Wanaka is captivating and magical commanding a wonderful spot on the shores of the crystal clear Lake Wanaka. Located 55 kilometers north east of Queenstown and surrounded by sky scraping snow topped mountains as often as not mirrored in the waters below and bordered by the tremendous Mount Aspiring National Park. An all seasons destination each offering a host of activities from the extreme to the sublime? A perfect combination of outdoor adventure and indoor indulgence …. Wanaka has it all.
Enjoy an exhilarating 1/2 day wilderness jet boating adventure with Wanaka River Journeys, travelling up the glacial fed Matukituki River and finding yourself amongst the breathtaking scenery of the Mount Aspiring National Park, with it’s Hanging Glaciers, stunning waterfalls, ancient beech forest and fantastic bird life….Real New Zealand wilderness.
Ridgeline Adventure Tours offer 4WD Safari Tours that will take you off the beaten track to truly experience the character that is Wanaka, it’s rich history, heritage and modern-day farming life. With breathtaking panoramas of snow capped peaks and lake vistas, alpine meadows and ancient streams, these trips really are a photographers dream.
Get up close and personal with nature with Eco Wanaka Adventures who offer lake cruises and island walks, heli hikes into the misty mountains and glacier guided walks. Cruising the lake and then encountering the magical Mou Waho Island, with its cheeky wekas and the lake on top of the island on a lake on top of an island is simply breathtaking. Special places off-the-beaten track in pure New Zealand wilderness.
Warbirds and Wheels is home to the bi-annual ‘Warbirds Over Wanaka’ International Airshow and also showcases New Zealand’s finest collection of warbird aircraft, classic cars, wearable creations and visual art. It
houses a 1934 Duesenberg the only one in the Souhern Hemisphere, a great selection of privately owned classic cars and a collection of Warbirds such as Strikemaster and Vampire. Not to be missed while visiting Wanaka
Wanaka offers many other attractions, ‘Puzzling World’ has become one of the icons of Wanaka, with it’s puzzling eccentricity offering rooms of illusion, an awesome modern style maze and puzzles galore to play with in the cafe. The Wanaka Toy and Transport Museum houses one of the worlds largest privately owned vehicle and toy collections, the result of one mans dream and 50 years of collecting and preserving pieces from the past.
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