Tours and Activities Information
Wanaka is located on the southern shores of Lake Wanaka, in west Otago. Embraced by the Southern Alps, Wanaka is Otago's second resort town after Queenstown.
The crystal-clear waters of Lake Wanaka reflect the snow-capped peaks of Mount Aspiring National Park. Here you can absorb the breathtaking beauty of our pristine wilderness, and know that it will be easy to find a great restaurant for dinner. You don't have to be a mountaineer to enjoy the delights of the park. You can even go deer hunting by helicopter or just enjoy the aerial ride!
The township of Wanaka is a magnet for visitors who want to find the perfect combination of outdoor adventure and indoor luxury. There are great shops and eateries--and all the time there's the call of the wild. The lake, mountains and around-the-year events calendar will keep you looking forward to tomorrow.
Every year Wanaka hosts a number of world-class festivals and events, including the biggest three-day air show in the Southern Hemisphere, Warbirds Over Wanaka. At the International World Heli-Challenge, the world's best snowboarders and skiers tackle the demanding back country alpine slopes for the supreme title.
Wine is always on the menu--there's a selection of award-winning vineyards within easy traveling distance of Wanaka township. If your taste buds run to beer, then Wanaka can satisfy even the most discerning with something to sip from the Wanaka Beerworks, an international award winning brewery. An elevated golf course overlooks Lake Wanaka, with its clear blue water and surrounding alpine vista providing plenty of excuses for a poor round.
The seasons are the hallmark of Wanaka. Spring (October - December) brings an abundance of blossom. Summer brings cloudless, hot, sunny days (January - March). Autumn brings splendid colours of gold and red (April - June), Winter brings crisp days, and snow lovers can enjoy huge freedom the mountain slopes (July - September).
In the heart of the Southern Lakes you'll find the ingredients to revitalize yourself.
Explore Mount Aspiring National Park
Mount Aspiring National Park, just a short drive from Wanaka, has some of New Zealand's most scenic walks. From Wanaka, the drive up the Matukituki Valley towards the park offers tantalizing glimpses of the high peaks and glaciers. Treble Cone Ski Area is passed on the left.
The pinnacle of the park is Mount Aspiring and Tititea, rising elegantly from its flanking glaciers to 3027 metres - a peak much loved by climbers and photographers. You don't have to be a mountaineer to enjoy the delights of the Park . Follow a myriad of walking tracks , or you can fly overhead and marvel at the vista.
New Zealand's Gold Rush in the Cardrona Valley
The Cardrona Valley gained its fame in Otago's gold rush, now long gone! The Cardrona Highway links Wanaka to Queenstown which has the bright lights and parties all night. On the valley's western side lies Cardrona Ski Area, a world-class resort. On the eastern side lies the Waiorau Snow Farm, New Zealand's only Nordic ski area.
Wanaka, New Zealand offers a wide selection of quality tours for the perfect travel holiday or vacation while in New Zealand. The choice is extensive so just enquire at our Tour Desk to receive the best advice and details. The list below illustrates the huge range of tour and activity options.
Climb the Flanks of Mount Iron
Mount Iron (because it resembles an iron) is a local landmark. It rises abruptly from the gentle slopes that lead away from Lake Wanaka. A remnant of past glaciers, Mount Iron now offers a spectacular vantage point from which to view the surrounding valleys, peaks, rivers and lakes. Hike or ride a horse - it's all here.
More Spectacular Views from Mount Roy
Mount Roy is just a few minutes' drive from Wanaka, yet rises to over a thousand meters. From the top,
there are sweeping views across the inlets and islands of Lake Wanaka and up to the shimmering peak of Mount Aspiring and Tititea.