Wanaka Winery

Things to do in Wanaka

Embark on an adventure in the captivating town of Wanaka, New Zealand, surrounded by stunning mountain ranges and the pristine Lake Wanaka. Located in the heart of the South Island, this picturesque destination offers a wide range of experiences to elevate your visit. Whether you're seeking relaxation in Central Wanaka, adrenaline-pumping activities in nearby Cardrona, or a blend of both, Wanaka has something extraordinary for the whole family. Let's uncover the wonders that await in this charming corner of the world.

1. Winery Tours in Wanaka: Sip and Savour by Lake Wanaka

Wanaka is surrounded by world-class wineries that produce some of New Zealand's finest wines. Take a break from your adventures and enjoy a delightful wine-tasting day trip. Taste exquisite local wines while enjoying the stunning vineyards and incredible lake views. Make sure to visit Rippon Vineyard, Maude Wines and Paddons Paddock. Pick up some local wine, return to your cosy Wanaka accommodation and toast to the day's discoveries.

Wanaka Winery View Overlooking Lake Wanaka

2. Horseback Riding in Cardrona: Embrace Adventure on Majestic Trails

For a taste of the Wild West, head to Cardrona, just a short drive from Wanaka town, for an unforgettable horseback riding adventure. The Cardrona Valley is famous for its rolling hills and rustic charm, making it the ideal backdrop for horseback riding. Giddy up and unearth serene landscapes – it's one of the most memorable things to do around Wanaka.

Rolling hills in Cardrona Valley

3. 4WD Tour: Off-Roading Adventures with Panoramic Views

Adrenaline junkies visiting Wanaka will love the local 4WD tours. These off-roading adventures will take you deep into the rugged backcountry, where you can explore remote areas inaccessible by regular vehicles. Buckle up and prepare for an exhilarating ride as you traverse rocky terrain, cross streams, and soak in the breathtaking panoramas of the surrounding mountains in the Wanaka region. Make sure you pause to capture the incredibly scenic views before returning to your relaxing Wanaka retreat.

4. Hiking in Wanaka: Unforgettable Journeys Through Nature's Playground

Visit Wanaka to discover a diverse range of hiking trails that showcase the region's stunning natural beauty. Lace up your boots and hit the Mt Iron Track, a relatively easy hike that rewards hikers with gorgeous views. Looking for a more challenging hike? The Roy's Peak Track and Rocky Mountain Track will provide an unparalleled sense of accomplishment. For those seeking a multi-day adventure, the nearby Mt Aspiring National Park offers tracks traversing pristine wilderness, glacial valleys and alpine landscapes. Afterwards, return to your Wanaka home to unwind and recharge.

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5. Learn to Fly in Wanaka: Reach New Heights with Majestic Views

Are you ready to take to the skies? Wanaka offers the perfect opportunity to fulfill your aviation dreams. Whether you're interested in becoming a pilot or simply want to experience the thrill of flying, Wanaka has flight schools that cater to all levels of aviation enthusiasts. Soar above the Southern Alps and take in the stunning aerial views of Lake Wanaka and the surrounding landscapes, including the majestic Mt. Aspiring National Park. Learning to fly here is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you'll cherish forever, and your Wanaka holiday home offers the perfect base to relax after your flight training.

Wanaka Airport with small plane on runway

6. Hit the dirt: Mountain Biking Adventures in Wanaka

Wanaka, New Zealand, offers an extensive network of mountain bike trails suitable for riders of all skill levels. Not far from the Wanaka township, you'll find the famous Sticky Forest, known for its flowing singletrack and stunning views. For a more challenging ride, head to the Cardrona Bike Park, where you can test your skills on the downhill tracks or enjoy a scenic cross-country ride. Your Wanaka home provides a well-deserved respite after a day of biking.

7. Glacier Landing on Mt. Aspiring: Luxury Accommodation with a View

For the grand finale of your Wanaka adventure, embark on a scenic flight to Mount Aspiring. This snow-capped peak is an iconic part of New Zealand's Southern Alps. Experience the sheer beauty of this alpine wonderland as your helicopter lands on a glacier. Step out onto the pristine snow, breathe in the crisp mountain air, and take in the 360-degree views that extend as far as the eye can see. It's a truly magical experience that will leave you in awe of nature's grandeur, and your luxury accommodation in Wanaka offers the perfect sanctuary to relive this unforgettable journey.

Mount Aspiring From an Air Craft

As you plan your visit to Wanaka, New Zealand, secure a Luxury Rentals Home for a convenient and comfortable stay. Having your own private space to relax and recharge after your adventures will make your trip even more enjoyable. Plus, it's the perfect place to unwind with a glass of local wine and relive the incredible experiences you've had in this stunning corner of New Zealand.

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For further information about Wanaka's attractions and activities, visit www.lakewanaka.co.nz

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