Lake WanakaAccording to legend, Maori chief Te Rakainaitu, created Lake Wanaka by digging a huge hole – the rocks and debris that piled up around the lake became the surrounding mountain ranges.
Wanaka is indeed a place of stunning natural beauty. Lakes, mountains, forests, glaciers, waterfalls ? you name it. What?s more, there?s no end to the fun and adventures you can have interacting with this slice of heaven.
Nature abounds in Wanaka – it?s an outdoor adventure-lovers paradise. There are activities for the faint-hearted including meandering bush walks through consistently amazing and ever changing landscapes, kayaking on tranquil lakes or a spot of fishing.
Southern Air Alps
For those who like to test their mettle, Wanaka is also home base for a plethora of heart-stopping activities from the dare devil action of jet boating, to the buzz of heli-skiing, where advanced skiers get their thrills tracking vast slopes of fresh snow. Rally car driving, bungy jumping, sky diving and more! Take an unforgettable scenic tour of the region with Southern Alps Air.
For less adrenaline-pumping action, head to Cinema Paradiso, a quaint and cosy cinema experience where patrons choose from an assortment of over-stuffed armchairs and sofas to nestle in to while watching new-ish release films. Fab homemade ice creams, cookies and more will make you feel right at home. Admission NZ$12 for adults.
For those who like a bit of mystery in their lives, Puzzling World is a must-see. Enchanting illusion rooms, a tricky outdoor maze and hundreds of hands-on puzzles, will keep even the craftiest puzzlers entertained for hours. Great for the kids ? and big kids alike. NZ$6 adults, NZ$4 kids.
Grown-ups will love the food and wine scene in Wanaka, home to many world-class, medal-winning wines, particularly Pinot Noir. Pair these with some local farmhouse cheeses and West Coast meats, and you?re in antipasto heaven. Don?t miss the locally brewed beers from the Wanaka Beer ? especially the totally drinkable Cardrona Gold. You can even visit the brewery for a behind-the-scenes peek!
Bella Vista Motel
After a day of hiking, puzzling and sampling the local fare, rest your weary head at one of Wanaka?s friendly and hospitable motels.
For convenience and value check in to the friendly and comfortable Bella Vista Motel. Modern units, with comfy beds, spacious bathrooms and heated towel rails ? bliss! Sky TV, electric blankets and spa baths make it hard to leave the room…