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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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activities

events

Wana Laugh Comedy Night
Wana Laugh Comedy Night

When: Aug 23, 07:00 PM to 10:30 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

Teens, Alcohol and Devices. Get the heads Up.
Teens, Alcohol and Devices. Get the heads Up.

When: Sep 10, 07:00 PM to 09:15 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Mr Red Light
Mr Red Light

When: Oct 19, 07:30 PM to 09:55 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Sailing Through Menopause
Sailing Through Menopause

When: Sep 11 to Oct 9, 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Corona Presents Mako Road
Corona Presents Mako Road

When: Sep 1, 08:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: 33 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Barluga, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

MITRE10 Festival of Sport and Recreation 2019
MITRE10 Festival of Sport and Recreation 2019

When: Sep 15, 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: 3 Parks Ballantyne Road, Wanaka, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Wanaka Recreation Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Cori Gonzalez-Macuer - Wanaka
Cori Gonzalez-Macuer - Wanaka

When: Oct 5, 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Level 1, 155 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Gin and Raspberry Boutique Bar, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Spring Challenge Adventure Training Weekend
Spring Challenge Adventure Training Weekend

When: Aug 23 to Aug 25, 07:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where: Lakeside Rd, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Wanaka Yacht Club, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Comedy Night! with Michele A'Court & Jeremy Elwood
Comedy Night! with Michele A'Court & Jeremy Elwood

When: Sep 15, 08:00 PM to 09:30 PM
Where: Level 1, 155 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Gin and Raspberry Boutique Bar, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

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