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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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 - 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 - Nestled in a quiet Lake Wanaka location, the self-contained 1, 2, 3 & 5 bedroom apartments provide a fully equipped kitchen, TV with SKY channels, FREE unlimited WiFi, under-floor heating in the bathrooms, private & secure car garages, perfect for storing equipment such as skis & bikes. Outdoor swimming pool, spa, gym, games room, tennis court.
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 - Specialist wedding and event planner providing you a very personal service to ensure a wonderful wedding day. Minimise stress, save money and enjoy your wedding day knowing someone is supporting you. Whether you live here or overseas I'd love to help plan your perfect wedding day. Corporate, charitable and other private events large or small organised throughout the country.
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.
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 - A unique bespoke Lodge accommodation with the essence and feel of glamping. An experience close to nature where you can listen to the bird song, gaze up at the night sky before bed and drift to sleep in the comfort and luxury of a Yurt. Romantic getaways, family vacations, a friends escape, Oasis offers a year round option for all.
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.
Discover a whole new universe, become part of your game, explore the world, with REALM, the world is literally at your fingertips. Enjoy one of our cutting edge experiences on our Infinity Platforms. At REALM, you're not just watching, - you're immersed! Play with friends or watch, as they navigate the experience on our live streaming screens.
Mobile-friendly - Get well off the beaten track with our authentic 4WD and photography tours through a genuine New Zealand alpine farm overlooking picturesque Lake Wanaka surrounded by glistening snow-capped peaks and glaciers. An absolute highlight of your New Zealand holiday.
Mobile-friendly - Offering full service ski & snowboard rental delivery in Wanaka & Queenstown. Our ski hire Wanaka delivery offers custom fitted ski & snowboard rentals. We fit you for boots in the comfort of your accommodation at a time that suits 7 days a week from 7am until 9pm. Snopro prides itself on offering the best ski & snowboard hire Wanaka.
Mobile-friendly - Southern Alps Air provide scenic flights through New Zealand's most breathtaking landscapes. Areas you will see on our flights can include glaciers, National Parks, Mt Aspiring, Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, Mt Cook, and Milford Sound. Our experienced pilots provide a friendly and professional service. During your chosen flight, enjoy a personalized commentary and uninterrupted views from your window seat.
Mobile-friendly - Set on nearly 2 acres of grounds facing Mt Iron, Wanaka Alpine Lodge is in a semi-rural setting surrounded by New Zealand's beautiful Southern Alps and just 3km from central Wanaka. Only a short distance from Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea, Clutha River, Mt Aspiring National Park and the ski fields of Cardrona, Treble Cone and Snow Farm.
Within view of the spectacular Southern Alps and on the doorstep of the World Heritage Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks, Wanaka Helicopters can offer scenic flights that encompass more epic landscapes than anywhere else in New Zealand. Scenic flights to Lake Wanaka, Mount Aspiring, Isobel Glacier, Milford Sound and Mount Cook, personalised charter trips also available.
Mobile-friendly - Handy to lake, 10 minutes walk to town and central to the various attractions available in the area, Wanaka Lakeview Holiday Park is your ideal camping destination. This park has served the Wanaka area for many years by offering a clean and affordable accommodation that will suit all budgets. Stay with us and enjoy a unique camping experience.
Mobile-friendly - Accommodation just two kilometres from Wanaka township, nestled amongst mature trees with great morning sun and views. Courtesy shuttle service to Wanaka town. Free wi-fi, BBQ's, Spas, Sauna, Bike-hire available. Motel units enjoy panoramic views with spacious grass area, 50+ SkyTV channels, full kitchens. Main amenity block has modern, clean showers & underfloor heating. Ideal holiday park accommodation.
Mobile-friendly - Small group half or full day tours exploring the scenery, history, food and wines of Central Otago. The accent is on leisure as you immerse into the flavours and sights of this vineyard paradise. An unhurried amble through up to six of the regions finest, pausing only to admire the ever-present views. Tours depart daily on demand.
A view of Lake Wanaka from the western side of the lake, approximately 3.5km from the township
Wanaka Preschool is the longest established early childhood centre in Wanaka, New Zealand. We provide affordable and accessible quality education and care for children in a family friendly environment.
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Italian Film Festival Wanaka
The Embassy of Italy and the Italian Film Festival NZ, warmly invite you to a fantastico season of Italian Cinema in Wanaka. Our fabulous Opening Night is Thursday 21 September at 6.30pm. Tickets are $25 and ...
Where: Ruby's Cinema and Bar , Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 50 Cardrona Valley Rd, Wanaka, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 6:30pm on Thursday 21st September 2023
To: 8:40pm on Saturday 30th September 2023
Quiz Night - Water Bar, Wanaka
Come join us for the weekly ritual on a Tuesday night, where you and your crew will negotiate five rounds of amazing trivia with Gee Quiz. Your team's street cred, life smarts and common sense will go a long way to ...
Where: Water Bar, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 145 Ardmore Street, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 7:00pm on Tuesday 23rd May 2023
To: 9:00pm on Tuesday 31st October 2023
The Resurgent DJ’s are travelling South to ‘Lalaland Lounge Bar’ for a special Spring Edition Resurgence event. Resurgence always delivers deep melodic dance music, with a chunky vibe, that will ...
Where: Lalaland Wanaka, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: Level 1, 99 Ardmore Street, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 9:00pm on Friday 29th September 2023
To: 2:30am on Saturday 30th September 2023
Rugby World Cup : All Blacks vs Italy!
Come down to watch The Rugby World Cup at Hawea Hotel and enjoy... - All Blacks vs Italy live on our TV screens at 8am! - Delicious beer, non alcoholic and breakfast options! Book now... email ...
Where: Lake Hawea Hotel, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 1 Capel Ave, Hawea, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 8:00am on Saturday 30th September 2023
To: 10:00am on Saturday 30th September 2023
David Correos & Taylor Ruddle: The New Material Tour
What do David (Taskmaster NZ, Comedy Gala, Laughs Unleased) and Taylor like? They like springtime and comedy baby! We can’t think of a better way to make that happen that a massive wee stand-up comedy tour of the ...
Where: Rhyme and Reason Brewery, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 17 Gordon Road, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 7:00pm on Wednesday 4th October 2023
To: 9:00pm on Wednesday 4th October 2023
Develop A Powerful Spiritual Practice
You are invited to experience the transforming power of HU. HU is a sacred mantra – the Sound behind all sounds. An ancient name for God, HU is a carrier of love between God and Soul. Singing HU can bring healing ...
Where: Wanaka Community Hub, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 40 McDougall Street, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 5:30pm on Thursday 2nd February 2023
To: 6:30pm on Thursday 1st February 2024
Body Language Basics
In collaboration with Toastmasters Wanaka Learn the Elemental Components of Body Language in This Fun Interactive Class on a Saturday Morning at the St John Rooms Wanaka. The Class Will Cover: What a Baseline Is ...
Where: St John's Rooms, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 4 Link Way, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 9:00am on Saturday 7th October 2023
To: 11:00am on Saturday 7th October 2023
Wild Hearts Wedding Fair & Runway
Sunday 15th October 2023 1-6pm - The Venue, Wanaka The most talked about wedding event in New Zealand, Wild Hearts are breaking down the walls between weddings and fashion to bring New Zealand a wedding event like no ...
Where: The Venue, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: cnr Cardrona Valley & Orchard Rds, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 1:00pm on Sunday 15th October 2023
To: 6:00pm on Sunday 15th October 2023
Wanaka Arts Labour Weekend Exhibition - Opening Night: POSTPONED
The 44th annual Wanaka Arts Labour Weekend Exhibition & Sale opens Thursday, 19th October 2023 with another festive evening devoted to the arts. Enjoy live music from jazz singer Carla Blue, as well as drinks and ...
Where: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 5:00pm on Thursday 19th October 2023
To: 8:00pm on Thursday 19th October 2023
2023-24 Lucas Oil Hydro Thunder NZ Series
Two-day event of Powerboat racing featuring Grand Prix Hydroplanes reaching speeds of 270km with a spectacular 300 ft rooster tail they do 4 laps of a 2 km course in less than 2.5 mins. Also featured at the event are ...
Where: Glendhu Bay Lakeside Holiday Park, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: Wanaka Mt Aspiring Rd, Glendu Bay, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 9:00am on Saturday 4th November 2023
To: 4:00pm on Sunday 5th November 2023