Getting to Wanaka
Queenstown International Airport (ZQN) is the closest airport to Wanaka and is located less than sixty kilometres away. Served by Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia, Qantas and Jetstar, ZQN features direct service from points across New Zealand as well as Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast.
The scenic drive to Wanaka from Queenstown is via route 6, a winding route that travels along areas of pristine lakes and dense forest. There are a number of coach and bus services that provide daily service to Wanaka from Queenstown, Christchurch and other South Island centres.
Things to see & do
Mt. Aspiring National Park – Whether it’s a scenic flight over the towering mountain peaks, hiking the tracks and trails through the wilderness or jet boating through the many lakes and canals that are found nestled within the ranges, there are many ways to experience the stunning beauty of Mt. Aspiring National Park. The highlight of the park is Mt. Aspiring itself. Featuring icy glaciers and gorgeous panoramic cliff tops, New Zealand’s tallest peak outside the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park will not disappoint.
Lake Wanaka – Lake Wanaka is over 40 kilometres long and more than 300 metres deep, making it one of New Zealand’s largest inland bodies of water. With a number of small island sanctuaries to explore, the lake is also popular for sports and recreation, especially swimming, fishing and boating.
Skiing and Snowboarding – Skiing and snowboarding are one of the most popular outdoor activities when visiting Wanaka. With five world-class ski areas to choose from, the Wanaka area is a must for any winter sport enthusiast.
National Transport and Toy Museum – Encompassing four enormous buildings, the National Transport and Toy Museum houses over 600 classic cars and vehicles, 12 aircraft and thousands of toys and other collectible items. Offering a fascinating look back at the last one hundred years of transport, this enormous private collection is one of the largest of its kind in the world.
Where to stay in Wanaka
From holiday homes and apartments to hotels and bed and breakfasts, Wanaka offers a plentiful selection of boutique style accommodation. Whatever type of lodging you prefer, most Wanaka properties offer spectacular locations whether they be along a quiet lake, within a pristine forest or beside a rushing river. Bed and breakfasts usually include a lunch and dinner while apartments and holiday homes provide complete living utensils and supplies.
Camping is a wonderful way to experience the beautiful outdoors around Wanaka. Luxury motorhome tours are one of the most popular ways to enjoy New Zealand’s natural beauty and there are many conveniently located sites near the Wanaka attractions.
The beauty of Wanaka accommodation is that there is something for everyone. Whether you choose a secluded retreat, ensconced in your own private luxury getaway or prefer a more social setting with the chance to meet the locals and visitors from around the world, the Wanaka lodging scene is enticing.