Discover Wanaka
Milford Sound Scenic Flight
The flight to Milford Sound is as impressive as the Sound itself. From Wanaka you fly over lakes, mountains and remote forest fringed beaches before you fly up the full length of the Sound to reach your destination. This is country that is inaccessible except on foot, by boat or by plane. Mt Aspiring is one of New Zealand's most beautiful peaks, surrounded by permant icefields and glaciers. You arrive back in time to enjoy an afternoon at your accommodation or exploring the township of Wanaka.

fitness advisable: basic
duration: half day, 4 hours total
cost: $460 pp including boat cruise
season: year round
Helicopter Excursions
The ultimate heli traverse of the Southern Alps to circle Mt Aspiring, one of New Zealand's most beautiful mountains, with big permanant icefields and glaciers, two landings and a breathtaking return over Lake Wanaka. The flight lasts approximately one hour. Helicopters are the ultimate way to see the kind of wilderness New Zealand has to offer.

fitness advisable: basic
duration: 1.5 hours
cost: from $495 per person
season: year round
Winery Tours
Central Otago has burgeoned as the fastest growing wine region in New Zealand and the premier region for Pinot Noir wines. British winewriter Jancis Robinson MW listed Central Otago among the top five wine producing regions in the New World and Robert Parker has followed suit. Between 10 minutes and half an hour away are some of the first established wineries and some of the country's best. They are all small boutique wineries, where the owners and wine makers are equally passionate about their product. Gain an insight into the regions history and produce. Small group tours, lunch included.

fitness advisable: basic
duration: full day or half-day
cost: $235 pp full day, $185 half day
season: year round
wanaka enchantment package

Mt Aspiring
Milford Flight
Mou Waho
Rippon Vineyard
Raft the Clutha River
Pioneer Rafting run a half-day 22km eco rafting trip on a beautiful section of the Clutha Mata-Au River. The easiest water comes first, then the more challenging "Snake Rapids with a stop on the riverbank to pick Tea-Tree tea and boil the billy. There is time for native bird encounters and gold-panning, before running the "Pioneer Rapid" and the amazing Devil's Nook whirlpool. Not an adrenaline trip but rather you will learn a gread deal about the history of the area as well as the river environement and rafting skills.
Departs 1pm. Returns 5pm.

fitness advisable: basic
duration: full day
cost: $145 pp half day $195pp full day
season: october - april

Wanaka Township
You can happily spend half a day exploring Wanaka's art galleries, shops and cafes and wandering the idyllic lakeside. There are some lovely walks leading out from town towards the Lake Outlet or along the west shoreline towards Rippon Vineyard. Take a picnic and sit on a quiet beach. The town also has good spa and treatment facilities if you need a massage after a hard day's hiking. Sometimes it is nice just to have a free day or half-day free from activities to discover the place you are in. Some of our favourite restaurants and cafes include Bistro Gentil, Francesca's, The Landing, Relishes, The White House, Federal Diner.
Mou Waho Island Eco Excursion
Near the centre of Lake Wanaka is Mou Waho Island, a unique glacial remnant of the last ice age, the island is craggy and forested with several beaches and near the top is an idyllic little lake called the Arethusa Pool. The walk up to the pool from the boat landing is 15-20 minutes and you will get panoramic views of Lake Wanaka. The island serves now as a sanctuary and wildlife on the island includes Buff Weka, N.Z Falcon, Wood Pigeon, Bellbird, Tim tit, Fantail, Wax Eye, Greywarbler, occasional Kaka and Geko Lizards. This is a guided trip with excellent advice on the birdlife, history and geology of the area. A tree is planted for each trip.

fitness advisable: moderate
duration: half day
cost: $195 per person
season: october - april