The boutique township of Wanaka is nestled on the edge of Lake Wanaka, surrounded by the rugged Otago landscape and the spectacular Southern Alps. It is here that winter holidays take on a slightly more relaxed pace.
Wanaka is infused with small town charm and offers top skiing and riding at the local resorts of Cardrona and Treble Cone. Stroll the streets and be inspired by galleries, stylish shops and be spoilt for choice with a great selection of cool cafes and restaurants. By nightfall Wanaka comes alive and you don’t need to go far to find a roaring open fire, and outstanding bars that serve local wines, beers and award winning cocktails.
As the gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park, Wanaka is a magnet for outdoor lovers from all over the world, and it is no accident that some of the best winter snow sports athletes choose to make this their base. The region is home to world class skiing and riding, heli-skiing, ice-climbing, and Nordic skiing.
Looking for accommodation in Wanaka? Stunning views await from luxurious hide-away lodges, lakefront hotels and serviced apartments. The convenience of motels and backpackers – for the budget conscious – round out your choice of places to stay in Wanaka. Just remember that most New Zealand ski areas don’t have on-the-slope accommodation, so it pays off to research your options in advance.
Should you be seeking a change of pace from the slopes, then there is plenty of off-piste action in Wanaka. Relax and indulge on a winery tour, stretch your legs on one of the many walking tracks or bike trails, try canyoning, sky-diving or river surfing, or just enjoy the spectacular views on a scenic flight or boat trip.
An ideal family holiday destination, Wanaka also offers plenty of fun activities for children of all ages. Unique attractions, cosy cinemas and in-door activities provide entertainment no matter what the weather.
By air, bus or self-drive, getting to Wanaka is easy. A scenic 60 minute drive from Queenstown Airport is an international gateway into the Lake Wanaka Region. A number of transfer options are available, including self-drive, private transfers and shuttles and the regular bus services.
Christchurch and Dunedin Airports are within a 5 hour drive and are linked by bus services and car rentals.
It’s easy to travel around the Lake Wanaka region too. A number of companies provide transport to the Mt Aspiring National Park, the ski areas and various points of interest, including walks and cycling tracks.