A true four-season alpine resort by the lake it is named after, Wanaka is a natural playground on the doorstep of Mt Aspiring National Park. The area has traditionally been a popular destination for New Zealand families and over the past two decades the resort has grown to accommodate more overseas visitors. It still retains its safe, family feel however with year round activity and none of the large commercial tourist traffic Queenstown is known for.
In summer, the lake and rivers are a focal point with boating, waterskiing, kayaking and paddle boarding. In autumn, the bi-annual Festival of Colour celebrates the changes of season as the leaves turn with photographers from around the globe travelling the area.
Winter brings snowsports enthusiasts, from Olympians to beginners drawn to the downhill resorts of Treble Cone, Cardrona and the cross-country trails of the Snowfarm. Wanaka is also well known for its high quality heliskiing.
Springtime is a favourite time of year for a lot of visitors. Long days and warm temperatures means biking and boating are back on the activities list.
The hiking trails are clear of snow and the busy summer season is yet to start.