Lake Wanaka, Wanaka

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A haven for outdoor activities and popular amongst bikers, swimmers, and hikers, Lake Wanaka offers a wide array of opportunities to get out and enjoy the region's wild nature. The lake checks in among one of the country's largest bodies of water, stretching 45 km (28 mi) between its farthest points. A long network of foot and bike paths in the vicinity provides ample opportunity to explore the area's hills, mountains, and forests. Certain paths can even give you a panoramic view of the lake and its surroundings. Alternatively, hop aboard a kayak or boat to take in the natural landscape from the water. Put Lake Wanaka at the forefront of your travel plans using our Wanaka trip itinerary tool .
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  • October 13, 2017
    What is there not to like about Lake Wanaka. It's simply beautiful. Lots of water activities. A wonderful vibrant town operates around the lake with plenty of bars and eateries. #ThatWanakaTree is a g...  more »
  • October 12, 2017
    Lake wanaka is a picturesque place with stunning Mt views. It offers a various of water activists and numerous picnic and camping places along the perimeter. The famous wanaka free is located on the l...  more »
  • October 8, 2017
    We were lucky enough to get to wanaka in bright sunshine and 15 degrees celsius. It was wonderful weather, the lake looked beautiful with mountains framing it in the background. The water is crystal c...  more »

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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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