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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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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

Contact Epic - NZ's Ultimate MTB Challenge
Contact Epic - NZ's Ultimate MTB Challenge

When: Apr 18, 07:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Where: 1 Capel Ave, Hawea, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Hawea Hotel, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Concerti Grossi - Southern Baroque Ensemble
Concerti Grossi - Southern Baroque Ensemble

When: Feb 12, 07:30 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 246 Mount Aspiring Road, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Rippon Vineyard, 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

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

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

Andy Irvine - Cardrona
Andy Irvine - Cardrona

When: Feb 8, 07:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 2282 Cardrona Valley Rd, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Cardrona Hall Board, 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

Alex Ventling Trio - Live at Bar Number 8
Alex Ventling Trio - Live at Bar Number 8

When: Feb 9, 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Level 1, 155 Ardmore Street, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Bar Number 8, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Women's Adventure Film Tour 19/20 - Wanaka
Women's Adventure Film Tour 19/20 - Wanaka

When: Mar 8, 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where: 72 Brownston St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

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