Wanaka is still a well kept secret! It is a relaxing, all year round destination, with superb cafes, restaurants, shops and popular winter and summer outdoor pursuits. Only a vineyard tour from Queenstown airport (55 minute drive), you will arrive to breath taking views of our magnificent lakes and mountains.
The guide book Lonely Planet describes Wanaka as "a sporty laid back town which offers a sharp contrast to the hype of Queenstown".
Wanaka is the gateway and perfect base for walking and hiking in the Mt Aspiring National Park. You will be totally spoilt for choice with day hikes including the Rob Roy Glacier, Diamond Lakes, Mt Roy and Mt Iron to name but a few. The Te Wanaka Lodge Team can assist you with recommendations, trail maps and any information you may need.
Wanaka also has some fantastic multi-day guided hikes - we can recommend experienced guiding companies and look forward to hosting you on your return to Te Wanaka Lodge.
Enjoy some of the most spectactular scenery in New Zealand. You can experience good numbers of rainbow or brown trout both in our lake and local rivers. You have the option of self guiding or we have some of the countries most experienced guides available for either half or full days guided fishing.
For fly-fishing with a difference we highly recommend guided raft fishing on the Clutha river. Boat fishing for trout or salmon on Lake Wanaka itself is also very popular. The local fishing season runs from 1st November to 30th April. Lake Wanaka, Hawea and Clutha rivers are available to be fished all year round.
Track maps and advice are available at reception and we have some terrific mountain biking routes locally that cater for all fitness and ability levels. Whether you are wanting to enjoy a quiet ride around the lake and have time to take in the views, or whether you are a speed demon that yearns for the fast-paced, steep terrain of something a little more challenging - we can point you in the right direction.
Te Wanaka Lodge has 2 mountain bikes available for hire.
Wanaka is the spot for water activities for the more discerning guest. The unique style of water activity ensures you are taken on an exciting adventure instead of just a thrill trip. Jet boating up the Matukituki River, rafting on the Clutha and Eco Cruise to Mao Waho Island are all favourites of our guests at Te Wanaka. Other fantastic water sports include kayaking, canyoning, sledging and sailing.
Where do we start - there are so many fantastic options for airborne activities in our region it is hard to pick a favourite.
Milford Sound, Mount Cook and Mount Aspiring scenic flights are some of the options available, giving you the opportunity to view huge, untouched vistas of land. The experienced pilots provide a friendly and professional service. During your flight, you will enjoy a personalized commentary and uninterrupted views from your window seat.
Or why not try out some of NZ's best skydiving or paragliding. The views will just blow you away!
You can also:
- take a scenic helicopter flight with a glacier landing
- go back in time with a Tiger Moth flight
- take the controls and fly yourself
- visit the Warbirds and Wheels or the Toy and Transport Museums
- see Wanaka upside down in the Pitt Special aerobatic plane
- learn to fly - from 20 minutes to your full pilots licence.
Relax and Enjoy
Wanaka has something for everyone, every day of the year.
- golf/mini golf
- puzzling world
- horse trekking
- artists and photographers galleries
- the famous Cinemas Paradiso
- a fantastic selection of cafes and restaurants
- 4WD adventures
- rock or mountain climbing
- multi-sport races
- and everything or anything in-between.
If you want any more information on any of these activities, or any others you may have heard of, then please do not hesitate to contact us. If we don't know then we will find out for you!
Te Wanaka Lodge is delighted to be a part of the Wanaka Collection. The Wanaka Collection is a small select group of local Wanaka business owner/operators. The collection includes 3 accommodation providers, along with 4 activity providers. We have all worked together for many years and pride ourselves with excellent personalized service for all of our guests.