Wanaka lies in an area of outstanding natural beauty with the Southern Alps mountain range as its backdrop and is one of New Zealand's premier tourist destinations.Wanaka is located in the South Island region of the Southern Lakes and Central Otago, which offers visitors the best in adventure, food & wine and outdoor activities.
Just 50 minutes from Queenstown, five hours from Christchurch and three hours from Dunedin, Wanaka is an outdoors and nature lover's paradise. With a small permanent population of only 5,000 there is plenty of room for everyone.
- hiking by the lake or in the mountains on over 750 kms of tracks including the Rob Roy Glacier walk in the Mt. Aspiring National Park (World Heritage area)
- visiting a vineyard for winetasting and lunch
- Flying to Milford Sound for a cruise or taking a scenic flight around Mt Aspiring
- Jet boating on the Clutha or Matukituki rivers
- Taking a cruise on Lake Wanaka to Mou Wahou island with its own small lake
- Fishing for trout on the lake or nearby rivers
- Playing golf, cycling
- Visiting Puzzling World or the Transport and Toy Museum
Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of the world and offers a huge variety of adventure activities, from world’s first activities such as bungy jumping, black water rafting, shotover jetting, ball down hill, to a wide range of other heart-pumping activities.
Central Otago and the Southern Lakes are home to numerous outdoor activities such as hiking, riding, fishing, climbing and walking. The region is also the doorway to world-renowned areas such as Milford Sound, Fiordland, Franz Joseph Glacier and the West Coast.
Dining & Wine Region
Some of New Zealand’s best restaurants are located in Central Otago and the region’s famously fresh local ingredients, such as stone fruit, venison, lamb, cheese, rabbit and salmon appear prominently on menus. Fine dining options through to casual cafes and eateries are available.
New Zealand Pinot Noir wine has a world-class reputation, and Central Otago is a key wine producing region of this vintage. Both large scale and boutique vineyards are open for visitors, many featuring restaurants, and most offering national and international shipping arrangements. Pinot Noir from Central Otago has a world class reputation and other varieties including pinot gris, rieling and chardonnay are also outstanding.