Wonderful Wanaka

Wonderful Wanaka

Lake Wanaka
According 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.

Puzzling World

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…


September 2, 2003

Ski New Zealand

Ski New Zealand

New Zealand is one of the most popular places in the southern hemisphere for skiing and snowboarding. In addition to downhill (alpine), there is cross-country, ski touring and ski mountaineering.

Heli-skiing is another popular, though pricey, attraction. In winter, helicopters are used to lift skiers up to the top of long, isolated stretches of virgin snow.

Unlike Europe, America or even Australia, New Zealand?s commercial ski areas are generally not set up as resorts with chalets, lodges or hotels. Accommodation and apr?s-ski nightlife is usually in surrounding towns, and there are daily shuttles to/from the main ski areas.


Club ski areas are open to the public and are much less crowded than commercial ski fields. Although non-members pay a slightly higher rate, they are still usually a cheaper alternative. Many have lodges you can stay at, subject to availability. Winter holidays and weekends will be fully booked, but mid-week you?ll have no trouble.

The variety of resorts and conditions makes it difficult to rate the ski fields in any particular order. Some people like to be near the party scene of Queenstown, others prefer the high slopes and quality runs of Mt Hutt, the less crowded Rainbow Valley or the many club skiing areas. And for class NZ scenery, it?s hard to beat the volcanic slopes of Ruapehu.

At the major ski areas, lifts cost from $30 to $68 a day (roughly half for children and two-thirds for students). Lesson and lift packages are available at most resorts. All the usual equipment can be bought or hired in NZ; rental costs from $30 a day. Snowboard with boots hire starts at $45. These prices are lower if the hire is over a longer period. It makes sense to hire equipment close to where you?ll be skiing, so that you can return your gear if there?s a problem with the fit.

From Lonely Planet?s New Zealand

11th Edition

ISBN 1740591968

Paul Harding et al

Published September 2002

720 pp / 44 pp colour / 120 maps


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July 1, 2003