Both a summer and a winter destination, Wanaka offers year round adventure. The Wanaka region has an unparalleled selection of short hikes, day walks and wilderness adventures. With its two lakes, many rivers and big skies, the valley is also popular for mountainbiking, kayaking, climbing, fishing, canyoning and skydiving. We've put together some "accommodation plus activity packages" to help you make the best of your stay here. The guides we suggest are the best but there are many unguided as well as guided options so please enquire if you want further advice.
From the end of June until early October, Wanaka is a ski and snowboard resort with two downhill fields, heliskiing and a x-country resort. The fields are some of the highest in the country with reliable snow, an unrivalled variety of terrain, superb views and uncrowded slopes. The town changes character to become a humming ski town. July through to mid-September are the key winter months. In a good season July can offer great powder, as can August. Generally September is moving towards Spring skiing.
Wanaka has a special "village" character. It is also very beautiful, with the backdrop of the Southern Alps, two majestic alpine lakes and New Zealand's largest river, the Clutha, which runs along the northern boundary of Riverrun. For those who are wanting less adventure and more relaxation there are wildlife cruises to the lake's island reserves, eco rafting trips on the clutha river, winery tours and magnificent scenic flights around Mt Aspiring and to Milford Sound. The Golf Course is popular and has superb views and there are excellent cafes, restaurants, shops and small galleries.
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