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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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eating fish & chips on the lakefront

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activities

events

Working as One - Sustainable Business Summit
Working as One - Sustainable Business Summit

When: Oct 23, 09:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Working as One - Hospitality Workshop
Working as One - Hospitality Workshop

When: Oct 23, 12:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

This Is Why - Our Path to Carbon Zero
This Is Why - Our Path to Carbon Zero

When: Oct 26, 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Fashion Revolution - Wanaka
Fashion Revolution - Wanaka

When: Oct 25, 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Building Better - Series of Tiny Talks
Building Better - Series of Tiny Talks

When: Oct 24, 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: 36 Morris Road, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Wanaka Lavender Farm, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Sustainable Tourism Workshop - Wanaka
Sustainable Tourism Workshop - Wanaka

When: Oct 24, 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

What is Sustainable Tourism?
What is Sustainable Tourism?

When: Oct 28, 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Investing in Our Future
Investing in Our Future

When: Oct 28, 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Where: 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Wanaka Medieval Festival
Wanaka Medieval Festival

When: Nov 3, 11:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Where: Ardmore Street, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: Wanaka Showgrounds, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Classical Jazz Quartet at Rippon
Classical Jazz Quartet at Rippon

When: Oct 20, 07:30 PM to 09:15 PM
Where: 246 Mt Aspiring Road, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Venue: The Rippon Hall, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

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