With over 193 square kilometres of crystal clear waters and surrounded by mountains, Lake Wanaka is the ideal location for any watersport enthusiast or keen skiier. Have a go at cross country skiing, take a scenic boat cruise or if you're feeling really brave, skydive!
Wanaka is a famous resort town in the Central Otago region of New Zealand.Its the gateway to the Southern Alps' Mount Aspiring National Park, icy glaciers, lush forests and crystal clear lakes.
Wanaka is also known for its food and wine. The Central Otago wines are among the most celebrated in the world. You'll also find world-class restaurants and cafes, wineries and even an artesian distillery. Do visit The Wanaka Gourmet Kitchen, The Big Fig Wanaka and Francesca's Italian Kitchen.
The long sunny days during summer in Wanaka offers the best time for adventures. Winters have frosty mornings and clear skies. Six international ski areas are open, and winter is the best time for snowboarding, heli-skiing and snowshoeing.
Try out kayaking, mountain climbing and skydiving. The mighty Clutha river kayak is a 22km long route full of twists turns and 1-2 grade rapids. Spend half a day kayaking at lake Wanaka and catch glimpses of Stevensons Island, The Peninsula and Glendhu Bay.
Ruby Island is a jewel in Lake Wanaka. Take a cruise to Ruby Island and enjoy the paradise with mountain views behind and the serene lake. The Happy Hour cruise is a trip around Ruby Island, Waterfall creek and Stevenson's peninsula. Enjoy the local wine, beer and cheese boards on board as you take in the spectacular views around you.
On your way, discover the Wanaka lone tree which is one of the most photographed trees in New Zealand. It has the most spectacular seascapes that come alive during the evening and is just like a cherry on top of the cake!