Located in the stunning alps of the South Island, visitors are drawn to the Wānaka region by its outstanding beauty.
The lakeside town of Wanaka provides the perfect mix of outdoor adventures, with a laidback atmosphere, making it the ideal destination for an autumn holiday.
Whether it’s kicking back by the lakefront, exploring nearby Mt Aspiring National Park, indulging in a drop or two of a local brew, taking in some tunes, or getting out on the water, the long hot days typical for this time of the year, gives you plenty of time to make the most of what this region offers.
Take a walk to a world-class winery, or master a mountain, there’s literally a track for every fitness level. While Mt Aspiring National Park will tempt the serious hikers and climbers, closer to town there’s a selection of short trails that offer something a little more achievable.
Pack your bike or grab yourself a rental when you arrive as Wanaka has one of the most extensive track networks in NZ with over 750kms of trails to explore – all set amongst the pristine backdrop of Lake Wanaka and the spectacular mountains of the Southern Alps. Wanaka’s tracks wind through diverse and varied landscapes, from scenic lakeside and riverside trails, to high-country cross country adventures and even downhill heli-biking.
For the less adventuress experience Puzzling World which is an iconic, unique and award-winning attraction that since 1973 has fascinated people of all ages keen to engage in a fun, challenging and sensory experience.
Or visit the Warbirds and Wheels complex with classic cars, warbirds, wearable creations and the Sir Tim Wallis Story. View a world-class collection of over 5 Warbirds, 30 privately owned classic cars and motorcycles, all meticulously restored, dating from early veterans to 1960’s classics.
Bring memories alive by visit the National Transport & Toy Museum. This fascinating museum houses one of the largest private collections in the world! With, over half a century of collecting and preserving pieces from the past, the museum houses over 600 vehicles.
Wanaka is also a food and wine lover’s dream. Award-winning vineyards, exquisite restaurants, boutique breweries and shops full of local epicurean treats abound. You are spoilt for choice and covered for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with options that range from cool cafes, fine dining through to international food trucks.
The crystal-clear waters of Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea and the surrounding rivers are a dream come true for water sports enthusiasts. Experience with Wilkin River jets the ultimate in shallow water jet boating, skimming along just inches of water on not one, but two rivers – the mighty Wilkin and the Makarora. Or try their Siberia trip – a 20 minute scenic helicopter flight through the Mt Aspiring National Park.
Land in the remote Siberia Valley and enjoy a relaxing 3 hour walk on a well marked track. Rendezvous for a fast-packed return het boat ride through the icy blue waters of the Wilkin and Makarora Rivers.
Lake Wanaka offers warm southern hospitality and incredible views wherever you look. And between a place to simply lie down and close your eyes for the night or relax in total indulgence, there is an ideal base for your time here.
Stunning Lake Views
Wanaka Heights Motel is situated on a highrise with panoramic views overlooking the town, lake & mountains and only a 3-4 min walk to the restaurants, cafes, bars and lake walks. The main ski-fields are a 35 minute drive and a 1 hour drive over the scenic Crown Range road to Queenstown.
Their accommodation has stunning alpine views to Lake Wanaka and the mountains, each with their own balcony or patio with outside furniture. They also have 2 studio motel units and 8 family motel units each with kitchen facilities, ensuite bathrooms, telephone and wireless internet access. Each motel has flatscreen SKY TV and wall heating. They have a guest barbecue area and a pathway through their garden leads to the main road down into Lake Wanaka township.