Wānaka 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.
Several mountains surrounding Wānaka can be climbed, including Roys Peak, Mount Iron, Mount Grand and the Pisa Range, all of which provide views of the surrounding area.
Wānaka 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.
Wānaka is the main accommodation provider for these resorts and so is very busy in high season (July–September).
In winter, Wānaka is an excellent place to witness and photograph the Southern Lights.
Wānaka is host to outdoor recreation and tourism activities with hiking, mountain biking, mountaineering, fishing, paragliding, kayaking, rafting, jetboating, and environmental activities.