Wanaka is a gorgeous resort town located in South Island of New Zealand. Many of those who visit Wanaka do so with the intent of exploring the Mount Aspiring National Park. Over the past few years, though, many tourists are discovering the beauty of Wanaka as a tourist destination in itself. This has resulted in the rise of restaurants, bars, resorts, and holiday houses Wanaka currently offers to accommodate the needs of visiting tourists.
Before you book any of the holiday houses Wanaka has today, spend a few nights in this gorgeous locale, below is a travel guide to give you an idea of what to expect during your stay.
There are several transportation options you can take to visit Wanaka. First, you can drive your own vehicle. If you are driving from the State Highway 6, take the detour to State Highway 84 and you will be driving for two kilometers. For those driving from State Highway 8, you can go on a detour via State Highways 6, 84 or 8A. You will be driving for 30 kilometers.
There are also bus companies that service tours to Wanaka. If you go on a tour, you can stop by Wanaka and head to other famous tourist attractions such as Fox Glacier, Dunedin, Queenstown, and Christchurch.
Activities in Wanaka
If you decide to book holiday houses Wanaka has to offer, you will have plenty of things to see or do to make the most of your stay. This is a mecca for outdoor adventurers. You can explore any of the following activities in Wanaka: mountain biking, rock climbing, day hikes, skydiving, boating on the river or lake, kayaking or even hire scenic flights to get a different perspective of the area.
If you want to experience a bit of Wanaka’s culture, you can also plan your visit to coincide with major festivals happening in the region. In April, the Festival of Colour is held in Wanaka (this occurs once every two years, though). Meanwhile, an air show called Warbirds Over Wanaka is held during the Easter long weekend. There are over 50 aircrafts showcasing various drills and maneuvers for the crowd.
For those who enjoy shopping, Wanaka has a bit of a limited option due to the size of the town. But there are enough shops to choose from for those wanting to get outdoor gears they can use for their activities. If there is one thing that isn’t lacking, though, it’s the dining and drinking options. The restaurant and bar scene in Wanaka is quite lively!
What More to Explore
One of the reasons why Wanaka continues to be popular with tourists is the fact that there are many other destinations to explore. If you have been able to make the most of your stay in Wanaka, you can enjoy the scenery or go mountaineering at Mount Aspiring National Park. Or, you can explore the highest main road in New Zealand – Queenstown. Better yet, head to Fox Glacier, which is a three-hour drive to the north but the drive is going to be worthwhile with some of the best glacial views you can enjoy!