Wrapping up your 7-day road trip, Lake Hāwea to Wānaka offers travellers a picturesque setting and a plethora of activities. Home to skiing, snowboarding, hiking trails and top restaurants for fine dining, Wānaka is a vibrant town perfect for outdoor adventure lovers looking for a holiday destination. This gateway to the Southern Alps and Mt. Aspiring National Park boasts stunning mountains, beautiful lakes and a carefree spirit sure to make your journey here something you will never forget.
Sightseeing #1: Lake Wanaka
Lake Wanaka is a breathtaking body of water that stretches 45 kilometres long and covers 193 square kilometres, encircled by surrounding mountains. Visitors can explore the lake by jetboating, sailing, and kayaking. Amongst its many bays and coves, like Glendhu, Dublin, and Roys, are several islands, such as Stevenson’s Island, Mou Tapu`, and Mou Waho. In addition to numerous streams that feed the lake, two major rivers also contribute – Matukituki and Makarora Rivers.
Sightseeing #2: Wanaka Lavender Farm
Wanaka Lavender Farm boasts a unique and tranquil sightseeing experience right in the heart of the town. Explore a variety of lavender plants and displays, as well as take a journey through the past by visiting our historic farm buildings and learning about New Zealand’s rich farming history. Animal lovers will be delighted, with goats, chickens and sheep enjoying their day in the sun. In addition, the farm also provides honey tastings, herbal teas and lavender products for purchase – an ideal treat for yourself or someone special.