Wanaka, New Zealand
Lake Wanaka is the picture and the mountains are the frame. Move easily from one to the other while you pursue outdoor adventures of every kind in Wanaka.
Wanaka is located on the southern shores of Lake Wanaka, in west Otago, north of Queenstown.
Hemmed in by the Southern Alps, Wanaka is Otago's second resort after Queenstown. The crystal-clear waters of New Zealand's fourth-largest lake reflect the snow-capped peaks of the Mt Aspiring National Park World Heritage Area, whose dominant feature is Mt Aspiring, towering above a magnificent glacier-sculpted wilderness.
Main Attractions and Activities
The highlight of the attractions at Wanaka is the New Zealand Fighter Pilots Museum at Skyshow Centre, with the largest collection of airworthy World War Two fighters in the Southern Hemisphere. These 'old warbirds' take to the skies every other Easter, attracting admirers from far and wide. Mt Aspiring National Park is renowned for fishing, climbing and hiking, including possibly the best collection of half-day walks in the country.
In the nearby mountains are internationally rated skifields Cardrona, Treble Cone, the Waiorau Nordic Ski Area, and Harris Mountains Heliskiing—one of the largest operations of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
- Trout fishing
- Vineyard visit
- Mountain biking
- Skyshow Centre