5 ways to explore Wanaka, New Zealand

The resort town of Wanaka, located in the breathtaking alps of New Zealand’s South Island, attracts visitors from all around the world. The crystal-clear waters of Lake Wanaka combined with the natural beauty of the snow capped mountains makes it the perfect holiday getaway for travelers seeking adventure.

Not really an outdoor enthusiast? Don’t fret!

Wanaka has a stunning selection of galleries, shops, bars, cafes and restaurants for you to browse. Enjoy the local cuisine on offer and award-winning wine and beer, or why not try some artisan ice cream?

Keep reading to see our top picks for things to do in Wanaka!


1. Kayaking

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Kayaking through the unspoilt beauty of Lake Wanaka with sweeping views of Mt Aspiring National Park is the perfect way to experience Wanaka. Whether you’re a beginner, looking for a challenging course, or after family friendly options, Wanaka offers an endless variety of tours to cater for your needs.

Paddle at your own pace and soak in the natural beauty of Lake Wanaka!


2. Hiking

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With a summit of 1578m, Roys Peak Track is one of the best ways to capture the beautiful views of Lake Wanaka and Mount Aspiring/Tititea. Immerse yourself in the calls of grasshoppers and birds as you make your way uphill through the steep track.

The track can be demanding and has fluctuating temperatures so make sure you pack sufficient supplies!


3. Skydiving

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As famed for its stunning natural beauty, it is no surprise that skydiving is the best way to fuel your adrenaline while taking in the spectacular 360 degree views of Wanaka. The unforgettable experience will have you strapped to an experienced skydiver and jumping from high above the southern alpines.

It is time to finally cross skydiving off your bucket list – and what better way than in Wanaka!


4. Helicopter Tour

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For travelers seeking a relaxing alternative, helicopter tours around Wanaka offers panoramic views of the breathtaking scenery below. The experienced pilots are all locals with extensive knowledge of the Wanaka area and its history. There are different packages to choose from, including Glacier Landing or Snow Landing, so pick whatever floats your boat!

Now’s your chance to experience Wanaka from a birds eye view!


5. Dining

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Chocolates Patagonia is often said to be the best place to head to in Wanaka to satisfy a sweet tooth! Before embarking on your activities, start your day with a coffee at Chocolates Patagonia. Then end your day back here with some exquisite chocolate, ice cream and churros.

Don’t forget to purchase a gift box in store to bring back home!


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