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Nestled at the base of Lake Wanaka and the Mount Aspiring world heritage National park Wanaka still has a small villagy feel about it. In the last seven years between 2006 and 2013 Wanaka has nearly doubled in resident population. A feat no other town in the area can claim. As a result the town has the sparkle of newness in many of its restaurants, bars. The ski shops, glamour wool shops and special gifts, apparal and local art works receive their fair share of the tourist market with the friendliness of the shop keepers encouraging guests to return for their purchases.
Bed and breakfasts are a growing industry where overseas guests are treated to a huge range of high quality new homes opening their doors to international guests. Bed and breakfast accommodation is a great way to meet the locals where everything is in “Wanaka Time”. Wanaka time is where everything happens at a relaxed pace and everyone has time for international guests.
Tourism operators abound of all descriptions. Here at Montrose bed and breakfast we have noted the most exciting and enjoyable activities the adventure seekers enjoy in the summer are: Deep Canyoning; Sky Diving; Horse Back Riding; Jet Boating; Rock Climbing; Kayaking; Parasailing; Biking; Swimming.
Those wanting a lesser rush enjoy Puzzling World; Transport and Toy Musemn; Cinema Paradiso; Have a Shot (mini golf, driving, rifle shooting, archery etc); Rippon Vineyard for wine tasting and views; garden visits; fishing. The golf course is basically in the centre of town and Phil from Montrose Bed & reakfast is always keen for a game.
The scenery is supurb and for those reluctant to walk we do encourage to drive around the many scenic areas to view the may changes in the scenery around the lake. Drive around west Wanaka further than Glendue Bay to view the pretty geen flats; stunning rocky terrain, and a rambling of seeming island in th lake. No where in New Zealand is the sky so blue and the blue is echoed in the waters of the lake.
Lake Wanaka area is a treasure trove of day walks and longer. It is possible to take a different walk every day for a fortnight. Most walks are in the open to view the fantastic scenery.
The top walk would have to be the Rob Roy Glacier valley. About a 3 ½ hour walk return but allow all day as the drive to Raspberry Flat where the walk begins takes time. Check with the local DOC office before you go for the weather forcast in the valley and whether the road is passible as your vehicle will need to cross several river fords. If you don't have a vehicle the trampers shuttle goes to Raspberry flat daily. The shuttle can pick up from your accommodation.
Other very popular walks include Mount Iron; Roys Peak; Diamond Lakes / Rocky Mountain; Isthmus Peak; Lake Walks both ways (Waterfall Creek and out to Eely Point, Beacon Point.) The outlet track beside the Clutha is a good sheltered walk and part of the Wanaka Challenge Triathalon course.
Make Wanaka a must on your New Zealand Tour. Most of our guests are deeply sad they have not scheduled more days in Wanaka their itinary and leave promising to return. Here at Montrose we are happy to help our guests in any way we can including advice, scheduling breakfasts according to guests timetables , helping with bookings for here or other destinations. http://www.wanakabedbreakfast.co.nz