About Lake Wanaka Region
Lake Wanaka region is a hidden paradise
surrounded by grand mountains and inside their embrace
clear lake, fabulous winter ski fields and the spectacular
Mount Aspiring National Park.
Lake Wanaka is New Zealand's fourth
largest lake. Created by massive glaciers
more than 10,000 years ago, Lake Wanaka and Lake
side by side. Lake Wanaka is the source
of New Zealand's largest river, the Clutha, whilst
Lake Hawea feeds into the Hawea
River, which joins the Clutha at Albert Town. Their
clear, blue waters are ideal for water sports enthusiasts
to enjoy sailing, fishing,
jet boating and rafting.
Mount Aspiring National Park
Located just a short drive from Wanaka, Mount Aspiring
National Park offers visitors some of the most
spectacular walks in New Zealand.
The pinnacle of the park is Mount Aspiring
/ Tititea, which rises 3027 metres and is flanked
Mount Aspiring is adored by rock climbers. The Rob
Roy Glacier, is located in the park and it starts
its journey high on Rob
Mount Aspiring National Park offers
breathtaking views, it offers visitors the opportunity
to experience the mountains of the
Southern Alps, a massive area of wilderness, glaciers,
snowfields, valleys, wildlife habitats, beech
forests , sub alpine tussock fields ,
lichens and dainty flowering herbs that survive
in incredibly harsh environs.
The rock forms vary from the unusual
coloured slopes of the Red Hills
to brittle grey schist of the alps and they are
an unforgettable feature of the Mount Aspiring National
Places to visit
Cardrona Alpine Resort
Cardrona offers a relaxed, friendly ski and
snowboard resort. Located between Wanaka and
Queenstown, Cardrona has something for everyone including
specialist easy, slopes for beginners, wide open
for advanced and huge terrain park for freestylers.
Located just a35 minutes drive from
Wanaka, Treble Cone is the largest ski and snowboard
area on the South Island. There are 4 lifts, including
seater chairlift which spreads skiers and snowboarders
over three large basins. Treble Cone has runs
to suit all levels including some expansive
beginner and intermediate groomed trails. Facilities
at Treble Cone include café,
bar, childcare, equipment rental, accessory
shop, ski and snowboard school and medical centre.
The spectacular lakeside town of Wanaka offers
visitors lots of cafes,
and shops. Winter is a busy time in Wanaka, skiers and snowboarders flock
to the town to enjoy the local resorts of Treble
Cone, Cardrona and Waiorau. Wanaka is also an
ideal base for rock climbers and hikers heading
Mount Aspiring National Park.
Things to do
There are numerous great fishing
spots in the Lake Wanaka region. With stunning scenery
to watch as you whilst you dangle a line from a boat
or cast a rod from the shore of one of the three
major lakes or fly fish one of the many snow fed
streams or rivers. Rainbow and Brown Trout are abundant
in the region.
The spectacular Wanaka Golf Club offers an 18 hole golf course and is situated
on the hill above the township of Wanaka. The course is suit to golfers of
all abilities. There is a practice area available as well as a driving area.
There is an excellent Pro Shop which has a wide range of equipment for hire
including motorised golf cars and there is a very comfortable Clubhouse from
where you can relax and enjoy the "19th hole".
The rock climbing in Lake Wanaka region attracts climbers from around the world,
and the climbing routes in Matukituki Valley at the edge of Mt Aspiring National
Park are outstanding. Lake Wanaka offers beginners some fabulous opportunities
to learn this exciting sport with many local companies offering lessons for
Lake Wanaka has a continental climate
with four distinct seasons. Generally the weather
is dry with the wettest time of the year Spring.
During Spring you can expect cooler days to start
with getting hotter as summer approaches. The mountains
still see the occasional snow fall and the average
daytime temperatures range from 12 to 25 degrees
Summer, brings hot days but the evenings
can still be quite cool with average daytime temperatures
ranging from 21 to 34 degrees celsius. As the autumn
approaches the days start to cool a little and as
autumn heads towards winter the temperatures drop
further. The average daytime temperatures in autumn
range from 12 to 20 degrees celsius.
The winter arrives and with it the
local ski season. Lake Wanaka experiences cold days,
with frosts and snow falls on the mountain tops,
and occasionally these extend in to the township. The
average daytime temperatures range from 5 to 12 degrees
celsius, so rug up.
At all times of the year always be
aware that the mountain climate can change unexpectantly
so always carry extra clothing.
Direct flights operate daily
from Christchurch and Queenstown. The closest
International airport is located at Queenstown about
one and a
away. Shuttle bus services are available from Queenstown
airport to Wanaka.
Lake Wanaka region is easily accessed by road with
major highways passing through Wanaka from the
east, south and west, and there is lots of scenery
to look at along the way
to Lake Wanaka
Daily coach services are available from Queenstown,
Dunedin and Invercargill, as well as from the West
The Lake Wanaka region has a range
of holiday accommodation options to
preferences and budgets,
including self contained luxury lodges, bed and
breakfast guesthouses, backpackers, motels,
pubs and RV caravan parks.
For more information on Lake Wanaka
region see the Tourism Lake Wanaka
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