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Wanaka

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Things to do: nature, theme parks, winter sports
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country. For an action-packed Wanaka holiday, head out onto the water for a range of thrilling activities, or up into the mountains for snow sports. Later, settle in for an evening meal and a bottle of the region's famous wine. For something a little more relaxed, stroll around the town's many boutique shops, enjoy the cafes, and venture out around the lake for great photo opportunities. Our New Zealand trip builder combines visitor reviews with your personal interests to make an itinerary informed by experts, but tailored to suit your style.
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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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