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Lake Wanaka

Wanaka 9343, New Zealand
+64 3-443 2869
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Wanaka 9343, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

For one it's gorgeous. In January and February at least it is warm enough for swimming. Surrounded by steep mountains Lake Wanaka is an absolute gem. There's loads to do and eat just like Queenstown but better.

Thank Steve W
Reviewed 3 days ago

I spend some of stay in Wanaka (2 weeks) down or around the lake. there are plenty to do, Parasailing, Paddle boarding, jet-skies, etc or just relax, swim and look at the stunning views of the mountains.

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What a beautiful spot and great people. Away from the bussle of Queenstown but easier to drive there if needed. Loads of activities, great restaurants and bars. Everyone so relaxed So many activities too. Very happy in our choice of destination

Thank davidtwiggs
Reviewed 4 days ago

Wanaka is beautiful on its own, but does not have the hustle and bustle of queenstown, still maintaining its charm. There are so many great activities around the lake in Mt Aspiring National Park and right next to Lake Hawea

Thank havertydaniel
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This lake is stunning. It’s unmissable from various parts of Wanaka! Be sure to go and see the famous tree growing out of the water...

Thank NaomiF2901
Reviewed 6 days ago

We arrived on a sunny day. The water was sparkling, people were swimming and using paddle boards. With the mountains in the background, it was a gorgeous sight. Although the town is more built up than in the past, it is still a pretty small...More

Thank ohiowanderer
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

At first, we tried the beach in town. This was a no go as the lack of shelter from trees meant it was like being in a wind tunnel. We then tried Eely point (far left side) which had a lot of trees to provide...More

Thank Daniel M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wanaka is a great Base for some fabulous walks. We got some good tips from the local information centre (they are always good in NZ and are worth visiting for local tips). We had intended walking up Roys Peak but the information Centre people told...More

1  Thank SteveDDD
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We drove down from the North and were treated with views that will remain with me forever. Spectacular views of the lake and would recommend that you stop at all the various designated lookout points and more if you have got time to appreciate the...More

Thank Alan C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Drive away from the town, and my favourite was up the road towards and past lake Hawea. There are two great viewpoints

Thank kangelini
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17 June 2017|
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Response from maysi02 | Reviewed this property |
If you want some exercise, the nearest Big Hill is Mt Roy. Drive 6 km N to the car park on the W of the road. The higher you go, the more you can see.
21 February 2017|
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Response from WellTraveled3 | Reviewed this property |
You might do the stargazing tour at the top of the Skyline Gondola before you leave Queenstown. It is excellent and the telescopes and commentary are first rate. They start at 10PM and go for about an hour and the sky is... More
5 October 2015|
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Response from Babsy52 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Stay in Wanaka, there are plenty of motels, hotels etc. Go and see the Wanaka Tree in Glendu Bay, the most photographed tree in the world. Boat trips on the lake. You can do a short drive to the Cardrona Hotel, have a... More