Sweeping alpine views, a ski town feel, stunning lakes – that's what you'll find and more in the Wanaka region.
The unspoilt natural beauty of the Wanaka region is an unforgettable experience. Explore breath-taking mountain scenery, spectacular glaciers, lush rainforests, alpine meadows and crystal-clear lakes and rivers. Wanaka itself hums with the vibe of a genuine alpine town. It’s relaxed yet vibrant, with lakeside bars and cafes where you can unwind after a day of adventures in the mountains.
A great day walk is the Roys Peak Track which provides alpine vistas of Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps. For something a little easier, try the Mount Iron loop track with its panoramic 360 degree views, or a stroll along the Clutha River Outlet Track to photograph the spectacular colours of autumn.
Wanaka has an extensive network of walking and biking trails to suit all abilities. Follow the Lake Wanaka shoreline to picturesque Glendhu Bay; the Hawea River Track connects Wanaka to Lake Hawea; and the Upper Clutha & Newcastle Tracks combine to make a great loop by mountain bike where you can stop at the historic Luggate Hotel for lunch.
The Haast Pass Highway between Wanaka and the West Coast is a spectacular scenic drive through the Southern Alps with numerous scenic viewpoints and short walks to stop at along the way, including Lake Hawea, the Blue Pools, Fantail Falls and the Gates of Haast.
For keen photographers, check out the designated scenic photo points(opens in new window) throughout the region.