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Wanaka Indoor Recreation

Sometimes you just want to escape from the weather and entertain the kids indoors. Maybe the rain has settled in for the day or you want a break from the hot Central Otago sunshine. Wanaka is a family-friendly location with plenty of options. Here are our Top 5 indoor activities for families.

Puzzling World

“Since 1973 Puzzling World has been messing with people’s heads no matter what age, nationality or experience. With a mix of bizarre buildings, rooms of illusion and the world-famous Great Maze this attraction is designed to baffle your brain and challenge your perceptions of reality.”

Great fun for the whole family, Puzzling World provides entertainment for a entire day. Head through the numerous buildings, get lost in the maze or relax in the cafe and challenge yourself with the various free to use puzzles. A great day out for all!

Cinema Paradiso

A movie theatre with a difference. Paradiso has been going for more than a couple of decades now. In their new premises in Wanaka, they offer 3 screens showing recent releases. The cinemas are kitted out with sofas and large comfortable chairs, as well as an old Morris Minor in one of them.

The famous freshly baked cookies are AMAZING and served during the old school intermission. They are warm and delicious with a selection of flavours (they can also do GF cookies, just let them know before the movie starts) and are perfect after a pizza & beer while you sit and relax and watch the movie.

Base Camp

If those rocks out on the hillsides around Wanaka are looking a bit slippy, head over to ‘Basecamp’. Here you can get your climbing fix no matter what the weather. The ‘Clip n Climb’ is great fun for over 5’s, with a selection of crazy climbs to choose from, including a in the dark climb, all while you are safely strapped into a harness.

If you prefer something a bit more serious, harness up and hit ‘The Wall’. A selection of 30 climbs spread over 12 ropes with something for everyone, this is perfect for developing your skills or trying something new.

National Transport & Toy Museum

“One of the world’s largest private collections of aircraft, vehicles and toys. With over half a century of collecting and preserving pieces from the past, the museum houses over 600 vehicles. Including classic cars, motorcycles, fire appliances, military vehicles, buses, trucks, tractors, construction gear and boats. 20 Civilian and Military aircraft from the 1930’s to 1990’s.

The nostalgic collection of 60,000 toys has something to fascinate the child in everyone, such as clockwork and battery powered toys, dolls, teddy bears, pedal cars, remote control models, money boxes and 1,000’s of scale models. The museum offers indoor and outdoor playing areas, adult sized pedal cars to ride as well a picnic area. The museum shop has thousands of models and gifts. Light refreshments are also available.”

This place is huge and has something interesting around every corner. All ages are catered for and you can definitely spend a full day here.


“Discover a whole new universe, become part of your game, explore the world – at REALM VR, it’s all literally at your fingertips. The perfect rainy day activity or family fun in Wanaka, New Zealand, REALM VR provides hours of indoor adventure for just about any age.

A completely unique experience, REALM VR is definitely a must-do activity while visiting Wanaka, New Zealand.”

For your accommodation needs in Wanaka, contact Release Wanaka. We have some fantastic holiday rental homes perfect for small and large families. Get in touch: 021 762 694 or stay@releasenz.com