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on Wanaka

North facing, sunny and laid out along the shores of Lake Wanaka.

Permanent population approx 3,500 (2001 census)

No traffic lights!

The main shopping area is down by the lake edge with a great variety of shops including a supermarket.

What to do in Wanaka >

Relax and enjoy>


Winter Adventure>



Wine tours>

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Around Wanaka

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Lake Wanaka is a relaxing all year round destination, with superb cafes, restaurants, shops and popular winter and summer outdoor pursuits...the perfect place for a holiday.

Lake Wanaka lies at the heart of the Southern Lakes, New Zealand 's alpine wonderland, in the southwest of the South Island . Wanaka's township is situated in a dramatic glacier-carved basin on the shores of the lake and is the gateway to the Mt Aspiring National Park World Heritage Area.

For today's travellers, Wanaka offers an unspoilt haven for adventure. Here you will find the least crowded snow, crystal clear fishing waters and a diverse landscape where golden tussock terraces meet forested slopes and glaciers.


Taste the wine from our vineyards, feel the finest wool from our Merino sheep, take in the unbelievable views, or partake in the many adrenaline adventures.

Wanaka's population of 3,500 multiplies to 10,000 over the winter months. World class Snow sport areas, reliable snow, stable weather and miles of breathtaking mountains have ensured Wanaka's winter reputation.


Wanaka's cafes, restaurants and bars offer a sumptuous selection of food and wine, with a wide variety of accommodation designed to relax.

The beauty of the Wanaka region is unforgettable. Everything is here. Above all Wanaka is different. Come and experience it for yourselves.