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Wanaka - Laid-back alpine town in the midst of it all

The cool younger sister to nearby Queenstown, Wanaka has a smaller, more local feel with much of the same appeal. This alpine village has a welcoming vibe and an easily walkable centre - great for a lakefront stroll to find your next meal.

Not quite as busy as Queenstown, you'll still find a buzz in the air whether it's mid-summer or ski season. Ski New Zealand’s top ski fields of Treble Cone, Cardrona, Snow Farm or try some heavenly heli-skiing around Wanaka.

Explore nearby Mount Aspiring National Park, famous for its glaciers, tramping and climbing. The lake provides both scenic splendour and an opportunity for paddle boarding, kayaking, or a dip.

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relaxed vibes and pristine location

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#thatwanakatree is NZ's most photographed tree!

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Tutus on Tour
Tutus on Tour

When: Mar 8, 06:30 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Air Chathams DC3 Scenic Flights
Air Chathams DC3 Scenic Flights

When: Apr 10 to Apr 12, 08:30 AM to 06:00 PM
Where: Luggate, State Highway 6, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Warbirds Over Wanaka, Wanaka Airport, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Women's Adventure Film Tour 2020 - Wanaka
Women's Adventure Film Tour 2020 - Wanaka

When: Mar 8 to Mar 9, 06:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: 72 Brownston St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Contact Epic - NZ's Ultimate MTB Challenge
Contact Epic - NZ's Ultimate MTB Challenge

When: Apr 18, 07:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Where: 1 Capel Ave, Hawea, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Hawea Hotel, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Pecha Kucha Night
Pecha Kucha Night

When: Feb 29, 07:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: McDougall St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Upper Clutha Rugby Club, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Wanaka A&P Show
Wanaka A&P Show

When: Mar 13 to Mar 14, 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: Ardmore Street, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Wanaka Showgrounds, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Brendan Dooley
Brendan Dooley

When: Mar 5, 04:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 28 Myra St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Hawea Community Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Ice Skate Tour
Ice Skate Tour

When: Mar 10 to Mar 15, 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where: 7 Ironside Drive, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Wanaka Primary School, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Cellists of Otago featuring Rebecca Ryan
Cellists of Otago featuring Rebecca Ryan

When: Mar 29, 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Wanaka Autumn Masterclass Workshop - 4 Days
Wanaka Autumn Masterclass Workshop - 4 Days

When: Apr 23 to Apr 26, 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: 144/154 Anderson Rd, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Distinction Wanaka Alpine Resort, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

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