The charming lakeside town of Wanaka attracts visitors all year round with a wide range of outdoor activities, natural beauty, fun events and restaurants offering fresh and local produce. As the gateway to the Mt Aspiring National Park, Wanaka is the perfect base for those wanting to enjoy hiking, mountain biking, mountaineering, lake sports and fishing, while in the winter months tourists come to ski and snowboard at popular Cardrona and Treble Cone ski fields or try cross country skiing at nearby Snow Farm.
For those looking for something more relaxed there are wine tours, lake cruises, boutique shopping and the family friendly Puzzling World. Wanaka boasts the attractions of many international resort towns but still manages to keep its unique small-town New Zealand feel, much to the delight of the 8,000 permanent residents who call Wanaka home. Long regarded as the small quieter cousin of nearby Queenstown, Wanaka is an easy one-hour drive from the Queenstown International Airport and a must visit for those exploring the South Island of New Zealand.