Gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park and close to several top ski areas, Wanaka is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise. The laid back township is a relaxing alternative to the bustle of nearby Queenstown, with a plethora of lake, mountain and urban activities attracting visitors throughout the year.

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Every type of accommodation is on offer in Wanaka, from hotels to lakeside B&Bs, funky backpacker hostels to affordable family motels.

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Browse through the diverse range of activities on offer in this stunning area. There are many to choose from, find your favourite!   

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About Lake Wanaka

Lake Wanaka is a year-round destinaiton set against the beautiful backdrop of Mt Aspiring National Park, and surrounded by stunning lakes and mountains. In winter Wanaka is a skiiers dream, with several top ski areas close by, and in summer Wanaka is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise, with numerous outdoor activities to take part in.

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How do you get to Wanaka?

  • Travel by Plane
    • Wanaka Airport is serviced with regular domestic flights from Christchurch. The airport is located 10 minutes out of town. Dunedin International Airport, three hours away by car, also welcomes flights from NZ and Australian destinations.
  • Travel by Train
    • There is no train service to Wanaka.
  • Travel by Bus
    • Most major public bus, tour bus and shuttle networks offer a service to the area. Most bus routes to Queenstown will drop passengers at Wanaka on request. During winter, several companies offer transport up the mountains for skiers and snowboarders.
  • Rent a Vehicle
    • There are few rental options in Wanaka. Dunedin and Queenstown offer the widest vehicle rental selection in the area