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Wonderful Wanaka

Originally settled during the gold rush, this South Island New Zealand town is full of golden things to do. Tourism in Wanaka began nearly 150 years ago, so they’re pretty good at it by now. Climb Mount Iron to get an idea of your surroundings and take in the views. Wanaka sits on the shore of Lake Wanaka and is a true tourist’s wonderland.

In summer, enjoy white water rafting on the Clutha River. In winter, go skiing at Treble Cone. And at any time of year, make like a crazy, thrill-seeking Kiwi (the human variety, as opposed to the flightless bird not noted for its risk-taking) and try bungy jumping or jet boating. For the less adventurous, there are plenty of nearby wineries – just don’t make any daredevil promises after having a few too many, or mispronounce Wanaka’s name…

Wanaka's Top 10

10. Cinema Paradiso This vintage cinema has kept its old-school charm, with warm cookies during intermission.

5. Basecamp Wanaka Climbing Centre With outdoor climbing walls, you can pretend you are scaling the real thing.

9. Rippon Vineyard and Winery If there is one thing the Kiwis do well it is wine – give the Sauvignon Blanc a go.

4. Warbirds Museum What guy doesn’t like fighter aircraft? This museum has an impressive and very macho display of old planes to keep him occupied…

8. Transport and Toy Museum Travel back in time as you remember all the old toys from your childhood.

3. Scenic Flight Get up there with the birds and view some world-famous glaciers up close.

7. Skiing or Hiking Winter or summer, get yourself onto the mountains.

2. Mount Aspiring National Park Go get lost in nature – many people stay in the park for days (intentionally, we should add!).

6. Wanaka Beerworks They have a tasting room. Do we really need to say anything else?

1. Stuart Landsborough’s Puzzling World Lose yourself in the maze and your mind in the optical illusions.

Wanaka Events

In January, the Challenge Wanaka triathlon will have you running, riding and swimming amongst some of New Zealand’s finest scenery.

The Rippon Festival in February is a huge outdoor music festival with a picturesque view. Now all you have to do is become a rock star – as the view looks even cooler from the stage!

Held every second year over Easter is the Warbirds Over Wanaka Air Show.Pretend you are in England during WWII as the old planes fly overhead.

Taking place every second year in April, the Festival of Colour is a celebration of the arts and a very entertaining time of year to be in Wanaka.

In October, the town comes alive for Wanakafest, which involves food, wine, beer and even a wheelie bin race. That’s right… a wheelie bin race!

When To Go

Wanaka experiences four distinct seasons, meaning you can enjoy different activities at different times of the year.

It doesn’t rain all that much, but the wettest time of year is from September to December.

In summer, the mercury can top 35ºC (95ºF), but in winter the surrounding mountains are covered in snow.

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Getting Around

With the fresh country air blowing off the lake and down from the mountains, Wanaka is crying out for you to walk.

You could also rent a mountain bike and ride the trails surrounding the town.

Alternatively, grab a gold coin and wait at a WanaRide Share location to get a lift in a car – an interesting environmental initiative in Wanaka.

General Information

The Central Otago four seasons resort of Wanaka has fast become one of the most popular holiday targets on the South Island of New Zealand. The former 19th century gold rush town has seen phenomenal growth over the past decade, not just as a gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park, the Central Otago Wine Region and Lakes District but also as a premier destination in of itself.

With innovative restaurants, vibrant nightlife and a full calendar of festivals, Wanaka is sublime. Outdoor recreation and adventure tourism put the resort town over the top however, with a slew of options to suit every taste. Lake Wanaka draws water sports enthusiasts every summer, with nearby Mount Aspiring National Park a boon for hikers and mountain bikers. The slopes of Snow Farm, Snow Park, Treble Cone and Cardrona Alpine Resort make Wanaka a premier winter getaway as well. No matter what the season, Wanaka is a dynamic destination.

Attractions and activities

Attractions

  • Mount Aspiring National Park
  • Puzzling World
  • Roys Peak
  • Lake Wanaka
  • Wanaka Beer Works
  • Activities

  • Wanaka Autumn Arts Festival
  • Ski Resorts
  • Winery Tours
  • Wanakafest
  • Warbirds over Wanaka
  • Restaurant and Nightlife

    Restaurants
  • Speights Ale House
  • The Cow
  • The Spice Room
  • Uncle Mike's BBQ
  • Missy's Kitchen Bar and Restaurant
  • Nightlife
  • Shooters Bar
  • The Tap
  • Wanaka Bullock Bar
  • Uno Bar
  • Barluga
  • Climate

    Wanaka has a continental climate, with four distinct seasons.

    • Summer (November to February) 7-23°C
    • Fall (March to May) 2-19°C
    • Winter (June to August) 0-10°C
    • Spring (September to October) 3-16°C


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    Hotels in Wanaka

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    1 Base Wanaka

    3 stars
    3.7 / 5 3 reviews

    73 Brownston Street Map

    Guests can plan their stay at Base Backpackers Wanaka Hostel, which is known for its quality amenities, friendly staff and well connected location. Area attractions of the city are National... More

    The most unfriendly people
    My Worst experience in south Island for years. Do not go there
    28 Jan 2015
    From US$112

    2 Edgewater

    4 stars
    4.2 / 5 5 reviews

    Sargood Drive Map

    Set on the edge of the calm waters of the lake, Edgewater offers a tranquil holiday haven for discerning travellers in this part of New Zealand. During autumn in Wanaka, tourists admire the palate... More

    Comfy, cosy and clean with pretty views from the room
    The room was quiet, comfy, cosy and clean and had pretty views. It was a few minutes drive from the centre of town. Polite, helpful staff.
    11 Oct 2014
    From US$105

    3 Oakridge Resort Wanaka

    4 stars
    4.4 / 5 9 reviews

    Cnr Cardrona Valley Road & Studholme Roads Map

    Oakridge Resort Wanaka welcomes travellers to well-equipped accommodations while in a vibrant getaway in this part of New Zealand. Visitors at this Wanaka resort can experience water activities at... More

    Ski weekend
    Nice, modern and clean standard room. Without a car the location might be a bit inconvenient. Great facilities. Disappointing that wifi is an additional cost - these days it's almost another...
    7 Aug 2015
    From US$165

    4 Wanaka Springs Lodge

    4 stars
    5.0 / 5

    21 Warren Street Map

    The Wanaka Springs Boutique Lodge is a place of comfort and beauty, offering luxury bed and breakfast accommodation in tranquil natural surroundings and everything you will need for ease,... More

    Awesome one night stay
    So glad my husband and I stayed at this hotel. The owners/hosts were fantastic. It was like we were relatives coming to stay in their home. They provided us with drinks around the fireplace where...
    25 Aug 2015
    From US$51

    5 Aspiring Holiday Park & Motels

    3 stars
    4.1 / 5 7 reviews

    263 Studholme Road North Map

    Aspiring Holiday Park & Motels provides comfortable family accommodation with extensive facilities and makes the guests to enjoy all the privileges, for an unforgettable stay. GeneralGuests can... More

    A must stop in South Island
    Unit we were in was self contained. 2 bedrooms, kitchen , fridge, bathroom/ toilet. Lots of flies came into the unit which was terrible. No screens so insects were in the unit being pesky. Was a...
    17 Jan 2015
    From US$90

    6 Wyndham Wanaka

    4 stars
    4.8 / 5 16 reviews

    109 Mt Aspiring Road Map

    If you want to enjoy the beauty of natural stone, the setting sun glowing on the surrounding mountains and the spectacular beauty of a crystal clear night sky, then visit the Wyndham Wanaka. ... More

    great for the price
    The hotel was perfect for a base in Wanaka to get to treble cone and cardrona for skiing. The room has good facilities and for the price i don't think you'd get much better
    25 Jul 2015
    From US$246

    7 Minaret Lodge

    5 stars
    5.0 / 5 1 reviews

    34 Eely Point Road Map

    Set in landscaped grounds with a backdrop of spectacular mountain scenery, the Minaret Lodge is a sanctuary providing luxury accommodation in Wanaka. GeneralAt leisure, you can enjoy a game of... More

    8 BEST WESTERN Belvedere Luxury Apartments

    4 stars
    3.5 / 5 2 reviews

    25 Warren Street Map

    Placed in a picturesque setting and offering luxurious accommodation, BEST WESTERN Belvedere Luxury Apartments is a perfect place to relax in serenity. GeneralBEST WESTERN Belvedere Luxury... More

    From US$126

    9 Mercure Oakridge Wanaka

    4 stars
    4.6 / 5 59 reviews

    Corner Cardrona Valley and Map

    Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka is an ideal base for an adventure-filled vacation. Nature lovers explore Mt Aspiring National Park, Glendhu Bay and Eely Point Reserve, while collectors... More

    Couple overnight
    Great hotel, in need of some basic maintenance though, peeling paint of balcony, light bulb change outside. Needed plunger coffee in rooms. Pools were lovely and upgrade very much...
    13 Jul 2015
    From US$125

    10 Alpine Resort Wanaka

    4 stars
    4.0 / 5 1 reviews

    144 - 154 Anderson Road Map

    Alpine Resort Wanaka is situated within 2 kilometres from the Wanaka Town Centre. It is also 10 kilometres from the Wanaka Airport. Some of the area attractions include Wanaka Transport and Toy... More

    suitable for family to stay
    very new hotel with good service and also not far from the CBD of Wanaka.
    15 Apr 2015
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