Why Wanaka ticks all the boxes for the perfect Summer holiday.
Wanaka in the South Island of New Zealand offers an ideal destination for a fun and relaxing break. Here are only some of the many reasons why you should visit Wanaka for a Summer holiday.
Wanaka is located in an area where the Summers are hot and dry. The sunny days are a significant plus to a Summer holiday. The average temperature sits at approximately 24 degrees and there is zero humidity. The days are long and don’t end until after 9pm, giving you plenty of time to get out and explore without having to rush back before darkness falls.
There are an abundance of outdoor activities to partake in, in and around Wanaka. The hiking and biking is epic, with so many options for all levels and abilities. There are plenty of places to visit which doesn’t cost a cent and the views are incredible. If you are looking for something more extreme the town is full of adventure specialists who can take you up cliffs, into crevices or out to far away places that can only be seen from the air. Wanaka is one of the ultimate adventure towns in New Zealand and can definitely compete against other areas.
Wanaka is packed with excellent cafes, bars and restaurants. The cafe culture is in full flight with award winning baristas and amazing food, available from 7am to late. The restaurant scene is awesome with an array of international eateries from Asian Fusion to Lebanese cuisine. There is something for everyone and something for every budget.
Central Otago is world renowned for its wine, particularly the Pinot Noir. Wanaka is within an easy drive to numerous vineyards which offer tastings and meals. A great day out in some amazing scenery. If driving is off the cards ( you are wine tasting after all ) then there are options for wine tours as well as private car hire and a driver. Within Wanaka you can taste some spectacular wines including Maude and Rippon both of which are locally owned and offer tasting rooms.
A beer connoisseur would be impressed with the craft beer Wanaka has to offer. With no less than 6 micro breweries in town, Wanaka is definitely making its mark on the beer industry. Most local bars serve a choice of the local beers but you can also visit the breweries and sit in and enjoy these delicious beverages.
The town of Wanaka sits on the shores of the lake which offers plenty of activities. Experience most water sports including Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, Water Skiing, boat trips and Jet Skiing. It is also the perfect place to cool off in the crystal clear water and the kids can have a blast jumping off the wharf or pontoon. The kilometres of shore line offer numerous places to set up camp for the day, watching the kids play in the shallow water while you sit back and admire the view with a good book and a cold beer. Getting out on the water is easy with several tour operators located in town or on the lake front, providing all the gear and guides if needed.
This is just six reasons why Wanaka is a great destination for a Summer break. What else do you need? Contact us now for availability on our luxury holiday homes which give you the option to relax, have flexibility and lots of space.