The South Island town of Wanaka appeals to both adventure lovers and relaxation-minded travelers. Situated on the crystal-clear waters of New Zealand's fourth-largest lake, just a short drive from Mount Aspiring National Park, Wanaka is an ideal spot to go fishing, hiking, skiing, wine-tasting or golfing.
With its lake and mountain views, Wanaka has become a popular tourist resort, considered less commercialised than Queenstown.
Wanaka boasts a growing number of restaurants, cafes and a diverse nightlife. Other attractions in the town include Puzzling World and the Paradiso Cinema. In winter, Wanaka is an excellent place to see the Southern Lights. The famous Wanaka tree is also a tourism attraction.
A number of mountains surrounding Wanaka can be climbed, including Roys Peak, Mount Iron, Mount Grand and the Pisa Range, all of which provide views of the surrounding area.
The city also hosts Warbirds Over Wanaka, the largest three-day air show in the Southern Hemisphere.