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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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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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  • We had never been to this part of the world. Even though it was shoulder season, it was still busy & everyone was so welcoming. The weather was a real bonus, sun with cool days but no snow, perfect. W...  more »
  • What a beautiful place this is. Out of all the places I visited in the south island this is my favourite.  more »
  • Stayed for a week , but could have stayed much longer. Alot to do for the outdoor enthusiast and the scenery lover alike. I'm sure this would be a great place to live for a while. Pretty cold in June ...  more »