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.
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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.
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
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
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
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
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