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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

Bach Oboe d'amore
Bach Oboe d'amore

When: Feb 20, 07:30 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 246 Mount Aspiring Road, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Rippon Vineyard, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Entrepreneur Coffee Jam
Entrepreneur Coffee Jam

When: Feb 28, 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: 72 Brownston St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Wanaka A&P Show
Wanaka A&P Show

When: Mar 8 to Mar 9, 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: Ardmore Street, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Wanaka Showgrounds, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Xavier Crow's  - Hypnotic - Hypnosis Show.
Xavier Crow's - Hypnotic - Hypnosis Show.

When: Mar 8, 07:30 PM to 09:45 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

River City Jazzmen
River City Jazzmen

When: Mar 2, 07:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Festival of Colour: The Māori Sidesteps
Festival of Colour: The Māori Sidesteps

When: Apr 3, 08:30 PM to 10:10 PM
Where: 71 Ardmore Street, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Wanaka Hotel, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Wheels At Wanaka
Wheels At Wanaka

When: Apr 20 to Apr 21, 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: Ballantyne Road
Venue: Three Parks, Wanaka, Otago

Festival of Colour: Björk All Is Full of Love
Festival of Colour: Björk All Is Full of Love

When: Apr 2, 06:30 PM to 07:50 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Festival of Colour: Permission to Speak
Festival of Colour: Permission to Speak

When: Apr 2 to Apr 7, 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM
Where: Lakeside Rd, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Wanaka Yacht Club, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Festival of Colour: Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra
Festival of Colour: Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra

When: Apr 4, 08:30 PM to 10:10 PM
Where: 71 Ardmore Street, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Wanaka Hotel, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

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