Chill Out at Wanaka

23 Nov

sunset in wanaka

Red Sunset in Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

Getting into Wanaka

Getting into Wanaka

Wanaka – Part 1

Part 2 here

After the hustle and bustle of Queenstown, how about catching your breath in Wanaka? Lake and mountains – here is Wanaka. For peace and quiet, this is the place to be.

The above picture is a blood red sunset taken in winter. If you plan to photograph sunrise here, wake up early and turn to the left side of the lake. Sunset is on the right side of the lake.

I love coming to Wanaka because it is so laidback. I can simply chill out and not do anything. There is less commercialism here and I hope it remains so. Feel so lucky to see this place in various seasons and in all kinds of weather, good or bad.

Lake Wanaka

Lake Wanaka - high water level

The water level in the lake varies from season to season. At times, the level recedes. At one visit, the water level was so high I couldn’t reach an old pier which did not stretch all the way to the shore line.

Getting Here

There are regular buses arriving here. The best place to check time schedule and cost is the I-site. Use the YHA card to get discounts.

I-Site at Wanaka

I-Site at Wanaka

Everybody goes to the lake. The I-site is a classic log cabin – very unique among all the other I-sites. Kayaks are available for hire and there is also a lake cruise. It is always fun to hire bicycles and there are endless tracks here. Grab a map at the I-site for more information.

Take your children to the playground. They will love playing with the dinosaur. The playground overview the lake – great scenery!

In winter, test your skills skiing and snowboarding at the mountains – Cardrona Alpine Resort, Treble Cone, Snow Farm and Snow Park. Nearby are Coronet Peak and The Remarkables though these mountains are closer to Queenstown. For more information, click here.

Wanaka Playground

Wanaka Playground

Winter in Wanaka

Winter in Wanaka

There are plenty of other fun attractions in Wanaka. If you are after thrills, go skydiving or white water sledghing here. How about a game of paintball? Want to play at the Adventure park? How about a movie at the Cinema Piradiso?

For more information, click on the following links for the various things to do in Wanaka.

Kayaks at Wanaka

Kayaks at Wanaka

Attractions and Things to do in Wanaka

Sky Dive Wanaka

White Water Sledghing

Puzzling World

Fighter Pilots Museum

Transport and Toy Museum

Basecamp Wanaka

Adventure Park

Wanaka Paintball

Cinema Paradiso

Have A Shot

For more information on the town, click on Lake Wanaka.

I come to Wanaka mostly to chill out, take in the sight and do some light hiking. There is a big New Market here so stock up before leaving for the next town.

Wanaka Part 2 is on next post. Stay tune!

Old pier at Lake Wanaka

Old pier at Lake Wanaka


Posted by on November 23, 2010 in New Zealand, photography, Travel


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