Beautiful Lake Wanaka is right on the doorstep of Mount Aspiring National Park and as a result offers some of the best outdoor activities in the Country. Many activities are centred around the lake including the rivers that flow from it and the lack of crowds means you have more of this natural playground to yourself. You can explore the islands of the lake aboard a boat cruise or spend the day kayaking, fishing or sailing. For an action packed adrenalin rush try jet boating, canyoning or white water rafting down the rapids. These fully guided tours will take you through the rugged countryside of Central Otago, past tussock covered hills and beneath imposing rock formations. Take to the air for the best view of Wanaka’s scenic highlights by jumping on board a scenic flight , sky diving or paragliding.
If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, there is plenty to keep you busy on land. The walking and hiking tracks are easy to access from Wanaka township and there is one to suit all ages and abilities. From a walk in the country to a glacier hike, you can choose a trail to suit your level of fitness and time constraints. Cycling and Mountain Biking is a rewarding experience. There are purpose built cycle trails to follow with ever changing scenery and places of interest along the way. With the backdrop of Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps behind you, you’ll want to bring your camera. Other activities in Wanaka include Horse treks, hunting and fishing and golf. The most popular activity in the winter months is skiing and the town becomes a bustling hive of activity between July to September. Wanaka is the base point for the ski fields of Treble Cone, Snow Park and Cardrona offering a good choice of accommodation, dining venues and services for all styles and budgets.
If you are on holiday with the kids they will love the gentle slopes and dedicated learner’s areas of Snow Park NZ and Cardrona. Treble Cone offers long sweeping runs, less crowds and spectacular scenery. For luxury accommodation close to Wanaka’s main activities stay at Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka. Here you can indulge in some quality time at the day spa with a massage or beauty treatment or you can soak your aches away in the outdoor heated rock pools. Make sure your next Wanaka holiday is filled with all the activities you enjoy by talking to our travel agents today.