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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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Wanaka Winter Comedy Gala
Wanaka Winter Comedy Gala

When: Jul 11 to Jul 12, 08:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Where: 73 Brownston St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Mint Bar, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Comedy Double Header: The Cool Mum/100% Happy
Comedy Double Header: The Cool Mum/100% Happy

When: Jul 13, 07:00 PM to 09:30 PM
Where: Sargood Drive, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Edgewater Hotel, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Remarkably Funny presents: Ben Hurley live in Wānaka
Remarkably Funny presents: Ben Hurley live in Wānaka

When: Aug 14, 08:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: 145 Ardmore Street, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Water Bar, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Welcome to Winter Party featuring Figure8 and SnakeRat
Welcome to Winter Party featuring Figure8 and SnakeRat

When: Jul 17 to Jul 18, 08:00 PM to 02:30 AM
Where: Post Office Lane, 33 Ardmore Street, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Rove Café & Bar, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Remarkably Funny presents: Wānaka open mic comedy
Remarkably Funny presents: Wānaka open mic comedy

When: Jun 18 to Aug 27, 08:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: 73 Brownston St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Mint Bar, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Waste Free Fair 2020
Waste Free Fair 2020

When: Jul 18, 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Daylight Atheist
Daylight Atheist

When: Jul 26, 07:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 28 Myra St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Hawea Community Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Wanaka Food Lovers Masterclass
Wanaka Food Lovers Masterclass

When: Oct 18, 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Waste Free Wanda Singalong
Waste Free Wanda Singalong

When: Jul 18, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Mindfulness Day Retreat
Mindfulness Day Retreat

When: Jul 31 to Aug 1, 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
Where: 40 McDougall Street, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Wanaka Community Hub, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

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