Walks & Parks
Discover the region's walks, parks, beaches, lakes or rivers.
Welcome to Wanaka
Wanaka is a perfect family destination and this year-round resort is situated on Lake Wanaka (NZ's fourth largest lake) with Mount Aspiring National Park on its doorstep and just one hour's drive from Queenstown. Activities include family-friendly walking and bike tracks, horseriding, climbing, Wanaka pool and recreation centre, Transport and Toy Museum, Warbirds and Wheels and the famous Puzzling World. Plus don't miss the brand new Hook 'lake to plate' fishing and dining experience.
Add the local ski areas – Cardrona Alpine Resort, Treble Cone and Snow Farm and you have a winter family paradise as well as a family summer resort!
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.
Family biking: Wanaka has some of the best family bike tracks in New Zealand, ranging from a 20 minute lakeside explore to a half or full day adventure!
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!