For outdoor adventures, the Wanaka region has everything: Skiing to snowboarding, abseiling to kayaking, mountain biking to parapenting, white water sledging to deep canyoning.
Unique attractions include the NZ Fighter Pilots Museum, world famous Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World and Great Maze, the much photographed Rippon Vineyard, and of course the world-renowned annual Rip-Curl World Heli-Challenge as well as the bi-annual Warbirds over Wanaka.
Scenic flights - fixed wing aircraft and helicopters - operate from Wanaka and Makarora for the West Coast, Mt Aspiring National Park and Milford Sound. Close-up views of awesome glaciers, mountains, lakes, waterfalls, fiords.
Golf, fishing, jet boating, day treks and four wheel drive tours cater for active visitors.
Garden tours, art and craft tours, and photographic safaris are here for those who like quiet discoveries.
The Wanaka Region
Wanaka's central South Island location in the heart of the high country Southern Lakes district makes it an ideal holiday base, and a destination, not a detour.
Travellers to Wanaka are well placed for access to the West Coast, Mt Cook National Park, and Fiordland. A leisurely drive to Queenstown takes an hour and a half.
Daily scheduled coach and shuttle buses will take you to the West Coast, Christchurch, Dunedin, Mt Cook, and Queenstown,
Scenic flights will take you through spectacular alpine scenery to Mt Aspiring, Mt Cook and Milford Sound.