Wanaka

Wanaka is a lakeside town situated at the southern end of Lake Wanaka of the South Island, New Zealand.

Wanaka has an interesting blend of fine living, family fun and adventure. There is something for everyone; it has a high number of cafes, restaurants and interesting shops as well as Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World, paintball, an adventure park and heaps more.

The town is obsessed with aviation every two years the town hosts a spectacular air show revolving around classic military aircraft and it is home to New Zealand Fighter Pilots Museum you can also arrange to go flight seeing or sky diving from the airport.

Winter is a very busy time in Wanaka, as the town fills up with people who love the snow. Local snow venues include Treble Cone, Cardrona and Waiorau. Wanaka is also a handy base if you want to hike or climb in Mount Aspiring National Park.

Wanaka History

The first European in the area was Nathaniel Chalmers in 1853, who was guided inland by Chief Reko. European settlement began in the Upper Clutha River Valley in the 1850s, with the establishment of sheep stations by 'run holders'. The first station was at Albert Town as this was the only place to ford the Clutha River. The present site of Wanaka was first surveyed in 1863.

Main Towns in the Wanaka Region