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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  • Outstanding views and peaceful surroundings. Visited the nearby Sky Dive Wanaka which was fantastic.  more »
  • An easy stroll along the lakeside - a long one if you want to try and get around the whole lake! A lot of people taking photos of 'the Wanaka tree', which is a small tree growing in the lake a short d...  more »
  • This is a beautiful lake & the views are amazing when you drive to/from FZ. It is actually brilliant.  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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