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. Plan my Wanaka trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • What a beautiful town! Is special in the magic and beauty of your landscape! Lake beautiful, beautiful homes! Must be visited in the South Island!
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  • Close to Queenstown, beautiful mountains to photograph, great places to go walking in rain or shine. We stayed here for more than a week and really enjoyed our stay.  more »
  • Well worth a visit. Plenty of restaurants and touristy shops. Boat trips on the lake wellworth doing even though they seem expensive. Fantastic scenery so take your camera!!  more »

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Where to stay in Wanaka

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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