Lake Wanaka, Wanaka

4.9
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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  • Fabulous long lake that you take a while driving along and around every bend is another amazing view. We stopped lots of times as it was so photogenic. Also, we saw a kind of tornado very prominently....  more »
  • One of the most beautiful places I've ever been! Not to be missed if travelling in that area. Lots of great places to eat.  more »
  • Such a cute city to stop in for a few days. We stayed here 2-3 days during our trip and enjoyed the views driving around the lake to get to the town. If you are looking for good food, I highly...  more »
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  • 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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