Wanaka is a year-round travel destination that basks in the glory of its breathtaking landscapes, particularly its snow-capped mountains, alpine lakes and beech forests. The city is nestled in New Zealand’s Otago region, in the company of rolling vineyards, known for its Pinot Noir.
Famous for its outdoor adventures, this ski and summer resort town draws thrillseekers from all over the world. A trip to Wanaka in winters will reward you with vistas of snowy peaks and pristine ski fields. You can enjoy snowboarding and skiing at Treble Cone or head to Snow Farm, the only cross-country ski area in New Zealand. Get on a chairlift at Cardrona Alpine Resort, gaping at the unspoilt white expanse that surrounds you. Summers in Wanaka look completely different as Lake Wanaka turns into a launchpad for water sports, such as wakeboarding, fishing and windsurfing. You can also experience some other adrenaline-fuelled activities like motorbiking, hiking, skydiving and horse riding.
Following the Central Otago Gold Rush, the region hit a jackpot with another treasure – wine. On your holiday to Wanaka, set some time aside to explore beautiful vineyards and top-notch wineries. You can sample award-winning wines at Gibbston Valley Winery Restaurant or visit some tasting rooms in Cromwell. Head to Rippon Vineyard to sip on a few of the region’s oldest wines while admiring the scenic views from this lakeside vineyard.