Discover Wanaka

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Where To Find Us


Located in the heart of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, Lake Wanaka is a scenic 50-minute drive from Queenstown International Airport.

With regular daily domestic flights from throughout NZ and over 50 flights per week from Australia, getting to Wanaka is easy. Scheduled shuttle services between Queenstown Airport and Wanaka are frequent or charter services are available for larger groups. All major rental car companies are located at Queenstown Airport.

Wanaka is only a 3-hour drive from Dunedin, 5-hours from Christchurch, 2.5 hours from Mount Cook or 3 hours from Fox Glacier on the West Coast.

Scenic Highlights

The lakefront town of Wanaka is a four season destination set against the stunning backdrop of the Southern Alps. Wanaka is the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Area – a pristine alpine paradise of towering peaks, thundering waterfalls, spectacular glaciers, rainforest, rivers and valleys.

An authentic ski town, in winter Wanaka is a buzz with visitors enjoying NZ’s best skiing and snowboarding. Spring is a spectacular season with wild flowers and blossoms; and summer days are long and hot with the lake ideal for swimming. In autumn the trees are ablaze with golden leaves and the days are warm, perfect for hiking, biking or kayaking.

What’s On (Annual Events)

Rhythm & Alps (January)
Challenge Wanaka (February)
A&P Show (March)
Warbirds over Wanaka (Easter, biannual)
Festival of Colour (April, biannual)
Contact Epic Bike Race (April)
NZ Mountain Film Festival (July)
Merino Muster (September)

Conference Venues and Facilities

There's a reason you take business events off site. Different surroundings for different results, right?

Lake Wanaka is the destination that can offer that difference. When every corporate venue looks the same, Wanaka’s venues are guaranteed to inspire and motivate your staff or delegates. With a variety of unique facilities capable of hosting functions up to 1,000 delegates, Wanaka has a versatile portfolio to suit most events from intimate offsite team meetings to large-scale trade exhibitions and everything in between.

Accommodation

A complete range of accommodation is available in Wanaka from hotels for large groups to boutique luxury lodges for exclusive corporate retreats; serviced apartments, motels, homely B&Bs and humble campsites.

Unforgettable Experiences

With Mt Aspiring National Park in Wanaka's backyard there's no shortage of opportunities to experience the majesty of its glaciers, rainforest, waterfalls and mountains. Days can begin with a helicopter flight for breakfast on a glacier, then rendezvous with a jet-boat for an exhilarating ride into the wild, swap the jet-boat for a 4WD and finish the day watching the sunset over the lake from the top of mountain with a glass of local pinot noir.

For adrenaline junkies there’s the chance to skydive from 15,000ft over the Southern Alps; accelerate faster than a Formula 1 car in the world’s only 4-seater jet-sprint boat; or take the wheel of a sports car at the Southern Hemisphere’s only winter ice driving experience! If you prefer to slow down and indulge in exclusive luxury then a night at Minaret Station or lunch at the Whare Kea mountain chalet might be more your cup of tea – both only accessible by helicopter.