Sample an artisan pinot noir while you absorb the alpine scenery in Wanaka.
Lake Wanaka
Wine tasting , Lake Wanaka

By Julian Apse

Summer in Wanaka is just as amazing as winter in Wanaka.
Lake Wanaka
Taking a dip, Lake Wanaka

By Tim Pierce

Family beach fun by the lakeside.
Lake Wanaka
Family fun, Lake Wanaka

By Lake Wanaka Tourism

Treble Cone is the largest ski area in the South Island.
Lake Wanaka
Treble Cone, Lake Wanaka

By Martyn Williams

In autumn, Rippon vineyard turns every shade of yellow, gold and red.
Lake Wanaka
Rippon Vineyard, Lake Wanaka

By David Wall

View of Lake Wanaka
Lake Wanaka
View of Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

By Lake Wanaka Tourism

Lake Wanaka

45 kilometres long and covering 193 square kilometres, the crystal clear waters of Lake Wanaka are perfect for jet boaters, sailors and kayakers to explore.

Nestled below towering mountains, Wanaka is the most tranquilly set of the South Island lakes.

In winter, skiers flock here from all over the world for superb skiing and snowboarding at Cardrona and Treble Cone, cross-country skiing at Snow Farm and heli-skiing high in the Harris Mountains. But Wanaka, New Zealand, is much more than a winter destination. Year round activities include fishing, hiking, canyoning, climbing and skydiving. Visit the nearby towns of Queenstown, Cromwell and Alexandra, go shopping, or simply sit in a café and watch the world pass by.

One of the attractions of a stay in Lake Wanaka is that it combines the warmth of small town living with the quality and attention to detail you’d expect of an international holiday destination. Accommodation ranges from luxury lodges and boutique B&Bs to backpacker lodges and family holiday parks. It’s an easy walk to shops and restaurants from most accommodation and taxis cars and bikes are readily available. And if you want to head out of town, transport providers offer daily services to most popular destinations.

Content courtesy of Tourism NZ

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