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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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events

NZ Proud Dance Showcase - Dance Out Loud & Pointe Central
NZ Proud Dance Showcase - Dance Out Loud & Pointe Central

When: Dec 17 to Dec 18, 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

All Aboard Tour 2020 - Wanaka
All Aboard Tour 2020 - Wanaka

When: Dec 5, 07:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Intuitive Meditation
Intuitive Meditation

When: Oct 24 to Dec 5, 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM
Where: 37 Reece Crescent, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Yoga Ground, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Wanaka Rodeo 2021
Wanaka Rodeo 2021

When: Jan 2, 11:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Where: Albert Town, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: FarmBuild South Arena, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

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

When: Jun 18 to Jan 7, 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 73 Brownston St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Mint Bar, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Joseph Michael: Amazon - Raised Up Sky | Artist Talk
Joseph Michael: Amazon - Raised Up Sky | Artist Talk

When: Dec 7, 06:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Wanaka Plant Swap
Wanaka Plant Swap

When: Dec 5, 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Where: 28 Helwick Street, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Plant Collective, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Our Kids Online - but are they secure?
Our Kids Online - but are they secure?

When: Dec 4, 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Ripe - The Wānaka Wine & Food Festival
Ripe - The Wānaka Wine & Food Festival

When: Mar 21, 11:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Where: 707 Wanaka-Luggate Highway, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Corbridge Woolshed, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Wanaka Sunday Craft Market
Wanaka Sunday Craft Market

When: Oct 25 to Apr 18, 10:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Where: Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Pembroke Park, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

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