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Rivaling 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'

Flight over Mount Aspiring National Park, Siberia Experience, WanakaThe ‘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.

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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

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    Places near Lake Wanaka

    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.

    • Wanaka Alpine Lodge

      Wanaka Alpine Lodge

      First Class

      A warm welcome, home baking, great views and spacious rooms make this modern B&B just outside Wanaka a comfortable and quiet base from which to explore the region.

    • View from Weka Cottage, Mahu Whenua

      Mahu Whenua


      A mountainous luxury property that offers a homey stay and has sweeping mountain views, fine food, and a range of activities.

    • Copper Beech Wanaka, Wanaka

      Copper Beech Wanaka

      First Class

      Located near the alpine town of Wanaka, this contemporary and comfortable B&B is named after the tree that adorns its sweeping front lawn.

    • Wanaka Haven

      Wanaka Haven

      First Class

      Wanaka Haven is a modern and luxurious property, located five minutes from Lake Wanaka, and ideally placed for exploration of this stunning area.

    • Lakeside Serviced Apartments, Wanaka

      Lakeside Serviced Apartments

      First Class

      Lakeside Service Apartments offers spacious and stylish apartments with uninterrupted vistas across the lake to the snow-capped mountains beyond.

    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.

    • The Siberia Experience
      Jet boat, Siberia Experience

      The Siberia Experience

      The Siberia Experience

      The Siberia Experience offers you a selection of New Zealand's best adventurous activities all in one day.

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