Designated as New Zealand's first 'Lifestyle Reserve', Wanaka seeks to preserve the spectacular natural scenery that surrounds the town, along with the genuine sense of community, of which the region has an abundance of.
In much the same way that wildlife reserves and national parks have become holiday destinations, the concept of a lifestyle reserve acts as a draw-card for those wanting to experience the ultimate New Zealand alpine lifestyle.
A small, friendly mountain town, Wanaka sits on the shore of a crystal-clear lake, and at the foot of the Southern Alps. Easily accessible ski fields in the winter and mountain bike and hiking trails in the summer, means Wanaka is always buzzing with adventure seekers. The town is also the gateway to the stunning Mount Aspiring National Park, a collection of high mountain peaks, verdant forests and plunging waterfalls.
Wanaka also offers some less energetic pursuits. Seek out the Rippon Vineyard for a cool-climate Pinot Noir, or drop into the Wanaka Beerworks for a refreshing Brewski or Cardrona Gold. Stuart Landborough's Puzzling World is a unique attraction full of optical illusions, eccentric architecture and Roman-style toilet (no stalls here!).
- Festival Colour: The Southern Lakes Festival of Colour is six days and nights of inspiring performances and exhibitions, set against a spectacular autumn backdrop.
- Paradiso Cinema: A classic old cinema with a quirky difference, you'll find comfy sofas, seats from a Morris Minor, and fresh baked cookies served at intermission.
- Farmers' Markets: The farmers' markets run on Saturday mornings (summer) at Pembroke Park.
- Wine: This part of the world is famous for its wines, especially its Pinot Noir. Make sure you sample the local drop amongst stunning surroundings.
- A Whole New Perspective: Take to the sky and get an unrivalled view of the spectacular mountains before you launch yourself into the blue on a tandem skydive.
- Puzzling World: It's well, puzzling! this is a haven for children of all ages.