Located in the stunning alps of the South Island, visitors from around the world are drawn to the Wanaka region by its outstanding beauty.
The town’s mountain and lakeside setting and proximity to Mt Aspiring National Park makes it the ultimate base for outdoor activities.
Things to do in Wanaka
Mount Aspiring National Park – From soaring mountains and glaciers to tranquil river flats, exploring the wilderness of this World Heritage Area is easy from Wanaka. With scenic flights, glacier landings, jet-boat and 4WD tours all available, you don’t need to be a mountaineer to appreciate this incredible landscape.
Lake and river fun – Crystal clear lakes and rivers are at the heart of Wanaka’s outdoor lifestyle. Enjoy a relaxing boat cruise to visit Lake Wanaka’s islands, experience the thrill of jet-boating, hire a kayak, or try your hand at fishing.
Skiing and snowboarding – Three world-class ski areas – Cardrona, Treble Cone and Snow Farm – are all located within a 40-minute drive from the town centre, as well as access to cat skiing at Soho Basin and the largest heli-ski terrain in the Southern Hemisphere.
Hiking and biking – Whether it's cruising to a world-class winery, or tackling something steeper, there is a track for every fitness level. Guided bike tours can be booked for every ability, from easy lake-front rides to heli-biking.