The Lake Wanaka region offers the freedom to do your own thing,away from the crowds, with breathtaking lakes and mountains as your playground. Wanaka is a year-round destination set against the pristine alpine backdrop ofMount Aspiring National Park, you can still discover that totally relaxedKiwi way of lifeat Lake Wanaka.
Lake Wanaka is the perfect setting for an unhurried weekend getaway, an action packed outdoor adventure, a leisurely family holiday and a photographer’s dream. There’s no shortage of activities for all ages onland, on water or in the air and plenty of reasons to visit Lake Wanaka
Many attractions and adventure sports are within reach of Lake Wanaka. Take ascenic cruiseon the Lake, sample locally madeexquisite wines, orfishat one of the many easily accessible spots. Alternatively, venture into thehills and mountainssurrounding Wanaka.Skiing, heli-skiing, snowboarding,mountain biking,hiking and climbingare all available in this area.
There are many national and international events that take part throughout the year, attracting thousands of people to this beautiful region.Challenge Wanaka, Warbirds Over Wanaka,Festival of Colour,Winter Games,Contact Epic, Rippon and theWanaka A&P Showhave been an integral part of Lake Wanaka for many years now.
Everyone from budget travellers to the luxury lovers can enjoy Lake Wanaka with a wide range ofaccommodationfromholiday parks, backpackers,motels,hotels,hosted bed and breakfasts,holiday homesto secludedboutique lodges.
Direct flightsfrom Christchurch International Airport provide easy accessibility withcars availableat Wanaka Airport. Neighbouring Queenstown is just one hour’s drive away and there are regularbus servicesfrom Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown, Te Anauand the West Coast.
Lake Wanaka is a hub for travelers on a number of touring routes around the South Island includingthe West Coast to and from Nelson and Christchurch throughthe MacKenziecountryand Mt Cook, down toQueenstown,Fiordland and Milford Sound and further afield to the Catlins, Dunedin and Stewart Island.
Wanaka enjoys a continental climate with four distinct seasons and fairly dry weather conditions year round.
The town’s average annual rainfall of 682mm is just half the national average, with most rainfall occurring in spring months. During summer, days are hot and evenings cool, while in winter, days are cold with frost and snow in surrounding mountain ranges.
Spring:October – December: changeable,wettest months. 10 – 19°C
Summer:January – March: hot and dry 16 – 30°C
Autumn:April – June: warm, temperate days, cool nights 10 – 23°C
Winter:July – September: crisp, clear days, cold nights 0 – 14°C
The best time for autumn colours is usually the first two weeks in April.