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“Lovely town to relax and unwind” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Wanaka

Wanaka
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Ranked #2 of 74 things to do in Wanaka
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Owner description: Wanaka is a gorgeous place on wanaka lake.
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Lovely town to relax and unwind”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014

Wanaka is used as a base for many skiers and boarders during the colder seasons. I stayed here during Summer and it's a perfect place to use as your base to prepare or recover from walks in the area.

Visited December 2013
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“A lovely place for more active people”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2014

After a fairly strenuous day the day before we decided to be less active and take the bus from Queenstown. A 9.15 departure got us in at about 11.45 so we had 5 hours to explore Wanaker (not cheap at $65 return each). A little look round the shops and restaurants in the centre was followed by a beer for me and a hot chocolate for her. After that we just had a walk around the lakeside and relaxed on a seat to eat our snack lunch and watch the world go round. That was very pleasant because of the beautiful scenery and the air quality but that was about it. We found more shops to browse in and had another beer before returning to the bus. There are plenty of activities for more active people so I do not want to sound too negative. The bus ride is quite fun with all the hairpin bends and, again, good scenery.

Visited January 2014
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Darwin, Australia
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Beautiful Town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2014

Wanaka is a stunningly beautiful little town. If you're travelling around the South Island, make sure you stop here for at least a night, don't just blow through!

Visited November 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Wanaka on a clear day is simply stunning”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2014

I agree with the assessment of JohnzSydney (below) "Wanaka rates as my favourite town in South Island. While less famous than Queenstown, it is smaller, more manageable, less pretentious and equally fun. Plenty to do, great places to eat and people are so friendly".

We also loved Wanaka and could hardly believe its' beauty for such a small community. When you turn the corner and first view the town, the views are simply breath taking. So very much to do here, just try everything. We will definitely return to Wanaka. Loved it more than Queenstown which is much bigger, brasher, very commercial and noisier. Give us oldies Wanaka any day !

Visited March 2013
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Sydney
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“Best town in NZ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2013

Wanaka rates as my favourite town in South Island. While less famous than Queenstown, it is smaller, more manageable, less pretentious and equally fun. Plenty to do, great places to eat and people are so friendly. Try the mountain biking tracks (and this from a non biker), drive up Matukittuki valley (some easy walks there also to break up the driving), adventure stuff galore etc. Stay for days / weeks / years.

Visited December 2013
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