Wanaka, South Island

including Lake Hawea

Wanaka family holiday

Wanaka family holiday

Wanaka family holiday

Walks and Parks

Walks & Parks

Get Outdoors!

Discover the region's walks, parks, beaches, lakes or rivers.

Welcome to Wanaka


Wanaka is a perfect year-round family destination situated on the shore of Lake Wanaka (New Zealand's fourth largest lake) with the magnificent mountains and glaciers of Mount Aspiring National Park on its doorstep.  Absorb the breathtaking views with a road tour and stop for a scenic walk.  Other activities include jet boating, horseriding, the famous Puzzling World, the unique Transport and Toy museum and of course, skiing and snowboarding.  Wanaka has three great ski areas - Treble Cone, Cardrona and the Snow Farm from as little as 30 minutes drive away.  There are also lots of shops to browse, great cafes and one of the region’s most interesting cinemas!
The town offers a range of accommodation from holiday parks to luxury apartments and it’s hard to avoid getting a great view wherever you stay.

Lake Hawea

Just 10 minutes drive from Wanaka, the stunning lakefront township of Lake Hawea is a fantastic destination in its own right. You can give the kids that real, laid-back kiwi holiday experience with the focus on outdoor play, swimming, fishing, water sports, family bike tracks and summer evening barbeques, all seconds away from your accommodation.  Meanwhile the excitement and activities of Wanaka are just 10 minutes drive away, and Queenstown is just over an hour – perfect for a day trip!

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