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Best Places To Stay In Wanaka: Wanaka Holiday Guide

     Welcome to the No.1 website for renting luxury holiday homes in Wanaka, New Zealand. Escape to the great outdoors, with an adventure getaway in Wanaka.

     From skiing to hiking, jeep safaris and mountain climbing, you'll find so many ways to explore this spectacular alpine landscape. Discover the best things to do and see, the best places to stay and the best local restaurants. Read on for all you need to know about your holiday to Wanaka.

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Why choose Wanaka, New Zealand?

     If you want an active holiday, filled with stunning vistas, dozens of sports, hiking trails, skiing, boat trips and more - Wanaka is the place to be. This alpine hotspot, is a popular place to stay on the west coast of New Zealand's South Island.

     Visit in the winter and you can enjoy some of the best ski slopes in New Zealand. For the rest of the year, Wanaka delivers a spectacular mountainous region, rich with glaciers, wildlife, lakes and valleys to explore.

     From rock climbing to kayaking, hiking, mountain-biking and a range of other sports, it is easy to get out and explore the region in any way you choose. There are boat tours across Lake Wanaka, jeep safaris, fascinating islands to uncover and the history of the Maoris to explore.

      Take a wine or food tour or savour delicious local foods at one of the town's many eateries. In the evening, there are bars, wineries, breweries and more to keep you busy.

     Wanaka is a stunning destination - the perfect place to spend some quality time in nature, relax and unwind.

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Best things to do in Wanaka

      From hiking trails to skiing, watersports and mountain biking, there are so many ways to explore Wanaka's incredible landscape. From the best trails, to top things to do and see, here's our top picks of the best things to do and see in Wanaka.

Best things to do in Wanaka:

     To get a full view of the area in all its beauty, take one of the many hiking trails into the alps.

     For the best views if you dare, hike Roys Peak Track 16km up into the alps, where you'll be rewarded with a breathtaking vista across Lake Wanaka and Mount Aspiring.

     On another day, you could take a jet boat or kayak along the waterways or mountain bike, horse ride or quad bike into the hills to explore the grass slopes, lake and wild terrain at a greater pace. I

     If you are feeling more adventurous, explore the region on a jeep or water safari, or via a skydive for a view from on high

Mount Aspiring National Park

     For a complete overview of this phenomenal landscape, head to Mount Aspiring National Park to discover ancient forests, open valleys, alpine lakes, waterfalls, glaciers, beautiful wildlife and mountains.

     There are tons of trails you can take as well as jet boat tours, helitours and mountain-climbs.

Mou Waho Island

     For more wildlife, sail across Lake Wanaka on a boat trip to Mou Waho Island. Mou Waho Island is covered in ancient forest and home to plenty of rare and unique wildlife.

Cadrona Ski Resort

     For skiing, head to Cadrona for some of the best slopes in the country. From off-piste skiing to runs for beginners, there is something for everyone and you'll find these slopes have plenty of space to enjoy yourself properly.

     If you visit out of season, you can still enjoy the Alps via hikes and mountain biking.

Rippon, the oldest vineyard

     There are plenty of vineyards to relish throughout the region, as you would expect, so don't forget to take in a wine tour. For beautiful scenery, Rippon, the oldest vineyard in the region offers stunning views across the lake whilst you sip on your wine.

     Alternatively, The Wine Tour and Maori Culture combines wine tasting and exploration of the history of the Wanaka's Maori heritage.

Wanaka Lavender Farm

     After all that activity, head over to Wanaka Lavender Farm for time to relax and unwind. Sip on freshly picked lavender tea whilst you take in the pretty views and soothing scent of lavender fields.

Best restaurants in Wanaka

     Wanaka has a great choice of restaurants, covering all types of cuisines. You'll find lots of artisan producers, fresh local food and of course, local wines. The Farmers' Markets here are delicious and there are lots of bars, wineries and unique breweries to enjoy.

     Some of the best restaurants in Wanaka include: Wanaka Gourmet Kitchen, Relishes Cafe, Kai Whakapai, Kika, Big Fig and Francesca's Kitchen.

Best places to stay in Wanaka

     From luxury holiday homes for families and couples to townhouses, apartments, holiday homes for large groups and holiday homes with lake views, we have a superb choice of luxury holiday rentals for you and your family.

     Browse our top picks of the best places to stay in Wanaka today.

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Which airport do you fly into for Wanaka:

     Wanaka Airport is the nearest airport for the town of Wanaka, alternatively Queenstown Airport is an hour's drive away.

When is the best time to visit Wanaka?

      For the best weather, visit Wanaka from December to March when you'll experience the warmest weather. After March temperatures drop, steadily picking up again from August. June to August is winter in Wanaka although it is still possible to visit Wanaka when the weather is colder as long as that's what you want!

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