WANAKA ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS
A destination for all seasons!
Wanaka is a year round holiday destination with great skiing, fishing, hiking , biking and many other outdoor activities, vineyards & the renowned bi-annual Wanaka Warbirds Air Show.
From the end of June to early October, Wanaka is a ski and snowboard resort with the best alpine and cross country skiing in New Zealand.
- Treble Cone (30 minutes away):
The largest ski area in the South Island, great scenery with intermediate / advanced terrain for skiers and boarders. See www.treblecone.co.nz.
- Cardrona (40 minutes away):
Mainly beginner / intermediate terrain ideal for skiers and boarders. See www.cardrona.com.
- Waiorau Snow Farm (40 minutes away):
Snow board park as well as cross country skiing. See www.snowfarmnz.com.
- Coronet & Remarkables (75 minutes away):
Situated near Queenstown. See www.nzski.com.
Experience some of the best value heli skiing in the world in the Harris Mountains. See www.heliski.co.nz.
Wanaka is the place for skiers and boarders!
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We are able to arrange transfers to the mountains from the Lodge. Check out our ski accommodation packages here.
The Wanaka region has a superb selection of hikes and wilderness trails which are accessible to most fitness levels, ranging from a short lakeside stroll to trails in forested valleys and across pristine alpine wilderness and alpine terrain.
Explore the Outlet Track & Waterfall Creek around Lake Wanaka, Diamond Lake (20 minute drive) or the Rob Roy Glacier Hike (1 hour drive), regarded as one of the best day walks in New Zealand.
Wanaka is the gateway to the spectacular Mt. Aspiring National Park, a world Heritage area.
We can assist with advice for day walks or longer expeditions. A transfer service operates from the Lodge to the Park. Check out our Wanaka hiking package here.
From Wanaka Airport or the start of the Matukituki Valley take in the spectacular sights of the Southern Alps and the Mt Aspiring National Park with the option to land on a Glacier at 7,000ft/2,300mt.
We highly recommend the flight over Aspiring to Milford Sound allowing time for a cruise before flying back over Lake Wakitipu and Queenstown.
Another stunning trip is to the Siberia Valley by air, then a leisurely 3 hour bush walk followed by a jetboat trip down the Wilkin River.
Scenic flights to Mt Cook are also available.
Rivers & Lake
The Wanaka region has two lakes – Wanaka & Hawea which are over 1000ft deep, and numerous rivers. Enjoy a cruise on Lake Wanaka to Stevensons Island (bird sanctuary) or to Mou Waho Island with its own idyllic lake on the island.
The lake is also popular for water skiing, jet boating, kayaking & windsurfing.
The Wanaka region is popular for fishing with lake and river fishing. We can arrange guided fly fishing and hunting trips.
Jetboat the majestic Matukituki, Wilkin or Clutha rivers. Eco raft trips also available on the Clutha.
You may like to try one of the many adventure activities including jet-boating on the Clutha River (New Zealand's largest river), tandem paragliding over Lake Wanaka, river canyoning, sky diving, horse trekking or white-water rafting.
There are many mountain bike and walking trails close to the Lodge.
Or for something at a more sedate pace - relax with a game of golf or a spot of fly fishing. Nearby are a gymnasium, swimming pool, Stuart Landsborough's amazing Puzzling World, and the Fighter Pilots Museum featuring a large collection of World War II fighters that form the basis of the bi-annual "Warbirds over Wanaka".
Alternatively taste our local brew at Wanaka Beerworks or enjoy a tour of Central Otago's Vineyards, New Zealand's fastest growing wine region and world famous for its superb Pinot Noir.
Wanaka has its own quirky local theatre - Cinema Paradiso and a wide range of shops, galleries, bars, cafes and restaurants.
All activities can be arranged in advance of your visit , or during your stay by your hosts.
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