The crystal-clear waters of Lake Wanaka reflect the snow-capped peaks of Mount Aspiring National Park. Here you can absorb the unstoppable beauty of pristine wilderness, and know that it will be easy to find a great restaurant for dinner.
Although Wanaka is smaller than Queenstown it offers and abundance of outdoor adventures. In fact there is almost every adventure activity you can imagine in this breath taking area. So if you don't enjoy big crowds and busy streets but want to partake in outdoors then Wanaka could be for you.
Over the hill and not very far from Queenstown you will find the peace and tranquillity of the small town of Wanaka . With its crystal clear lake and dramatic mountain landscape. Wanaka has much to offer both the adventure seeker and the peace seeker.
Every year Wanaka hosts a number of world-class festivals and events, including the biggest three-day air show in the Southern Hemisphere, Warbirds Over Wanaka.
At the International World Heli-Challenge, the world's best snowboarders and skiers tackle the demanding backcountry alpine slopes for the supreme title.
Lake Wanaka is a Skiers / Snowboarders Paradise. Some of the best skiing and Boarding in New Zealand is to be had close to Wanaka, with some of the best snow conditions and terrain in the Country.
The seasons are particularly noticeable in Wanaka. Spring (October - December) brings an abundance of blossom. Summer brings cloudless, hot, sunny days (January - March). Autumn brings splendid colours of gold and red (April - June), Winter brings crisp days, and snow lovers can enjoy huge freedom the mountain slopes (July - September).
Whatever you decide don't be rushed to get around this area. Queenstown and Wanaka are destinations which deliver everything they promise.. And probably much more