Sometimes you just want to get up and walk out the door and do something that doesn't involve buying tickets or booking a time. Wanaka has lots of FREE activities to do to entertain the family.....check out our Top 10!
1/ Walk Up Mount Iron
A moderate walk up Mount Iron will reward you with spectacular views. An approx. 1.5hrs return with some steep uphill and downhill sections, but a must for the whole family when visiting Wanaka.
2/ Visit Wanaka Lavender Farm
This is a hidden gem and a great place to wander around relaxing amongst the lavender. Speak to the farm animals (alpacas and lambs in spring), have a game of 'Petanque', sample some of the yummy smelling products in the quaint shop or try the delicious homemade lavender ice-cream.
3/ Play Disc Golf
There is now a Disc Golf Course at Eely Point as well as Lismore Park. Eely Point can prove to be challenging with all the trees and Lismore Park offers spectacular views. Buy, hire, borrow (if you are in the know) or bring your own disc and get that competitive side of you going!
4/ Mountain Biking
If you are lucky enough to have access to bikes during your stay in Wanaka, get out and discover the endless tracks which cater for all levels. An easy cycle around the lake or a more challenging course through sticky forest.....so many to choose from so little time!
5/ Hang Out At The Lake
Lake Wanaka offers beautiful views all year round. Grab that camera and picnic blanket and head on down to relax and watch the ever changing scenery and if you are brave enough, jump off the wharf for a refreshing swim.
Photo from Wanaka Tourism
6/ Wanaka Skate Park
If you are traveling with kids be sure to bring their scooters or skateboard. Hours of fun can be had at the skate park by the young ones (and some cool oldies to)! If you don't fancy a roll then watching can be just as entertaining as the teens hit the bowl.....the views are pretty good from here to!
7/ A Scenic Drive
Who doesn't love a scenic sunday drive? Whichever way you head out of Wanaka you will be greeted with stunning views. For more information and ideas you can speak to our Wanaka Fixer who will send you off in the right direction (not that there is a wrong one)!
8/ A Playground Marathon
Need to entertain the kids? Then go on a playground adventure and visit some of the best in the area. Our top picks would be The Dinosaur Park (@ the lakefront), Hawea Park, Luggate Park and Domini Park. There are heaps more, so just ask!
9/ Wanaka Artisan Market
Every Thursday from 3pm a group of talented people set up their stalls outside the Speights Ale House on Ardmore Street along side Bullock Creek. The market runs until 6pm and sells an array of items from artwork to jewellry and delicious foods.......get there early if you want to buy something as the food stalls sell out pretty fast!
10/ Climb A Mountain
There are plenty of mountains to choose from around Wanaka. For ideas and information, go to www.lakewanaka.co.nz or visit the "Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre" on the corner of Ballantyne Road and Ardmore Street.
Photo from Wanaka Tourism
For more information about any of these activities contact us here.