Wanaka, Wanaka

4.8
#1 of 26 in Winter Sports in New Zealand
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.
Create an itinerary including Wanaka
map
Wanaka Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
1,056 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Stunning views Plenty to see, do, eat, drink or buy - there is something for everyone in this beautiful town. Looking forward to returning for ski season in the (hopefully) not too distant future.  more »
  • There is no lack of eateries, lake views and places to people watch. A busy town with great vibrancy.  more »
  • Wanaka! Is the best place to adventure! When I visited in September 2017, I was able to mountain bike! A bike is super accessible and the trails are everywhere!! I hung out at the lake and checked out...  more »

Plan your trip to Wanaka

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

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.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Wanaka by other users

36 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND January, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 36 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND January, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 5 days in Wanaka & Queenstown BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in South Island BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES May, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: May, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 17 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM URUGUAY March, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in South Island BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES May, kids, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: May, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 23 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 29 days in New Zealand & French Polynesia BY A USER FROM CANADA July, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in South Island BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES May, teens, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: May, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 18 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE November, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: November, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 24 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 23 days in South Island BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES May, kids, popular PREFERENCES: May, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans