Wanaka New Zealand
Wanaka, set on the shore of beautiful
Lake Wanaka in Central Otago has mountain and water
vistas that change from one beautiful season to the
next. Summer is always a great time to visit with long
days, plenty of fine weather and the lake to enjoy.
Autumn has its own magic as the poplar and other deciduous
trees turn to gold, with a dusting of snow on the peaks
of the Mount Aspiring National Park that defines the
ridgelines. Winter is the time to head to the ski fields
at nearby Cardrona and Treble Cone before returning
to Wanaka for some après ski relaxation in front of
a cosy log fire, a soak in a hot tub, wining and dining
in town, or perhaps a sumptuous meal provided at lodge
Central Otago has burgeoning
wine industry with the variety and quality of its wines
going from strength to strength. With large quantities
of vines having been planted in recent times around
the Lake Dunstan area located 30 minutes from Wanaka.
A number of excellent walking trails - from
30 minutes upwards - can be accessed from your Wanaka
base. An excellent walk to a viewing point for the Rob
Roy Glacier is located approximately 1 hour from Wanaka
by taking the road along the scenic Matukituki Valley
followed by a hike of around 3 1/2 hours total return
- allow all day for the Wanaka/Wanaka return trip with
a picnic lunch. (Some uphill sections - good footwear
and moderate fitness required).
The Wanaka area is
popular for hiking, golf, mountain biking, fly fishing
and of course skiing and snowboarding in winter.