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.
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.