Wanaka Activities – Adventure Outdoors
Set beneath New Zealand’s Southern Alps and on the shores of the lake, Wanaka’s activities range from a leisurely stroll to total outdoor adventure provided by a number of highly rated tour operators.
Maybe you fancy skydiving from 15,000ft? An active day out in Wanaka is life on a grand scale!
We can help organise an itinerary tailored to your needs. Let our booking office advise you on Wanaka’s activities before you arrive.
You’ll also find the Fighter Pilot Museum at the airport. And on the way you could spend some time at the quirky and iconic Puzzling World, but give yourself plenty of time to find your way out of its elaborate maze.
The area is also known for its highly regarded wines, especially pinot noir. Take a wine tasting tour and leave the driving to someone else.
And in winter the town is transformed into one of the top ski destinations in the Southern Hemisphere.
Contact us if you need more information before you book your Wanaka activities.
Rock climbing routes around Wanaka are outstanding, with climbers from around the globe flocking to the crags each summer to enjoy the sun-baked rock in the stunning Matukituki Valley on the edge of Mt Aspiring National Park.
For those eager to join the vertical world of rock climbing, there is no better place to learn. Wanaka Rock and Aspiring Guides offer highly qualified guides and the equipment to get you safely up - and down- climbs suited to your ability.
The Lake Wanaka region offers an impressive array of angling opportunities to the visiting fisherman. Set in truly magnificent scenery, the area boasts three major lakes, a host of small still waters and snow fed streams and the mighty Clutha River - New Zealand's largest.
The Clutha, Hawea and part of the Matukituki Rivers are open all year round but in other rivers the season runs from 01 Nov - 31 May.
As most rivers are located within Mt Aspiring National Park, it's advisable to contact a local guide for the best experience. We recommend the following operators:
Wanaka Golf Club is located on the hill above town less than ten minutes easy walk from your apartment at Wanaka Edge – and offers spectacular views of the lake and mountains.
The 18 hole course is suitable for golfers of all abilities, and green fee players are welcome at all times. But bookings are advisable.
The Pro Shop has a good range of equipment for hire including motorized golf carts and there is a very comfortable clubhouse with full bar facilities and cafeteria.
There is a practice area available as well as a driving area (although players must provide their own golf balls).
There are a huge number of walking trails around Wanaka or within a short drive of town.
The Department of Conservation office is only a few minutes walk from Wanaka Edge with very knowledgeable staff can advise you on track conditions and weather forecasts.
Mountain bikers and road cyclists find Wanaka a paradise for two wheels. There are a number of marked mountainbike trails with maps available from the town’s bikeshops. And Racers Edge and Outside Sports rent a range of road and mountain bikes from basic cruisers to full suspension downhill machines.
Road cyclists can follow all or part of the Challenge Wanaka Ironman route which, for the fit and willing, traverses 180 km of roads in the Upper Clutha.
Several jet boat operators operate from Wanaka. Clutha River Jet takes you out on to the lake and down the outlet of New Zealand’s most powerful river. Or get picked up from your door and whisked up into the Mt Aspiring National park along the Matukituki River under high peak, glaciers and forested valleys with Wanaka River Journeys.
The jewel in Wanaka pilot’s portfolio is the flight to Milford Sound following the Main Divide south from Mt Aspiring – the Matterhorn of the south – and out to the rain forest cloaked West Coast. Shorter scenic flights out over the lake and into the Mountains are available by both fixed wing plane or helicopter. Getting into the air is a must do to really take in the areas scenic grandeur.
Winter in Wanaka
With a ski season from late June until early October, a winter holiday in the lakeside alpine resort of Wanaka doesn’t get much better for Snowsports enthusiasts with the local resorts of Treble Cone and Cardrona giving visitors a world class downhill experience.
Note: Resorts are approximately a half hour from the town centre with the last few kilometres on unsealed (gravel) surfaces and subject to alpine weather conditions. Chains should be carried and four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended especially for families.