About Wanaka

Popular for its Summer and Winter activities, beautiful scenery and ‘That Tree’ of course, Wanaka is becoming a popular destination for travelling and relocating to.

Situated in the Otago region the South Island of New Zealand, Wanaka is moving on from being known as ‘Queenstown’s sibling’ and is asserting its own identity. Despite constant growth – in both size and costs – Wanaka retains a laid-back, small-town atmosphere. Days are invariably active here, but evenings are an invitation into a wave of new eateries and some truly individual bars.


Wanaka boasts an increasing number of restaurants, cafes and a diverse nightlife. Other attractions in the town include Puzzling World, and the Paradiso Cinema. There are numerous wineries in the area. Just out of town next to the Wanaka Airport is the National Transport and Toy Museum. Or plan your visit around a fun event like Warbirds over Wanaka.


Several mountains surrounding Wanaka can be climbed, including Roys Peak, Mount Iron, Mount Grand and the Pisa Range, all of which provide views of the surrounding area.


Wanaka has the broadest range of snow activity choices of any town in New Zealand. These include Treble Cone, Cardrona Alpine Resort and Snow Farm, some of New Zealand’s premier commercial ski fields. Wanaka is the main accommodation provider for these resorts and so is very busy in high season (July–September).
In winter, Wanaka is an excellent place to witness and photograph the Southern Lights.


Wanaka is host to outdoor recreation and tourism activities with hiking, mountain biking, mountaineering, fishing, paragliding, kayaking, rafting, jetboating, and environmental activities.