WANAKA Forever! – A guide to New Zealand’s hidden gem

Wakanda forever you mean? Not quite the Black Panther Wakanda with high tech vibranium and Michael B. Jordan unfortunately.

But a getaway to New Zealand, to get in touch with nature and experience it’s finest Lake Wanaka is as good as it gets. The Wanaka region is best known for its lively town, spectacular mountain views, a huge range of outdoor adventures, and is the perfect location for a family getaway…and did we mention it’s only an hour drive from Queenstown!

Keep reading for the five top attractions and must dos when visiting Wanaka:

#1 Canyon tours in Wanaka and Haast Pass area

The Matukituki Valley is a short half hour drive from Wanaka and home to picture perfect scenery. Explore the spectacular crystal pools, native forest and deep canyons with a small group tour, or better yet discover beautifully sculpted rocks and crashing scenic waterfalls by climbing, swimming or abseiling through waterfalls! The views are definitely Instagram worthy.

#2 Go Snowmobiling
Coming to New Zealand during Winter? The Cardrona Snowmobiling takes you and your group of friends on a thrilling snow tour with a high powered snowmobile machine. You will be plowing through steep, snowy mountains to the top of Robrosa Station backcountry, from there you’ll be rewarded with a blue ribbon view of the Pisa Range mountains. This exhilarating challenge is not for the faint hearted! – this is a must for adrenaline seekers.

#3 Ride a Horse
Trot and gallop your way around Cardrona on a horse’s back. The Wanaka regions offers some of the best trekking routes, where no two days are the same. Explore the historic gold mining valley, heritage rugged farming, the plateaus and under the mountains of the Cardrona Valley. Alternatively, you can take a more relaxing ride from Lake Wanaka to the Rippon Vineyard where you can sample some of the best local wine has to offer.


#4 Jet boating in Wanaka River
Discover the Matukituki River at speed from a jet boat on a half day action packed tour. Drift across shallow waters to the mountains, where you will be met by a 50 minute guided tour which will give you an opportunity to observe the pristine waters, moss covered forest and waterfall stream. The photo opportunity here is not to be missed!

#5 Puzzling World, Wanaka
Baffle your brain with this unique attraction at Wanaka, where wonderful and wacky illusions of abstract buildings and rooms will puzzle your brain (no pun intended). The hologram, gravity-defying displays, challenging 3D maze and illusion rooms will have the whole family questioning reality.

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