Wanaka Travel Guide

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Wanaka Things to Do

  • Puzzeling world

    Extremely recommended, a great fun for adults and kids. also a great dear of toys to remember the wonderful experience.NZ$17 per adult. kids NZ$11.

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  • Puzzling World will leave you dizzy

    Wanaka is the site of Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World, which is a "don't miss" for anyone who enjoys visual, spatial, or other types of puzzles. The two main attractions here are the Great Maze, a labyrinth which most people can “solve” in about 90 minutes, and four “illusion rooms” with holograms, strange follow-you-everywhere faces, a room...

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  • See the Warbirds actually flying.

    WARBIRDS OVER WANAKA is an airshow of old aircraft that is held at Wanaka every two years usually at Easter.Next airshow 18/19/20 April 2014 Easterwww.warbirdsoverwanaka.co.nz***2011 Update - The Fighter Pilots' Museum has regrettable closed down ***

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  • Great views of the town

    Just behind teh township of Wanaka and up a hill is a small park with a war memorial. There are also fantastic views over the town and the lake from up here.

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  • The road to the West

    Wanaka is just off State Highway 6 which is the road to the west coast over the Haast Pass. After leaving Wanaka you travel to Albert Town and Hawea. The road continues along the west side of Lake Hawea until The Neck, which is a narrow piece of land between Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka. From here the raod takes you along the east side of Lake Wanaka...

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  • Lake Hawea

    Lake Hawea runs almost parallel with Lake Wanaka and at one place, called The Neck', is as close as 1 km. It is a popular place for water sports and fishing and the mountain streams are good for jet-boating. It is also close to the Wanaka and Cardrona Ski-fields.It is famous for its beautiful blue-green colour and is at its best on a sunny day. The...

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Wanaka Restaurants

  • Somewhere to eat in Wanaka in between...

    Trout is quite a modern restaurant/bar and is one of the Montieth outlets. It is quite a friendly place and was warm on a cold night. Outside dining is available with a view over Lake Wanaka. Mum and I came here by chance as the restaurant we chose was closed and didn't open again until the winter season.I was unable to get a business card or a...

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  • Great Indian

    Bombay Palace may be a chain restaurant with a few locations in various towns, but the one in Wanaka is a great place to get an economic and tasty Indian dish.The interior is modestly decorated with wood floors and tables. It looks more like a mountain lodge, but I guess that could be expected due to the nature of Wanaka's tourist influence.Open 7...

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  • Superb Curry!

    This Kashmiri and Indian restaurant is great, the flavours of the dishes are wholesome and full. A lot of Indian restaurants can taste the same but not this one, the chef does a great mix of herbs and spices to give each dish an amazing flavour. The usual mix of mild, medium and hot, but be warned, the flavours added make each dish taste that...

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  • Extreme Pizza

    A great shist rock and timber beams decor serving some of the best pizza you will find.It has a nice little bar area and when the open fire is roaring in Winter, its superb. It also has a nice outdoor area for summer and the many pleasant evenings Wanaka experiences.It also has a pasta / spagetti menu and a full array of wines & beers and the...

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  • Good pub grub

    When the Cardrona Hotel first opened its doors way back in the 1860s, it was one of four hotels in what was then a booming goldrush town. Now it is one of the little town's last survivors of those times, and those who come to drink at its bar are no longer thirsty miners and stockmen but skiiers and tourists. After many years of neglect and even...

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  • Great Cafe

    This is a great breakfast / lunch or late afternoon dining place. Serves tasty, filling modern food and is BYO. It does a mean coffee as well. It is not open in the evenings or night, except it does have extended hours in the peak of summer.Has a great spot with a courtyard looking down Lake Wanaka and is right in the middle of town.

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Wanaka Nightlife

  • every night in wanaka

    Lalaland is located on level 1 99 Ardmore st which is on the lake front , you have to make your way around the back into the car park where you will see the stare way to lalaland once you have entered lalaland you feel right at homeit is a small bar crowded with comfy couches, dim lighting and good music this all makes lalaland a inviting place to...

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  • Unforgettable movie night

    The Paradiso is a small but unique movie theatre. It is full of character! Even if you are not too intressted in the movie they showing you should go. And go early as there will be a run for the best lounge chairs or sofas eventhough all of them are very comfortable. They will make a break in the middle of the movie and you should try some of the...

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  • Apres Ski

    Shooters is the place to be after a day on the slopes. With happy hour from 5-6 and 9-10, it is full most nights of the week.Good place to drink and dance and share ski stories Not particularly fussy. Probably no shorts.

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Wanaka Transportation

  • Intercity : Franz Josef to Wanaka / to...

    If you're travelling around New Zealand and don't have your own wheels, one of the options available to you is Intercity New Zealand.Intercity have a number of ticket options available to you; these include pass options (so that you can keep your itinerary flexible) as well as single/return journey options.If you need to make a firm itinerary to...

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  • Direct Route Wanaka - Queenstown

    The Crown Range Road is the most direct route between Wanaka and over to Arrowtown or Queenstown. It is a very high road and susceptible to ice and snow during winter months, but the views are stunning.Its only 56kms long with Cardrona skifield and town at the mid point. The other way round (SH 6) takes about 20-30 minutes longer through the gorge.

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Wanaka Local Customs

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    by Tripack Written Aug 15, 2005

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    I should admit that I feel like at home in the South Island, may be the mountainer spirit of the people here remember me my Swiss Alps. For sure you will find locals with strong caracter but always with an incredible sense of humour (see photos). So just break the ice and enjoy your NZ "Alps" stay.

    A warm local welcome ;-)
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Wanaka Warnings and Dangers

  • No room at the inn

    If you're thinking of attending the Warbirds Over Wanaka airshow, you need to make your plans well in ahead. The show is hugely popular and growing more so, with people coming from all over the world to attend. Accommodation in Wanaka and the surrounding district is at an absolute premium, many places being booked out for the two years ahead as...

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  • Ski now... work later...

    Be careful when calling your office to announce that you will not be able to work today becuase of a bad flue (but in fact a great snow powder day session in prospect).Be smart... and do not forget the suncream to avoid fatal clues when going back to work ;-)

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  • Weather/snow conditions

    When you are planning to ski/surf/hicking in the mountain, you always have to know about the snow/weather forecast and avalanche risk level.Jsut have a look to the website link to learn about the current avalanche risk depending on your destination area in NZ.

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Wanaka What to Pack

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    by Tripack Written Aug 15, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take warm clothes when skiig to be comfortable during your day ski session.

    Do not forget to take gloves, hats, warm socks: the body ends are highly exposed to the cold effects, be sure that you always feel sensations in your toes, fingers, ears to avoid frostbite.

    Goggles must be adapted to the weather conditions: large goggles are useful in case of wind, white/foggy day. Sun reflection are high on snow or glacier so protect your eyes.

    Suncream is also a must to avoid alpine sunburn on your face... and making laugh your colleagues after a ski week-end ;-)

    I will survive...
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Wanaka Off The Beaten Path

  • Cascade Saddle Trek

    This is a hard alpine route that is in the Mt Aspiring National Park.The best way to do it is to start form the Aspiring Hut which is some 9kms or 2 hours in from the Raspberry Creek Car Park. From the hut, you climb quite steeply upto an area 1800 meters high known as the pylon. From here you are in alpine territory thru to the Cascade Saddle...

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  • My Off The Snowy Beaten Path...

    Treble Cone is also reputated for off-piste skiing for advanced skiers and snowboarders. You will find here more advanced terrain for the off-piste powder skiing enjoyment. Just look at the snow/weather forcats for the next powder session.Treble Cone offers one of the best freeriding terrain in the region for snowboarders. There are great natural...

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  • DRIVE THE SCENIC HAAST PASS

    From Wanaka, we were heading to the west coast, so we followed State Highway 6across the Clutha River at Albert Town and onto Lake Hawea Hydro Dam, 10kms from Wanaka. This lake is vivid blue because of the depth of the water - 410 metres.The road then follows the shore of Lake Hawea to the Neck, a narrow strip of land separating Lakes Wanaka and...

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Wanaka Sports & Outdoors

  • Golf in Paradise

    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...

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  • Go skiing @ Treble Cone

    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...

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Wanaka Favorites

  • STRAW BALE HOMES

    We have friends who are very interested in building straw bale houses. To our surprise, we saw a few in Wanaka, very nice ones, and quite a few different designs. They were very popular, and you can stay in one too!We had a look around, took photos, and found out about the company for them. If you are interested in this type of building, then you...

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  • The 10 FIS Golden Rules for Conduct

    International Ski Federation recommend 10 basic rules to keep the snow pleasure at its best.1. Respect for othersA skier or snowboarder must behave in such a way that he does not endanger or prejudice others.2. Control of speed and skiing or snowboardingA skier or snowboarder must move in control. He must adapt his speed and manner of skiing or...

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  • Relief stop.

    At the south end of the waterfront part of town, you can find a couple of auto loos (toilets). They are the kind that close up and clean themselves periodically through the day. So most always they will be clean and fresh. With pushbutton electric doors and locks, they take a second or two to work out but once done you find them very convenient....

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  • kiwi's Profile Photo
    Jan 3, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Middle of summer and it's snowing on the Crown Range - typical kiwi weather, can be anything :-))

 
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