Wanaka

A Natural Playground

Wanaka Township is situated at the southern end of Lake Wanaka and surrounded by magnificent mountain scenery.

If you enjoy getting away without having to get away from it all, Wanaka is the ideal natural playground.

The town is the gateway to the grandeur of the Mt Aspiring National Park and a hub for all outdoors activities with unique opportunities for hiking and climbing, mountain biking, skiing and snowboarding. For a more gentle outdoor exercise, learn the art of fly fishing amongst this awe inspiring landscape.

But don't be fooled by the town's relaxed laid back character. This place has something for everyone, from art galleries and art house cinemas to a range of shops and superb eateries. 

Get up close to classic cars and aircraft at Warbirds and Wheels, take a jaw dropping scenic flight, visit a lavender farm, and get lost in a maze at Puzzling World.

The town is buzzing with bars for a cocktail or craft beer or take a short stroll along the lake front to the Rippon Winery for a glass of their premium wine. Sit back at any one of these spots and watch the evening light play over the lake.

Consider timing your visit to coincide with one of Wanaka's fantastic festivals such as the New Zealand Mountain Film Festival, the Winter Games or the popular annual music festival at Rippon Vineyard. Warbirds over Wanaka is one of the best known events - a huge international air show featuring historic fighter aircraft fills the town every Easter weekend.

Visit Lake Wanaka Tourism for more information on Wanaka and any help you may need with accommodation.

Wanaka is renown for its clean waters and fresh mountain air. It is a lot quieter than Queenstown, yet still offers amazing scenery and so much to explore. Dunedin Railways connects on a regular basis to Wanaka. Find out more about our Dunedin to Wanaka rail trips.