Wanaka New Zealand, once called Pembroke, is a popular ski and summer resort town in the Otago region of the South Island. At the southern end of Lake Wānaka, it is at the start of the Clutha River and is the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park.
Wanaka is primarily a resort town with both summer and winter seasons. Its economy is based on the many outdoor opportunities this offers. Historically, Māori visited the Wanaka area to hunt and fish in summer, or on their way to seek pounamu (greenstone) on the West Coast. Ngāi Tahu abandoned their seasonal camps after a raid by a North Island war party in 1836. The current town was founded during the gold rush of the 19th century. Along with the rest of the Queenstown-Lakes District, Wanaka is growing rapidly, with the population increasing by 50% between 2005 and 2015. Wikipedia.com
A lot to do in Wanaka. Starting with the main activities as Ski and Heliski, followed by a long list as Climbing alongside Twin Falls, the highest waterfall via Ferrata in the world! Paragliding, skydiving, boat cruise, jet boat, fishing, walk lavender fields, mountain biking tours, and heli biking trips. Track mountains, glaciers, river valleys, and alpine lakes. Romantic wineries, alpine horse trekking, clay pigeon shooting.
There are a few options in the Wanaka area for quality accommodation. Wanaka Hotel is the only town center hotel, Oakridge hotel, The Lake Hawea Hotel located on the shores of stunning and pristine Lake Hawea. Wanaka Luxury Apartments which offer stylish self-contained full-service holiday accommodation, Oakridge with an extensive range of accommodation with more than 170 rooms, from hotel rooms to self-catering apartments, Edgewater located on the edge of Lake Wanaka and others
Wanaka is an excellent base for skiers with two great ski resorts within a short drive. Treble Cone is one of the Wanaka ski resorts, located 26 km northwest of town (a 30-35 minute drive) suited to advanced riders. The other main ski field is Cardrona, which is 34 km southwest of town, good terrain for beginner to advanced riders. Cardrona Ski Resort is a snow farm, a cross country skiing area. Wanaka New Zealand is also home of great heli-skiing options, with vast terrain in the mountain ranges near Treble Cone and north of Lake Wanaka. A great option is OnePassNZ which can be used for day tickets at Treble Cone or Cardrona plus several other South Island resorts as well as lessons, rentals, food, and other off-mountain activities.
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