The Wanaka Golf Course is a very picturesque 18 hole golf course surrounded by mountains, overlooking the lake, situated on some hills just above the township of Wanaka. The front nine in particular has some very scenic holes, however the whole course is breathtaking with some very good holes. The condition of the course is excellent and the greens are very very good with some challenging undulations. Guests and green fee players are very welcome. In addition to the Pro Shop, there is a practice fairway, practice green and clubhouse with food and drinks, great on a hot day.
Par for the 18 holes is 70 with the front nine being the more established and the better nine in my opinion. I'm not sure what the "signature" hole would be, but numbers 1 and 18 are both excellent dog-leg par fours and any par on these holes is a good par.
If you have the time when in Wanaka, you should come and play a round.
Green fees in 2009 are only $35 - a bargin for the quality of the course.
Equipment: You can hire golf clubs and carts from the fully stocked Pro Shop on course.
As I was missing my Swiss alpine mountains, I decided to go skiing on the NZ Alps... It was a great experience and the surrondings view was outstanding!
At each time I took the detachable 6-seater chairlift I could chat with friendly local skiers/surfers before to run downhill again and again...
Some interesting Ski Area Statistics:
***Winter season from late June to early October
***Operating hours from 9AM to 4PM
***Ski area boundary 550ha (1,359 acres)
***Groomed Terrain over 50ha per night
***Lowest Lift Point 1255m
***Highest Lift Point 1960m
***Summit elevation 2088m (6,850 ft)
***Lift Serviced vertical rise 705m
***Types of lifts: 6 Seater high speed detachable chairlift, Quad fixed grip chairlift, Double chairlift, 1 Tbar and Platter (on beginner slope) + Magic Carpet
***Total Lift capacity 6,905 people/hour
***Snowmaking Area 50 hectares
***Longest groomed run 4.3km (Tims Table to base lodge)
***Terrain Grades - Groomed: Beginner 10%, Intermediate 40%, Advanced 50%
You could rent all ski equipement in sport store at Wanaka (cheaper option) or directly @ TC.
I remember that the full day pass was quite expensive (even for a Swiss...) : around NZ$ 75, but I manage to get a NZ$ 20 discount with my student card. Nowadays I read on the website that ISIC cards are not accepted ;-(.