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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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Unlocking the taboos: Pelvic Floor and Exercise
Unlocking the taboos: Pelvic Floor and Exercise

When: Jun 26, 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: 5 Gordon Rd, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: The Fit Collective, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Wanaka To Broadway
Wanaka To Broadway

When: Jul 28, 07:00 PM to 08:45 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

The Hellfire Anthology - Book Launch
The Hellfire Anthology - Book Launch

When: Jun 28, 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM
Where: 53 Helwick Street, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Wilson & Dorset, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Myele Manzanza Trio - 'A Love Requited' Tour - Wanaka
Myele Manzanza Trio - 'A Love Requited' Tour - Wanaka

When: Jul 16, 07:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Level 1, 155 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Gin and Raspberry Boutique Bar, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

The Ruby Swim
The Ruby Swim

When: Jan 25, 07:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: Ruby Island, Lake Wanaka, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Ruby Island, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

A Doris Day Special
A Doris Day Special

When: Aug 17, 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Introspective Hypnosis Workshop
Introspective Hypnosis Workshop

When: Sep 23 to Sep 27, 09:00 AM to 04:30 PM
Where: Sargood Drive, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Edgewater Hotel, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Top Paddock Music Festival
Top Paddock Music Festival

When: Dec 31 to Jan 1, 04:00 PM to 02:00 AM
Where: 1 Capel Ave, Hawea, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Hawea Hotel, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Entrepreneur Coffee Jam featuring TSL Outdoor
Entrepreneur Coffee Jam featuring TSL Outdoor

When: Jun 28, 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: 72 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Urban Grind Cafe & Bar, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Experience HU: The Sound of Soul
Experience HU: The Sound of Soul

When: Sep 1 to Jan 6, 06:00 PM to 06:30 PM
Where: 51 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Plunket Rooms, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

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