On the southern shores of the lake, the resort town of Wanaka offers outdoor adventures and indoor luxury aplenty.
The laid-back lakeside town draws visitors year-round; the slopes of Treble Cone and Cardrona entice skiers and snowboarders in winter, while hiking, fishing and canyoning are popular regardless of season.
Autumn is a particularly beautiful time in Wanaka, as the hills take on a fiery hue, blending golds, oranges and reds – an event celebrated at the biennial Southern Lakes Festival of Colour. On alternate years, the spectacle turns to the skies for the international Warbirds over Wanaka air show.
Lake Wanaka is also a prime destination for luxury getaways. Its many premium lodges and boutique B&Bs combine privacy and pampering, pairing perfectly with options such as private helicopter tours, vintage plane rides and back-country 4WD touring.