lake Wanaka offers a variety of outdoor activities in the hot and dry Otago summers and superb skiing in winter. Mountain bike hire. Adventure playground.
Mobile-friendly - NZ Snow Tours offer quality, fully guided snow packages, based in Queenstown or Wanaka. We include everything you need for a stress free week on the snow. We pick you up from the airport and look after you every day, driving you direct to the best mountains NZ has to offer. Accommodation, lift passes are all included.
Mobile-friendly - At Oasis we provide shelter with difference. A unique community style yurt accommodation nestled in the Southern Alps of Wanaka, Aotearoa. Our large central Lodge provides executive shared facilities & a complete self-catering solution. Suitable for both summer & winter vacations, all yurts are fitted with their own wood burner & heating/ cooling system.
Mobile-friendly - Offering both guided Kayak and Stand up Paddleboard (SUP) activities and operating on both Lake Wanaka and the upper Clutha river. This is one activity not to be missed on any visit to beautiful Wanaka and the Central Otago region of New Zealand. Owned and operated by a passionate locally based kiwi couple, Chris and Bex Thornton.
Mobile-friendly - "Puzzling World" is a world-unique attraction with the theme of anything puzzling! Take some amazing photos of our crazy buildings and toilets. Our Illusion Rooms must be seen to be believed and the two-storied Great Maze, the world's first 'modern-styled' maze, is a fascinating challenge for the whole family.
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Introspective Hypnosis Workshop
Healing Through Hypnosis We are all here on this planet with a purpose; a spiritual purpose. Our souls choose the appropriate body, family and circumstances to be born into to help us accomplish what we need to do. We ...
Where: Edgewater Hotel, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: Sargood Drive, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 9:00am on Monday 23rd September 2019
To: 4:30pm on Friday 27th September 2019
Gallaway Cook Allan Sports Speaker Series 2019
Topic: Mind Over Matter - Success in the face of adversity. A panel of four speakers: Dave Collins (Sports Pysch), Tom Wilmott (SSNZ Head Park & Pipe Coach), Dougal Allan (Multisport Athlete), Annabel Anderson (SUP ...
Where: Wanaka Presbyterian Community Church, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 91 Tenby Street, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 7:00pm on Tuesday 24th September 2019
To: 8:30pm on Tuesday 24th September 2019
James Reid Songbook Tour - From the Feelers to Solo
James Reid - the man behind some of New Zealand’s most beloved songs - announces a nationwide solo tour of 14 intimate venues across Aotearoa. From Whangarei in the north, to Invercargill in the south, James Reid ...
Where: Gin and Raspberry Boutique Bar, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: Level 1, 155 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 7:00pm on Wednesday 25th September 2019
To: 11:59pm on Wednesday 25th September 2019
Entrepreneur Coffee Jam - Social Enterprise Edition
Energise your entrepreneurial spirit and meet-up with other startup enthusiasts at our monthly coffee gathering. Entrepreneur Coffee Jam is free to the first 50 who book a ticket via Eventfinda. Programming starts at ...
Where: Urban Grind Cafe & Bar, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 72 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 11:00am on Thursday 26th September 2019
To: 12:00pm on Thursday 26th September 2019
Teton Gravity Research: Winterland
Winterland is a film that celebrates our athletes’ connection to the roots of skiing and snowboarding while showcasing the pure joy and adventure associated with these sports. By exploring the history, places, and ...
Where: Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 72 Brownston St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 7:00pm on Friday 27th September 2019
To: 9:00pm on Saturday 28th September 2019
Discover, Connect, Align and Access Your Soul’s Intelligence
2 Day Workshop. Discover, Connect and Align Your Soul Pattern Access the Limitless Power of Your Soul, Learn the Keys to Live a Soul Empowered Life! There are no coincidences in life, you are exactly where you are ...
Where: St John Ambulance, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 4 Link Way, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 9:30am on Saturday 28th September 2019
To: 4:30pm on Sunday 29th September 2019
The Keys Are In the Margarine
Arts on Tour NZ in association with Brain Research New Zealand presents: The Keys are in the Margarine – a verbatim play about dementia Today, more than 60,000 New Zealanders live with Alzheimer’s disease or a ...
Where: Lake Hawea Community Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 28 Myra St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 7:30pm on Thursday 3rd October 2019
To: 11:59pm on Thursday 3rd October 2019
Jacquin Trio - Charis Hanning (piano), Jessie Grimes (clarinet) and Kay Stephen (viola) performing Beethoven, Brahms and Bruch. A special opportunity exists to present this sparkly young trio in concert during October ...
Where: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 7:30pm on Friday 4th October 2019
To: 9:30pm on Friday 4th October 2019
Cori Gonzalez-Macuer - Wanaka
Star of the movie 'What We Do In The Shadows' and TV show '7 Days' regular, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer returns to Wanaka with his brand new show. Having sold out Gin and Raspberry in 2015, 2016 and 2017, you won't want to ...
Where: Gin and Raspberry Boutique Bar, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: Level 1, 155 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 8:00pm on Saturday 5th October 2019
To: 10:00pm on Saturday 5th October 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