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.
Our accommodation has stunning alpine views to Lake Wanaka and the mountains, each with their own balcony or patio. We have 2 studio motel units and 8 family motel units each with kitchen facilities, en-suite bathrooms, telephone and wireless internet access. Each motel has flatscreen SKY TV and wall heating.
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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Ryan McGhee at Rhyme & Reason Brewery
After fleeing Scotland, Ryan McGhee plonked his fabulous gay ass in Sydney. This would be his new home. Anything was possible! Within a few years Ryan was blessed with an amazing marriage. The divorce came a few ...
Where: Rhyme and Reason Brewery, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 17 Gordon Road, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 7:00pm on Saturday 19th November 2022
To: 11:59pm on Saturday 19th November 2022
The Wanaka Concert Society proudly presents vocal ensemble Tokowhā in partnership with Chamber Music New Zealand. Featuring beloved arias and musical theatre favourites, the voice quartet’s uplifting programme also ...
Where: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 7:30pm on Sunday 20th November 2022
To: 9:30pm on Sunday 20th November 2022
Ground Up Brewing Quiz Night
Join us for our quiz night every Tuesday at Ground Up Brewing. Registration from 6:30pm with the quiz starting at 7pm. Enjoy a beer from one of our 22 taps while testing your general knowledge. Bring your team ...
Where: Ground Up Brewing, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 4 Gordon Rd, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 7:00pm on Tuesday 8th November 2022
To: 9:00pm on Tuesday 6th December 2022
A Celtic Christmas
“Jingle Jigs, Reels a Treat.” Ken Longworth – The Newcastle Herald After breaking touring records in 2019 and following a further sell-out tour of Australia in 2021 with A Taste of Ireland, the all-singing, ...
Where: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 7:30pm on Tuesday 29th November 2022
To: 11:59pm on Tuesday 29th November 2022
Cocktail Class & Cheese Platters
Come and learn the art of Mixology. We will walk you through the different concepts of cocktails such as shake, strain & stir. During the class each individual will make their own four cocktails, as we work through ...
Where: Wanaka Hotel, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 71 Ardmore Street, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 6:00pm on Friday 2nd December 2022
To: 8:00pm on Friday 2nd December 2022
Mel Parsons - Wanaka
* New shows added due to popular demand * One of Aotearoa’s favourite touring acts, award-winning indie-folk artist Mel Parsons is touring to Aotearoa celebrating the release of her critically acclaimed new album ...
Where: Luggate Hall, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 54 Main Rd, SH6 Luggate, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 8:00pm on Saturday 10th December 2022
To: 11:59pm on Saturday 10th December 2022
Rhythm & Alps 2022
Rhythm and Alps runs over three nights from 29th Dec – 1st Jan. Situated in the stunning Cardrona Valley, in the mighty Southern Alps of New Zealand, the festival is just a 40-minute drive from Queenstown and 15 ...
Where: Robrosa Station, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: Cardrona Valley, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 12:00pm on Thursday 29th December 2022
To: 12:00am on Sunday 1st January 2023
Jody Direen New Years Eve Show, Wanaka
Join acclaimed country-pop artist Jody Direen and ring in the new year with a full-band show at Luggate Hotel, Wanaka with special guest Arun O'Connor. Award-winning country-pop artist, Jody Direen, is set to ...
Where: Luggate Hotel, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 60 Main Rd, Luggate, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 7:30pm on Saturday 31st December 2022
To: 12:30am on Sunday 1st January 2023
Wanaka Rodeo 60th Anniversary 2023
The Wanaka Rodeo Club is proud to promote the sport of rodeo in New Zealand and is very appreciative of the support it receives from the community of Wanaka and surrounds. Come and Celebrate 60 years of the Wanaka Rodeo ...
Where: Wanaka Rodeo Grounds, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: Lake Hawea Alberttown Road, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 11:00am on Monday 2nd January 2023
To: 6:00pm on Monday 2nd January 2023
Land-Rover 75th Birthday Celebration - Wanaka - Easter - 202
In 2021 we had a gathering of over 150 Land-Rovers at 'Wheels at Wanaka' to celebrate the visit of Oxford - a 1955 Series 1 Land-Rover. Oxford was the first vehicle to drive Overland from London to Singapore and ...
Where: Wheels at Wanaka, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: Sir Tim Wallis Drive, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 2:00pm on Tuesday 4th April 2023
To: 4:00pm on Sunday 9th April 2023