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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

Did you know:

#thatwanakatree is NZ's most photographed tree!

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Wanaka Arts -  Art Exhibition and Sale -  Opening Night
Wanaka Arts - Art Exhibition and Sale - Opening Night

When: Oct 24, 05:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

The Future of Farming
The Future of Farming

When: Nov 1, 06:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

ONE VOICE - Stories of Impact from Local Change Makers
ONE VOICE - Stories of Impact from Local Change Makers

When: Oct 29, 06:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Entrepreneur Coffee Jam - The Startup Journey
Entrepreneur Coffee Jam - The Startup Journey

When: Oct 24, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: 72 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Urban Grind Cafe & Bar, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

TIA Tourism Workshop - Wanaka
TIA Tourism Workshop - Wanaka

When: Oct 29, 09:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Dance Out Loud Showcase 2019- Wanna B
Dance Out Loud Showcase 2019- Wanna B

When: Nov 9 to Nov 10, 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Freedom From Anxiety
Freedom From Anxiety

When: Oct 23 to Nov 27, 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Reducing our Household Rubbish - The Zero Waste Approach
Reducing our Household Rubbish - The Zero Waste Approach

When: Oct 31, 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Unwrapping Zero Waste for Business
Unwrapping Zero Waste for Business

When: Oct 31, 09:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Building Better - Wanaka
Building Better - Wanaka

When: Oct 30, 05:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Where: 246 Mt Aspiring Road, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: The Rippon Hall, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

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