Continue heading North for 55.4 kilometres, and you’ll come across Wanaka. This alpine town is the ultimate hub for outdoor adventures, perfect for exploring the Southern Alps. In fact, Mount Aspiring National Park is close by for hiking, biking, kayaking or any other outdoor adventure you can think of!
This vibrant town is the centre for skiers and snowboarders, with four ski resorts just a short drive away. By night, the town centre comes alive with boutique restaurants, trendy takeaways and cocktail bars – oh, and beer fans, take note – the Wanaka Beerworks is offering samples, tours and demonstrations: it’s not as simple as you may think!
Bonus tip: spend an extra day in this town so you can take advantage of all the adventures nearby. Why not spend a day on the mountain or kayak in the evening to watch the sunset? Or the other way around? Anything is possible in this picture-perfect small town.
Sightseeing #1: Lake Wanaka
Lake Wanaka is a glorious playground for the adventurous and the leisurely alike. Spanning 193 square kilometres, this alpine jewel is a hotbed for jet boaters, sailors, and kayakers. The allure doesn’t stop at the water’s edge – the surrounding mountains and proximity to Mt Aspiring National Park make it an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. And when you need a breather from the action, the stylish shops, cool cafes, and award-winning wineries offer a charming urban escape.
Sightseeing #2: Roy’s Peak Track
Trade the hustle and bustle for the tranquil tussock grasslands of Roy’s Peak Track. Starting from Lake Wanaka, this steep hike rewards you with panoramic views of the lake and surrounding peaks, including majestic Mount Aspiring. The song of grasshoppers and skylarks will serenade you as you traverse farmland and alpine meadows to the 1578m summit. Remember, it’s a popular track, so prepare to share the breathtaking views with fellow nature lovers.