Lake Wanaka Tours

Visit Queenstown, and you'll soon discover how gorgeous a place it is. Add that this city is the adventure capital of the world and offers some of New Zealand's most spectacular countryside you'd be forgiven for thinking that it can't possibly provide anything else? Time to think again. Book Lake Wanaka tours, and you can add this stunning lake to your itinerary. Before you even arrive at the lake, the journey will provide plenty of surprises. Viewing platforms line the route there, and you'll undoubtedly get the chance to stop off and take some snaps! And when you do arrive, you'll be snappy away some more as you take in the lake and photograph New Zealand's most famous tree: the Wanaka tree. Then enjoy wandering through the town, the shops and cafes, and walks along the lake on your Lake Wanaka Tours. It's a day away with nature. What more could you ask for?
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Our tips for Lake Wanaka

  • Monitor the Weather. Given the variable nature of New Zealand's weather, it's essential to stay updated on the forecast and prepare for diverse conditions. Ensure you pack clothing suitable for both sunny and rainy weather.
  • Reserve in Advance. When contemplating guided tours or accommodations, it's advisable to secure your bookings ahead of time, particularly during peak tourist seasons.
  • Prioritize Safety. If you're considering outdoor activities like hiking, it's crucial to notify someone of your plans and estimated return time. Carry essential safety equipment, including a first-aid kit, and be aware of your personal limitations.
  • Savor Local Cuisine. Delve into the culinary delights of Wanaka by trying dishes that showcase New Zealand's exceptional lamb, seafood, and Maori-inspired cuisine. Additionally, be sure to indulge in some of the region's fine local wines.

Good to know

Lake Wanaka boasts a surface area of approximately 74 square miles (192 square kilometers), making it the fourth-largest lake in New Zealand. The stunning landscapes surrounding Lake Wanaka served as a filming location for "The Lord of the Rings" film series, particularly for scenes featuring the Pillars of the Kings. Nestled on the South Island, Lake Wanaka is renowned for its awe-inspiring natural beauty, enveloped by the majestic Southern Alps, and forms a part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. Along the lake's shores, Rippon Vineyard is famed for its production of outstanding wines, and it is regarded as one of the world's most magnificent vineyards, affording panoramic views of the lake and mountains. In proximity to Lake Wanaka, you'll discover the popular tourist attraction known as Puzzling World, where a collection of optical illusions and mind-teasing puzzles awaits your exploration.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What is the best time to book Lake Wanaka tours?

    This is a year-round destination, with Queenstown sightseeing crowds reaching their peak in summer and winter. Visit Queenstown attractions in autumn (March to October) and spring (October to November) for less tourists and cheaper rates.

  • Q: What outdoor activities can I enjoy at Lake Wanaka?

    A diverse array of outdoor activities can be enjoyed at Lake Wanaka, encompassing options like hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, paddleboarding, and even the exhilarating adventure of skydiving.

  • Q: How do I get to Lake Wanaka?

    Lake Wanaka can be accessed by car from Queenstown, the closest major city. Alternatively, you can choose to fly into Queenstown's airport and then proceed with a drive to Lake Wanaka.

  • Q: Are there accommodations near Lake Wanaka?

    A diverse range of lodging options is available at Lake Wanaka, encompassing hotels, motels, lodges, and campsites. It is recommended to make advance reservations for your accommodations, especially during peak seasons.

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