Spotlight on Wanaka

Benefit from years of experience and contact a member of our team today! This post highlights a few activities for families and those perhaps more adventure-minded in beautiful Wanaka.


One of the things we have seen throughout the years, when people are weighing a trip to New Zealand, is that they will head to Queenstown and miss the small town of Wanaka. Located about an hour from Queenstown on the edge of Lake Wanaka this small hamlet is surrounded by the majestic Southern Alps. Mt. Aspiring National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage area) and the stunning landscape surrounding Wanaka offer plenty of activities and adventures. We think it’s a great place to see a different part of the country and spend a few nights on some great activities as well!

If you enjoy walking or hiking, there are many options available – lakeside walks, half-day hikes or multi-day excursions. How about getting in touch with nature on a high country walk? You can get off the beaten track, explore private backroads high in the mountains, and learn about predator control conservation projects.

Want to impress your friends and family with your photos of New Zealand? Take a sunrise photography tour and get that perfect shot of the spectacular scenery overlooking Lake Wanaka.

And what would New Zealand be without a bit of adventure? Although Wildwire can accommodate people of differing abilities, for those who are more adventurous we suggest conquering the waterfall cable climb or abseiling down the waterfall.

Lastly, a full day canyoning trip into Mt Aspiring National Park is both beautiful and exciting. Be prepared to climb, jump, slide, swim, and do a bit of abseiling as well.

After all those activities you are bound to need refreshments. Wanaka has some great restaurants, a few craft breweries and wineries. If you venture to Cardrona, famous for its historic hotel and ski fields, you will find a distillery and museum.

Not into adventure? Foodies will enjoy taking a half or full day immersive food adventure – not only will you sample local food, produce and local beverages but you will spend time foraging and the ingredients collected will be created into your lunch at a local venue, you will meet local foodies who will engage you with their stories.

No matter your interest or craving, Wanaka has it all. We’d invite you to consider a stop here on your trip and a team member is here to help with all arrangements to make your trip a special one!