Wanaka, Wanaka

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Encircled by vast lakes and towering mountains, Wanaka serves as one of New Zealand's premier tourist resorts. In the winter, snow sports beckon with skiing, snowboarding, sledging, and more, while the warm summers offer opportunities for hiking, fishing, kayaking, or simply relaxing and enjoying the view. Once you've worked up an appetite, make a stop at one of the friendly establishments on the resort's cafe strip. Wines from the nearby vineyards are particularly popular here and most locals will be able to tell you all about them. Our Wanaka vacation generator makes visiting Wanaka and other Wanaka attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Best views in New Zealand so far, lovely lakeside walk, great places to eat, flights to Milford at the local airport, altogether a lovely place.  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Very near Cardrona ski field, amongst others, with a lovely atmosphere and lots to do if you're not skiing.  more »
  • July 28, 2017
    Wanaka is the place to stay if you don't want the tourist feel of Queenstown. Nestled in a valley surrounded by snow-capped mountains, we loved our stay here. Great place to do day trips from.  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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