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Lake Wanaka
 
   
 
The resort town of Wanaka is located on the southern shores of Lake Wanaka, in west Otago, just north of Queenstown and it is the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park. Several touring routes pass through Lake Wanaka, including State Highway 6 which runs down the West Coast and through to Queenstown and Fiordland.  

General







  Enclosed by the Southern Alps, the crystal-clear waters of New Zealand's fourth-largest lake reflect the snow-capped peaks of the Mt Aspiring National Park World Heritage Area. The Parks dominant feature is Mt Aspiring (3027 metres), towering above a magnificent glacier-sculpted wilderness. Both Lakes Hawea and Wanaka were crafted by centuries of glacial action. Discover their scenic beauty by mountain biking the high trails, paragliding over the hills, sightseeing by air or walking the myriad of tracks. Wanaka is also a winter sports destination and nearby are the ski fields of Cardrona and Treble Cone. Heli skiing is available in the nearby Harris Mountains and there's Nordic skiing at the Snow Farm. 
     
Main attractions & activities





  The highlight of the attractions at Wanaka is the New Zealand Fighter Pilots Museum at Skyshow Centre, with the largest collection of airworthy World War Two fighters in the Southern Hemisphere. These 'old warbirds' take to the skies every other Easter, attracting admirers from far and wide. Mt Aspiring National Park is renowned for fishing, climbing and hiking, including possibly the best collection of half-day walks in the country.
In the nearby mountains are internationally rated skifields Cardrona, Treble Cone, the Waiorau Nordic Ski Area, and Harris Mountains Heliskiing - one of the largest operations of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

     
To get there





  Wanaka has a domestic airport with daily flights from Christchurch. Alternatively you can fly into Queenstown airport and then transfer by road, one hour across the Crown Range. During winter months transfers are often made via the Kawarau Gorge and Cromwell, due to snowfall on the Crown Range road and this takes approximately 1 hour, 20 minutes. The driving time from Wanaka to Fox Glacier on the West Coast is 7 hours, 15 minutes. Wanaka to Christchurch is 6 hours, 30 minutes.

     

 

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