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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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Ziggy Alberts
Ziggy Alberts

When: Jan 2, 07:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 1 Capel Ave, Hawea, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Hawea Hotel, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Tuki Festival 2020
Tuki Festival 2020

When: Feb 8, 01:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Where: 1050 Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Road, Glendhu Bay, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Glendhu Station, 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

Wanaka Bohemian Ball
Wanaka Bohemian Ball

When: Jan 18 to Jan 19, 07:00 PM to 02:00 AM
Where: Level 1, 155 Ardmore Street, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Bar Number 8, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Beethoven Violin and Piano Sonatas - Wanaka
Beethoven Violin and Piano Sonatas - Wanaka

When: Feb 15, 07:30 PM to 09:30 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Decorate your own Christmas cake
Decorate your own Christmas cake

When: Dec 16 to Dec 17, 05:30 PM to 08:30 PM
Where: 12/12 Frederick street, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Cakes of Wanaka, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

New Year's Eve Party
New Year's Eve Party

When: Dec 31 to Jan 1, 09:00 PM to 02:30 AM
Where: Level 1, 155 Ardmore Street, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Bar Number 8, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

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

Tattletale Saints Album Release Tour
Tattletale Saints Album Release Tour

When: Feb 5, 08:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: Level 1, 155 Ardmore Street, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Bar Number 8, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Jody Direen, Arun O'Connor and Kaylee Bell
Jody Direen, Arun O'Connor and Kaylee Bell

When: Jan 1, 07:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Level 1, 155 Ardmore Street, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Bar Number 8, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

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