Lake Wanaka is one of the most popular tourist destinations of New Zealand. The lake is located in the Otaga region, which is in the South of South Island. The town of Wanaka with which the lake share’s its name is on Southern end of the lake. The resort if world renowned for its skydiving, skiing and a host of other adventure activities.
What to do in Lake Wanaka:
Lake Wanaka is the Mecca of adventure sports; skydiving, skiing, hiking trails, skydiving, paragliding, bungee-jumping, lake cruising, river journeys and kayaking are just a few of the thing you can do at the resort. Due to such a diverse array of activities tourists flock to Wanaka throughout the year.
There are so many ways to enjoy Wanaka’s splendid outdoor environment. Tourists can choose from appeasing day walks or bike rides, to skiing, sky-diving, a lake cruise or cannoning. The rivers and surround the lake and the lake itself is well known for its trout fish, guides who are easily available can show you the less-known locations in the area, which are plenty.
Skiing and Skydiving:
Skydiving during the Lake Wanaka winters is an experience like no other, checking out the Southern Alps in all their mighty snowy glory from a height of 15,000ft will get your adrenalin pumping, once done you can follow it up with skiing on the huge slopes of the Alps. Wanaka is playground for Olympic snowboarders, Kayakers and other athletes.
Getting to Wanaka:
The closest international airport to Wanaka is at Queenstown which is at a distance of around 70km. The airport services flights from a host of Australian cities including Sydney and Brisbane. Local flights from Auckland and other cities are also serviced. Moving around in the town itself if pretty easy, you can easily rent cars or if you are on tight budget you can rent bikes for a few days, carpooling in also popular in the area.
Food and Drinks:
Lake Wanaka is not limited to just adventure the area is world renowned for its vine, the Rippon vineyard on the lake edge is without doubt one of the world’s most delightful vineyards. Most of the hotels and cafés offer cuisines that are prepared from farm fresh vegetables from local farms. The unique taste of the Cardrona merino lamb is something that is a must for everyone.
Lake Wanaka offers a host of staying options, you can rent a holiday home, stay at a backpackers lodge, stay at a service apartment or simply book a hotel room, the options are huge, both in terms of the staying standard and in terms of budget too.
Edgewater hotel, Minaret Lodge, Bella Vista Motel, Wanaka springs Lodge, Alpine resort are some of the most popular places if you want to stay in the area.