Exploring in and around Wanaka
Wanaka is a stunning town with so much to offer. Located at the southern end of its namesake, Lake Wanaka and with the Southern Alps’ as the backdrop, visitors fall in love with the area instantly. There’s so much to do besides hitting the slopes, check out some of our top suggestions below.
The Cardrona Distillery
Take a tour of The Cardrona Distillery, where you will learn the secrets to making Cardrona’s finest spirits. You will be shown the process from start to finish before enjoying the products at a tutored tasting.
Visit the iconic Wanaka Tree for an instagram worthy pic. Located at the foothills of Mt Aspiring National Park you will need to park at the Waterfall Creek Track and walk a few minutes to the beach. We recommend sunrise or sunset for the best picture and less crowds.
There is no shortage of Jet Boat operators in the area and no shortage of rivers and lakes to explore. Jet boating is one of NZ’s most popular adrenaline activities where you skim across inches of water doing 360 degree spins at high speeds. You will be amazed at the natural beauty of the landscape and the stories from the local guides.
Harris Mountain Heli-Ski
Harris Mountain Heli-Ski is the ultimate snow experience for skiers and boarders. Choose from a three run introductory tour to a full day expert tour with some of the best views in the world.
Skydiving in Wanaka
Skydive in Wanaka with options for 15,000ft, 12,000ft or 9000ft jumps. Before the adrenaline rush you will enjoy 10-15 minutes of uninterrupted views of Wanaka’s stunning mountains, lakes and rivers.
Fishing on Lake Wanaka
Book a Fishing Trip on the beautiful Lake Wanaka, there are numerous experiences from fly fishing, boat charters and lake to plate operators where you catch the fish and have it prepared for you.
Craft Beer Breweries
Visit one of the six local Craft Beer Breweries in Wanaka; B.Effect, Ground Up, Maverick, Rhyme & Reason, Sidewinder and Wanaka Beer Works.
Puzzling World is the perfect activity for the whole family. With a bizarre mix of buildings, illusions, puzzles and mazes to baffle your brain and challenge your reality.
And don’t forget Queenstown is just an hour up the road if you have a car. Check out our blog ‘Queenstown – So Much More Than a Ski Destination‘ for some enthralling activities.