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Best Things To Do in Wanaka

The sky is the limit, literally. Wanaka offers a comprehensive selection of activities in the air, on land or on the water. Release Wanaka can also tailor-make a custom itinerary for you.

The opportunity for adventure or relaxation in Wanaka are endless. In winter Wanaka arguably offers New Zealand's best skiing and snowboarding. In the warmer seasons, enjoy a hike or relaxing walk on the many local trails. Experience New Zealand's best food and wine by exploring Wanaka's restaurants and wineries. Get on your bike and discover why Wanaka is a mountain biking mecca.

Develop a new skill and tick an item off your personal bucket list. Fish the gin clear mountain streams with a local guide or on your own (with a licence!). Grab the best seat in the house and take a flight in a vintage tiger moth. Celebrate your special day with a unique Wanaka Wedding. Enjoy family adventures and create memories to last a lifetime... or sneak away for a couples romantic getaway.

Snow

Wanaka is a mecca for winter, ski and snowboard enthusiasts, offering three world-class ski areas: Treble Cone, Cardrona and Snow Farm plus the largest heli-skiing area in New Zealand.

Bike

Wanaka is the ultimate mountain biking destination and enjoys some of New Zealand's best single track riding and heli biking, all just a stone's throw away from the majestic Southern Alps.

Hike

Wanaka might just be the perfect walking holiday destination. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along Wanaka's many lake and riverside walking tracks. Or try something a bit more challenging...

Drive

Develop and improve your winter driving skills high on the Pisa Range, try four-wheel driving in the back country, go exploring in vintage Citroen automobiles or get noisy at Highlands Motorsports Park.

Adrenalin

Another nearby town might have the 'Adventure Capital' label, but Wanaka holds its own with a great variety of adrenalin-inducing activities to get your heart rate well and truly going.

Fish

Whether you prefer your fish caught on the fly, lure or with bait, we can get you to where the opportunity to land your prize is better than most. Catch. Eat. Release.

Climb

Challenge your mind and body by exploring Wanaka's alpine environment. Get some altitude with options of rock climbing, ice climbing and basic or more advanced mountaineering.

Fly

Wanaka's location near the rugged terrain of the Mount Aspiring National Park and the proximity to Fiordland means it's ideally situated to enjoy both scenic flights and flight training experiences.

Dive

Sit back and watch as your helicopter delivers you deep into the Fiordland World Heritage Area. Live aboard private charters allow for unlimited diving for crayfish and scallops.

What our customers say

  • "What a truly magical place! 16 Thompson's spent a week here over New Year 2016/17, to celebrate our Papa Wal's 70th Birthday. We found everything we could ever want and more. An idyllic place, surrounded by nature, style and relaxed luxury. No one wanted to leave! Thank you for everything and sharing this magnificent property and thanks to your team for a very warm welcome and looking after us along the way." "Thankyou for sharing your magnificent house for our family celebrations and holiday. I like swimming in your pool and spa. See you next time - Neve Thompson, 7 years old" "Thank you NZ, thank you for having us - Esta, 5 years old"

    Pat, Loyd, Neve & Esta, Australia

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