Around Wanaka

Lake Wanaka offers beautiful scenery and a variety of activities from fine dining, art galleries, cafes and shopping, to great outdoor adventures in all seasons.


  • Fantastic mountain biking and walking tracks through forest or on the lakefront
  • Sheltered beach, sunbathing & swimming
  • Canoeing, fishing, windsurfing and lazing
  • Boutique clothing shops and Art Gallery’s

Nearby, just up the Matukituki valley, is the world heritage “Mount Aspiring National Park” for hiking, climbing and mountaineering. There are also wine tours, a scenic golf course, sky-diving, horse riding tours. Water sports include: wakeboarding/waterskiing, canyoning, jetboating, kayaking, sailing, paddleboarding and more!

Come winter the area transforms into a pristine alpine paradise. With ski resorts Cardrona, Treble Cone, Snow Park & Snow Farm only 40mins drive away, and others in the region. You will be spoilt with the variety of skiing and snowboarding fun. Then relax with a good meal or drinks in one of Wanaka’s fine restaurants, or return to Wanaka Lakehouse for a Central Otago Pinot Noir by the fire, home cooked dinner followed by a luxury spa, swim, sauna and sleep.

The following is just a small selection of activities in and around Lake Wanaka:

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