Welcome to Wanaka
Which is better, Queenstown or Wanaka? That's the perennial question around these parts and one which doesn't have an easy answer. It's hard to say which is more beautiful – both have blissful lake and mountain settings. Ditto, the jury's out as to which offers better skiing and tramping opportunities.The main difference is in size, scale and buzz. Unlike its amped-up sibling across the Crown Range, Wanaka retains a... Read More
Top experiences in Wanaka
Full-Day Central Otago Wine tour from Queenstown
Following a 12:30pm pickup at your Queenstown hotel, hop into your air-conditioned minivan and head out into the vineyards of the Central Otago wine region to begin your tour. With grape varietals including chardonnay, pinot noir, and sauvignon blanc flourishing throughout the fertile valleys, Central Otago is widely considered the heart of New Zealand’s winemaking industry. During your 5-hour tour, visit up to five award-winning wineries throughout the Bannochburn, Cromwell, Gibbston Valley, and Wanaka wine regions with a guide. Along the way, visit New Zealand’s biggest wine cave and enjoy tastings of the various wines in production. As you travel between the wineries, sample cheeses from across the country and learn how to pair them with the wine. Perhaps stop for lunch at a top vineyard (own expense) and enjoy optional visits to local attractions such as the Cardrona Hotel and historic Arrowtown.After five hours among the vineyards of Central Otago, return in comfort to your Queenstown hotel to bring your tour to an end.
Private Tour: 8-Day South Island Tour from Christchurch Including Franz Josef, Wanaka and Queenstown
Start your 8-day South Island tour with an airport transfer from Christchurch Airport to your central Christchurch hotel. Alternatively, if you are already in town you can opt for a hotel-to-hotel transfer for a hassle-free start to your tour. Your tour includes a choice of three different types of accommodation in Christchurch, Hokitika, Franz Josef, Wanaka, Queenstown and Lake Tekapo. All hotels are centrally located for maximum convenience, and you’ll have time to explore each of these incredible South Island towns at leisure in between excursions.
Classic Wanaka Wine Tour
Discover some of Wanaka and Central Otago’s wonderful vineyards and scenery, while meeting some of the numerous characters that produce these gorgeous, award winning wines. You will be taken to the little gems that are quietly making a big name for themselves with their dedication to produce the best possible wine. Here you’ll get up close and personal with the vineyard owners and wine makers. You will be picked up from your Wanaka accommodation, and taken back there on completion of the tour. You will be guided in style around 6 of Wanaka and Central Otago's premium Boutique Vineyards. Your knowledgeable and friendly guide will enhance your experience by providing an insightful, entertaining commentary about the geography, the history, soils and the characters of this amazing region. You'll be tasting world class Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Rose and Sauvignon Blanc along the way. Find out why this little region is punching well above its weight when it comes to producing well balanced, delightful, premium wines. Halfway through your tour, you will stop at a popular local vineyard restaurant, where you'll enjoy a delicious gourmet platter, while overlooking the vineyard. There is plenty of time for photos and chatting with your new found friends. You'll come away from the tour with a new appreciation of Central Otago's wine, history, beauty and characters.
12000ft Tandem Skydive in Wanaka
Your adventure begins when you are picked up from outside the Wanaka i-SITE in central Wanaka and taken out to Wanaka Airport. All equipment is provided just bring a big smile as well as warm and comfortable clothing and shoes that can be tied up. Once you are at the drop zone you will be greeted by friendly staff that will help get you checked in and then geared up and ready for you to meet your tandem master. When you have met your new favorite hero you will head off to the plane and take a 20-minute scenic flight to altitude. As you fly over the Southern Alps your instructor will point out Mt. Cook, Mt. Aspiring, the Southern Alps, all 4 lakes and the Clutha River. At altitude the door of the plane will open and this is where the fun begins. "Freefall feels like flying," so make sure you keep your eyes open, and capture your thrilling moments whilst reaching speeds of up to 125 miles per hour (200 kilometers per hour). After up to 60-seconds your parachute will open and you get the chance to take in the views as you gently fly back down to the landing area. Once on the ground celebrate your achievement while you await your edited video and photos. When your adventure ends you will then be taken back to the Wanaka i-SITE.
3-Hour Thrill Seeker Adventure Combo from Wanaka
You will be picked up from your hotel in Wanaka and driven out to the private adventure paradise. The team will meet you at the 'toy shed', the hangar. Here you will be given a warm welcome and a quick introduction as to what lies ahead. Once your waiver is signed you will get geared up in overalls, goggles and helmets before being strapped in to the Ultimate Off Roader to take you on a ride you'll have never been on before. Crawling over boulders, parking vertically and dropping down gullies this ride will give you a thrill from start to finish. Next on the list is the Jet Sprint. Currently the fastest 4 seater ride in the world going from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 2.5 seconds. This ride is sure to put a smile on your face, even for those that are used to speed and thrills. This will make you go 'wow'! Get ready with your helmets and then get strapped in for the fastest ride in a boat you'll ever have. To finish off this trip you will get you to have a go at Clay Bird Shooting. You will receive one on one tuition so even those that have never shot before are guaranteed to hit at least one clay. It is a fabulous way to finish off your adrenalin filled experience. Your tour will end when you are taken back to your Wanaka accommodation.
Wanaka Canyoning Adventure Including Lunch
This exciting tour gives you the opportunity to try the new and exciting sport of canyoning. Perfectly located in the Mt Aspiring National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage area, these trips are a step up in adrenaline and natural beauty.Small trip sizes of only 4 - 5 people, this canyon is limited to only a few lucky people every year. We get you to the canyon with a scenic vehicle transfer departing from Queenstown and Wanaka. This is a full on day with the option to do a second canyon if time allows. This product is sure to spice up your summer holiday in Queenstown and Wanaka! All tours include all equipment and a delicious picnic style lunch as well.No previous canyoning experience required, your qualified guide will show you everything you need to know. Swimming ability and water confidence required, and its a plus to have a good level of fitness.