Rivalling Queenstown with its picture-perfect setting, Wanaka sits on the southern willow-clad shore of Lake Wanaka and is the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park.
The sheer magnitude of snow-capped surrounding peaks, often reflected on the glacial waters of the lake itself, are on every side, bright with alpine flowers in the summer months and clad in snow and glaciers through the winter, with deep forested valleys, rugged rock faces and secluded flats.
Exploration is by scenic flights, bush walks or jetboats.
The 'Siberia Experience'.
The ‘Siberia Experience’, offered by one tried and trusted local company, takes you by light aircraft for stunning views of Mount Aspiring National Park, drops you in Siberia Valley for a three-hour walk through native beech forest into Wilkin Valley where you then board a jet boat for a thrilling and scenic ride - pure New Zealand!
Suggested itineraries featuring Lake Wanaka
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Lake Wanaka, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Lake Wanaka
Places & hotels on the map
Places near Lake Wanaka
- Arrowtown 23 miles away
- Queenstown 33 miles away
- Glenorchy 39 miles away
- Haast & Lake Moeraki 57 miles away
- Twizel 57 miles away
- Milford Sound 60 miles away
- Mount Cook National Park 83 miles away
- Lake Tekapo 83 miles away
- Te Anau & Manapouri 86 miles away
- Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers 96 miles away
- Dunedin 106 miles away
- The Otago Peninsula 111 miles away
- Doubtful Sound 114 miles away
- The Catlins 131 miles away
- Hokitika 165 miles away
- Stewart & Ulva Islands 168 miles away
- Arthur's Pass National Park 172 miles away
- Christchurch 192 miles away
- Akaroa & Banks Peninsula 200 miles away
- Punakaiki 211 miles away
- Hanmer Springs 239 miles away
- Kaikoura 278 miles away
Accommodation choices for Lake Wanaka
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Lake Wanaka. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Ideas for experiencing Lake Wanaka
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Lake Wanaka, and which use the best local guides.