Wanaka is a popular resort town on the South Island of New Zealand. Its proximity to Wanaka Lake and Mount Aspiring National Park make it a naturally beautiful destination for both summer and winter recreation. European settlement of the area began in 1850, and tourism became popular at the birth of the first hotel in 1867. Today, nearly 8,000 residents enjoy nearby mountain ranges and lakes. Wanaka experiences a semi-continental climate, meaning there are four distinct seasons. Between opportunities for outdoor recreation, cultural festivals, and exploring the charming town, Wanaka is a beautiful destination for all types of travelers.
Outdoor enthusiasts will have no trouble finding something for their preferred activity level. Take to Lake Wanaka for boating and swimming, or go on one of the many hikes in the nearby mountains. Mount Iron, a hike that takes about an hour, rewards visitors with sweeping views of the Southern Alps. The summit is also reachable by car for travelers of all ability levels. For a slightly longer hike, visit the Rob Roy Glacier Track to see waterfalls and stunning glaciers.
Pinot Noir reigns supreme in Central Otago, the region which encompasses Wanaka. The world’s southernmost commercial wine growing region, surrounded by soaring peaks and sparkling lakes and rivers, is a beautiful destination for wine tourism. Try one of many wine tours for a stress-free approach to the boutique vineyards.
Winter visitors are rewarded with excellent opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, and other cold-weather recreation. Novices will enjoy a variety of gentle slopes at the two major ski resorts in Wanaka. Treble Cone Ski Area is the largest ski resort on New Zealand’s South Island with nearly 1,000 acres of skiable terrain. Cardrona Alpine Resort, high in the Southern Alps, evenly splits is runs for all ability levels.
At four-and-a-half-hours away, Fiordland National Park is a considerable trip from Wanaka. However, its great diversity of ecosystems, opportunities for hiking, and wide variety of flora and fauna make it a stunning natural destination.
Queenstown, an hour’s drive from Wanaka, shares the natural beauty and abundant activities of Wanaka. Thrill seekers can try bungee jumping, helicopter flights, white water rafting, and more—Queenstown is known for its adrenaline-filled attractions. However, this is also a great place to slow down and relax. Browse local art galleries, enjoy a day at the spa, an afternoon of golf to get a relaxing Queenstown experience.
There are over 250 vacation rentals in Wanaka on Tripping.com. Many rental properties enjoy views of the Southern Alps, giving them the feel of a mountain resort with the privacy and convenience of your own space. Use the interactive map feature to find a property that suits your travel needs.
Fly into Queenstown airport, only 40 miles away from the center of Wanaka. Upon arrival, travelers can enjoy walking to many of Wanaka’s top attractions. Bike rentals are also available for a scenic and active means of transportation throughout this beautiful mountain town.
Find the best Wanaka vacation rentals on Tripping.com. With over 177 home rentals, take your pick from a wide variety of choices including studio apartments, luxury condos, and cozy cabin rentals. Prices in Wanaka range from $25 a night. Many rentals can also be booked directly online.
Vacation home rentals found on Tripping.com offer more amenities than the average hotel room along with many of the comforts of home. Going on a business trip or need to stay connected? 141 homes in Wanaka offer high-speed WiFi Internet so you won’t miss a beat. Travelling with kids? Let them splash around in any of the 42 rentals with pool or jacuzzi, or relax with the family in one of the 78 homes with cable TV.
For all those pet owners with dogs or cats, Wanaka offers 3 pet-friendly vacation rentals for your extended family. Find the perfect vacation rental that matches your budget and style on Tripping.com.Search properties from 5 vacation rental sites in Wanaka where the top providers in that area are Booking.com, Agoda, and TripAdvisor. There are 108 Booking.com rentals, 43 Agoda short term rentals and 22 TripAdvisor vacation rentals.