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Top Choice Tapas in Wanaka

Kika

The baby sister to Francesca's has grown up fast, vaulting within just a year of opening to become the only Wanaka eatery named among New Zealand's top 100 restaurants in 2017. It's a Mediterranean mix of modern Ita…
Top Choice Museum in Wanaka

National Transport & Toy Museum

Mixing Smurfs with Studebakers and Skidoos (and an authentic MiG jet fighter flown by the Polish Air Force) is this completely eclectic and absorbing collection of more than 60,000 items. Suitably, it's as jumbled a…
Top Choice Italian in Wanaka

Francesca’s Italian Kitchen

Pretty much the matriarch of Wanaka eateries, the perennially busy and cavernous Francesca's has the big flavours and easy conviviality of an authentic Italian family trattoria. Even simple things such as pizza, pas…
Top Choice Cafe in Wanaka

Kai Whakapai

As Wanaka as that tree, this local institution is where the town seems to congregate on a sunny evening for a liquid sundowner over excellent pizza or salad. Locally brewed craft beers are on tap and there are Centr…
Mediterranean in Wanaka

White House Restaurant & Bar

This curious restaurant is, well, yeah, in a house – a white one – looking as though someone dropped a casual eatery into the lounge room of an art-deco home. The ever-changing menu ranges through a selection of bru…
Cocktail Bar in Wanaka

Lalaland

Before Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone popularised the term, there was already this Lalaland in Wanaka. Sink into a comfy chair at the little, low-lit palace/bordello, where bar staff concoct elixirs to suit every mood.…
Cocktail Bar in Wanaka

Gin & Raspberry

If you're in the swing for bling, this lush bar is like stepping into a Baz Luhrmann film set. Among the gilded mirrors, grand piano (yes, you can ask to play it) and purple mood lighting, classic movies provide a b…
Modern NZ in Wanaka

Landing

Looking over the lake from an upstairs perch, the Landing is a stylish place where both menus and views change with the seasons. Expect local meats and fish served in innovative ways. The wine list is strong on Cent…
Park in Wanaka

Wanaka Station Park

Wanaka Station Park is a piece of Wanaka that existed before Wanaka did. This remnant of the sheep station that once covered the town area and beyond is a beautiful, well-hidden park space with trees far more impres…
Cinema in Wanaka

Ruby's

How very Wanaka that an art-house cinema should adjoin an indoor climbing wall. Channelling a lush New York or Shanghai vibe, Ruby's has a whiff of cinema's glory days. Watch a movie from a reclining leather chair w…