Wanaka – gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park and Te Wahipounamu World Heritage area – has a magnificent setting of soaring mountains, alpine lakes and rivers.


On the southern shores of Lake Wanaka, the resort town of the same name offers outdoor adventures and indoor luxury aplenty.

The laidback lakeside town draws visitors all year round. The slopes of Treble Cone and Cardrona entice skiers and snowboarders in winter, while hiking, fishing and canyoning are popular in any season.

Autumn (fall) is a particularly beautiful time in Wanaka, when 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 takes to the skies with the international Warbirds over Wanaka air show.

Wanaka is also a prime destination for luxury getaways. Its many prestige lodges and boutique B & Bs combine privacy and pampering, and perfectly complement options such as helicopter tours, vintage plane rides and back-country 4WD touring.