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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

Dance Out Loud Showcase 2018
Dance Out Loud Showcase 2018

When: Dec 14 to Dec 15, 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Jac and the Beansprouts
Jac and the Beansprouts

When: Dec 19 to Dec 22, 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

iHeartRadio Top Paddock Music Festival
iHeartRadio Top Paddock Music Festival

When: Dec 31 to Jan 1, 03:00 PM to 02:00 AM
Where: 1 Capel Ave, Hawea, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Hawea Hotel, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Tattletale Saints Duo Tour
Tattletale Saints Duo Tour

When: Dec 14, 09:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: Level 1, 155 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Gin and Raspberry Boutique Bar, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Skyline Traverse Mountain Run
Skyline Traverse Mountain Run

When: Jan 20, 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Where: Sargood Drive, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Edgewater Hotel, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Crossing Sounds: Music with Blindfolds
Crossing Sounds: Music with Blindfolds

When: Dec 29, 05:45 PM to 07:00 PM
Where: Lakeside Rd
Venue: Wanaka Scout Den, Wanaka, Otago

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

Wanaka Sunday Craft Market
Wanaka Sunday Craft Market

When: Nov 25 to Feb 10, 10:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Where: Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Pembroke Park, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

The Ruby Swim
The Ruby Swim

When: Jan 26, 07:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: Ruby Island, Lake Wanaka, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Ruby Island, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Legendary Divas
Legendary Divas

When: Feb 6, 07:30 PM to 09:15 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

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