Wanaka is a lovely quiet peaceful environment, with wonderful views and scenery. There is a lot of variation from sightseeing around the vineyards, boating, skiing, etc, to just relaxing and 'soaking' up the tranquility & vistas.
Would definitely recommend as a place to visit/stay, quieter than the 'bustle' of Queenstown, but centrally located between Central Otago & the West Coast.
I'VE STAYED IN WANAKA FOR A HOLIDAY FOR THE LAST FIVE YEARS, & IT HAS NEVER LET US DOWN. THE SCENERY, THE SKIING, THE FOOD, THE PUBS, ARE ALWAYS FANTASTIC, & THE PEOPLE IN THE TOWN ARE ALWAYS FRIENDLY & WILLING TO HELP.
Lovely little town w/ nice shopping and dining options. We mainly just relaxed here at the end of a long vacation, but it seemed like a great spot for water activities in summer and skiing in the winter.
Beautiful place, even if you aren't snowboarding the drive up to trebly done is awesome. Mt Aspiring national park is beautiful and cardrona is a fun and friendly mountain to ski or board.
Wanaka is a gorgeous little town, fabulous laid back atmosphere. Loved the hiking and mountain biking in the area so much, this was our second time to visit the place.
Close to Queenstown which is handy.
Wanaka seemed to me to be a very clean town. It was good to see that the lake front was still visible from everywhere - not built out by some high rise apartment.
While it has grown since my last visit many years ago, it still seems to be a very compact town, easy to get around, and friendly.
Fabulous hiking cycling, skiing, boating, all in natures beauty. A stunning area with wineries galore within 30 minutes by car.
It is paradise on earth!
The lake is beautiful, there is a curry shop at the town center called sagoon curry and its slogan is "best curry in a hurry".
The food is relatively the cheapest in the location, both the chicken and lamb curry is good at that price.
Plenty of pubs and nightclubs for young people. Aquatic activities for summer, skiing for winter. Always impressive scenery.
It is a smaller and MUCH quieter version of Queenstown. But Wanaka has the better ski slopes....Cordova was awesome.
Needs a nice slow cruise to go up and down the lake, so can get a wonderful look around this beautiful part of NZ.