What to do in and around Wanaka
Situated at the southern end of Lake Wanaka and surrounded by mountains, Wanaka is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise.
It’s the gateway to the Mount Aspiring National Park, which has a network of huts and tracks suitable for a few hours walk to serious mountaineering routes.
One of the best one day walks in the South Island is the Rob Roy Glacier track, a 3-4 hour return walk through native beech forest to the alpine zone beneath an active glacier.
If you would like to take advantage of the superb fly fishing in the area, then Southern Rivers Fly Fishing Guides can show you the best spots.
Mou Waho Island, one of the islands within Lake Wanaka, is a native bird and tree sanctuary. Take a tour with www.ecowanaka.co, and you can even plant a native tree with their Eco Lake Cruise/Walk Tour of this magical island with its’ ‘Lake on top of an Island’!
Or, ride a jetboat down the beautiful Matukituki Valley, deep into the Mt Aspiring National Park and take a guided nature walk with www.wanakariverjourneys.co.nz
Central Otago is a famous wine area, renowned particularly for Pinot Noir, and several local companies offer interesting and tasty wine tours.
Wanaka’s dry, sunny climate makes it an ideal place for rock climbing, either independently or with local company Wanaka Rock, and mountain bikers are more than catered for with a challenging network of purpose-built trails cut into the local forest.
During the Winter months (July-Sept) Wanaka becomes a busy ski town with 3 ski areas all within 45 mins drive of the town centre. Wanaka is the bustling hub for snow enthusiasts with many restaurants, shops, pubs and cafes catering for après ski.
We have three self-contained options available during the winter months which are ideal for families and groups. All prices are fully inclusive of linen, towels, cleaning and WiFi.
We can make bookings for you for any of the activities above and many more. Get in touch with your requirements prior to your visit and we will make arrangements for you.
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