Lake Wanaka, Wanaka

Must see · Water Body · Nature / Park
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 into our Wanaka trip itinerary tool to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Wanaka.
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  • It's still a mystery how the tree is in the water. Luckily me and my Friends went there on a sunny day, and there were not many people. There are soo many restaurants and cafes near by, so after a...  more »
  • Stunning view, we just drove over to have a look. Probably worth staying there. There is lots of eating places and would be nice to explore outdoor activities.  more »
  • Loved just sitting here watching the sun set, and also hired ebikes from Racers and rode along the lake to Sticky Forest. Very Memorable!  more »
  • Beautiful wherever you look—that pretty much sums it up
  • Lovely to spent time around the lake, picnic opportunities are numerous
  • Definitely one place to visit when you are in South Island. Very peaceful lake for a walk and some seats to pack food and have lunch nearby. Some ducks in the lake too which are really cute.
  • Just amazing! I did the cruise to Stevenson Island and was so beautiful. I stayed 2 nights in a Yurt and it was very comfortable.
  • Best lake in Central Otago in my opinion, absolutely magical! Take a hike, or a flight to capture the best sceneary..

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