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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. Work out when and for how long to visit Lake Wanaka and other Wanaka attractions using our handy Wanaka tour planner.
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  • Very beautiful scenic amazingly still buzzing small town with perfect lake. We stayed here for 4 days as base for south island to take trips. Just walking and spending time near lake itself very sooth...  more »
  • Lake Wanaka is beautiful! I went to the island with the lake on it where the Buff Weka flightless birds live. Chris of EcoTours in Wanaka is an absolutely fantastic! He's enthusiastic, highly knowledg...  more »
  • What a beautiful picturesque place to just sit on the shore of the lake and soak up the view - my son says it is so perfect that it looks like it is on a green screen. Lovely to wander or cycle around...  more »