Lake Wanaka lies in the heart of a world heritage park renowned for its wonderful recreational activities and diverse landforms of glaciers, snowfields, rock bluffs, alpine meadows, forests and river flats.
A significant number of spectacular events take place in Wanaka on a regular basis. Some of these include the Downtown Big Air Competition, Warbirds over Wanaka, and the World Heli Challenge.
The surrounding lakes and rivers offer some of the best fly fishing in the world. The rivers are stocked with rainbow and brown trout.
Wanaka is a skier's and snowboarder's paradise, with 3 major ski resorts, heliskiing and cross country skiing all at the visitors doorstep.
Mt Aspiring National Park is a hiker's mecca. Short hikes, day hikes and week long excursions are all available.
With the melting snow, vibrant new life takes hold around the countryside of Lake Wanaka. Clean alpine air stirs new-born animals and wild flowers color the landscape. Skis and snowboards make way for mountain bikes and athletes jogging country roads and mountain tracks.
Scenic flights over the alpine region allow visitors to capture on film pristine splendor, while tandem sky-diving gives an exhilarating perspective of the landscape.
Anglers check their tackle bags as the new fishing season approaches in the lakes and rivers of the region as high country creeks fill with melting snow.
Some of the best and most experienced mountain guides in the world prepare to guide groups and individuals up some of the most majestic peaks in New Zealand.
Summer brings cloudless, hot, sunny days.
The temperature can reach 34°C/93°F but averages 23°C/73°F.
Little wonder that New Zealanders flock to Lake Wanaka for their summer break and that more and more international visitors are joining them in discovering the region. Sip wine at a local vineyard on the lake-shore or spend a day or three fishing one of the great valley rivers. Up the ante with a little adventure: canyoning, climbing, river surfing or sky-diving. Or simply idle the days away swimming, cafe-cruising and day dreaming... summer is a great time to visit.
Autumn is a spectacular time of year for photographers who want to make the most of the autumn colours and lake reflections. Nature expresses itself beautifully in autumn with a kaleidoscope of colors from dazzling golds to vivid reds.
In late March the arts come together with the Wanaka Autumn Arts Festival. Passionate students learn from professional artists in this week-long school that attracts hundreds of people to share their creativity.
Between July and September New Zealand's most varied array of snow sports kick in to life. The two downhill areas of Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone attract international teams, families from around the world and a large number of people taken aback by the great snow and dry air resembling a continental climate.
Add to this the Snowpark, a dedicated freestyle area and the Snowfarm, New Zealand's only Nordic area and lodging. If that is not enough, board a helicopter and separate the powder on one of 200 undisturbed peaks that extend from the sides of Lake Wanaka west to the main divide.
The snow resorts are all within 35 minutes driving time of Wanaka. This means you reside out of the snow and can still partake in all Wanaka has to offer. Bush walks, scenic flights, fishing and golf are all prime activities at this time of year.
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