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Wanaka is Queenstown’s little sister, located only an hour away by car. I’ve always loved Wanaka and enjoy visiting all the time – there’s so much to do in this little mountain town!

The town sits on the shores of Lake Wanaka and is the gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park and famous attractions such as Roy’s Peak—arguably the most famous hike in NZ—and the Blue Pools.

I always encourage people to stay in Wanaka for at least a night or two. It’s a great road trip stop, and you’ll be able to enjoy some pretty unique attractions even if you don’t consider yourself a hiker.

I’ve been to Wanaka more times than I can count, so it’s safe to say I have a wealth of knowledge in the area. Below, you’ll find all my Wanaka travel guides all in one easy-to-navigate place.


A suspension bridge over the Blue Pools on the west coast of New Zealand's South Island

Best Things to do in Wanaka

Planning a trip to Wanaka begins with finding the best attractions for you.

Thankfully, there are a ton to choose from in Wanaka, such as amazing hikes, sprawling lavender fields (pictured), relaxing lake cruises, and even adrenaline-filled adventure activities such as my favorite canyoning!

My things to do in Wanaka blog should be your starting point to see if Wanaka is right for you and how much time you should spend there!

Wanaka Travel Guides

Wanaka Road Trips

Nearby Places

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