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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours , Wanaka
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Routeburn Track , South Island
Hike across a variety of landscapes by following Routeburn Track, a renowned rainforest route in New Zealand. Most visitors take two to four
Hollyford Track , Fiordland National Park
Trek along the picturesque paths of Hollyford Track for a walk through some of New Zealand's richest landscapes. A multitude of walk options
Milford Sound , Te Anau
Experience New Zealand's untouched wilderness by cruising Milford Sound, a fjord located within a World Heritage Site encompassing four natio
Recommended Wanaka tours
$191 BOOK WITH VIATOR Cardrona High Country Pub Trail Horse Riding Trek
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Trip Planner : South Pacific / New Zealand / South Island / Otago Region / Wanaka / Things to do in Wanaka
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country. For an action-packed Wanaka holiday, head out onto the water for a range of thrilling activities, or up into the mountains for snow sports. Later, settle in for an evening meal and a bottle of the region's famous wine. For something a little more relaxed, stroll around the town's many boutique shops, enjoy the cafes, and venture out around the lake for great photo opportunities. Find what you're looking for from your Wanaka holiday, by planning the whole thing with us using our handy New Zealand trip itinerary maker app.
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As a popular ski and resort town, Wanaka offers an abundance of accommodation options. Views of the lake can be requested at the many boutique and luxury hotels, while travelers aiming to get straight up into the mountains may want to try one of the multitude of more affordable resorts and campsites. Good connections take visitors up the slopes and down again to their bed for the night. For those traveling into the town by car, motels are dotted along the main roads, offering good access to Wanaka itself and the surrounding scenery.
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