Wanaka – gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park and Te Wahipounamu World Heritage area – has a magnificent setting of soaring mountains, alpine lakes and rivers.
On the southern shores of Lake Wanaka, the resort town of the same name offers outdoor adventures and indoor luxury aplenty. The laidback lakeside town has four distinct seasons – hot and dry in summer, cool in autumn, lush in spring and crisp in winter – and draws visitors all year round. Summer is perfect for jet boating, kayaking, climbing and rafting, while hiking, fishing and canyoning are popular in any season.
Autumn (fall) is a particularly beautiful time in Wanaka, when the hills take on a fiery hue, blending golds, oranges and reds – an event celebrated at the biennial Southern Lakes Festival of Colour. On alternate years, the spectacle takes to the skies with the international Warbirds over Wanaka air show.In winter, the slopes of Treble Cone and Cardrona entice skiers and snowboarders from around the world. Spring is the time to get out and explore the numerous tracks and trails.
Wanaka’s not just for outdoor enthusiasts. Stroll the streets and be inspired by cool galleries, stylish shops and a great selection of cafés and restaurants. It’s also a prime destination for luxury getaways. Its many prestige lodges and boutique B & Bs combine privacy and pampering, and perfectly complement options such as helicopter tours, vintage plane rides and back-country 4WD touring.