Lake Wanaka
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  • Judee
    Livermore, California1,388 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots to do on and around the lake.
    I was not in Wānaka for too long but I did enjoy a 2 hour bike ride around the lake. The bathroom across from the lake in the big parking lot is very clean and near a playground for children. You can just walk around it, bike, scooter or rent kayaks and other water toys and get in the lake. Yes, you can swim in it too. Tons of restaurants across the street so you can get something to go or bring a picnic and enjoy it at the lake. A beautiful spot for sure and so clean.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 31 January 2024
  • Yvonne
    Singapore, Singapore14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Was a delight.. wish I could live here!
    Booked a 4 bedroom house overlooking the lake, just 15 min walk from the supermarket and amenities. Just walk down to the lake , walk left towards the village and the Wanaka tree or right side for amazing views with a good part under shade. Beautiful!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 March 2024
  • Ron S
    21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss Wanaka!
    Truly the Aspen of New Zealand. Upscale, classy, spotless, a wide variety of activities, and everything is maintained carefully. The lake and surroundings are absolutely gorgeous. We liked Wanaka far more than Queensland (which is a bit more commercial). We did bike and wine tours -- truly enjoyable!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 April 2024
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shebe43
Blue Mountains, Australia473 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Wanaka is much smaller than Queenstown, and doesn't seem to attract the crowds of overseas visitors in the same way. It means the town is more compact, still busy but not so crowded.
It has really lovely shops and cafes.
There is a walk right along the lakeside that you can do, which takes you passed the town down towards "That Wanaka Tree" all along the lake foreshore.
Plenty of parking, toilets, etc. from here you can easily walk into the town in 15 minutes.
The lake is quite shallow, plenty of people swimming in summer. Also paddle boards and kayaks available.
A really lovely place to stop overnight or for lunch or a swim. Recommend.
Written 5 February 2020
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Eli B
Sydney, Australia3,556 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Lakes are generally pretty sights. This lake is spectacular for the plethora of walking delights around its shores lined with perfect paths. We went on a 4 hour cruise and a walk on Mou and Waho island with Eco Wanaka adventures
Written 7 January 2020
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Lopa C
Sydney, Australia19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
Wanaka is a beautiful little town. We stopped here for lunch on the way from Haast to Queenstown. There are lots of restaurants by the lake which makes for a gorgeous view while sitting down for a meal. There is a park by the lake for kids to enjoy too. Parking around the lake area can be a challenge, so allow for the time.
Written 26 February 2020
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pd7
Weymouth, UK546 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Fabulous long lake that you take a while driving along and around every bend is another amazing view. We stopped lots of times as it was so photogenic. Also, we saw a kind of tornado very prominently in the middle of the lake - quite a sight - no idea if this a common occurrence or not. Made for great photos! With the mountain backdrop this was one of the most scenic of all places in S.I.
Written 19 September 2020
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Matzakiwi
Carterton, New Zealand56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Family
The lake has a small playground near the shop end of the lake, funky dinosaur slide. Cafes and eateries across the road as well as retail outlets.
Clean toilets near the park. The Famous " Wanaka Tree " is on the lake as you head out to Queenstown direction. Nice place to have a picnic in summer. Quite bitterly cold and windy with the Southerly wind blowing
Written 9 September 2020
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WayneAP
City of Greater Geelong, Australia3,590 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Travelling from Haast, Lake Wanaka comes into view pretty early, what is amazing is the size and the clarity of the water. This really is a breathtaking view. There are a number of viewing points along the road all showing the spectacular scenery which showcases nature at its best.
Written 3 March 2020
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IainR
Whangarei, New Zealand813 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Stayed with a friend who lives on the lakeshore. We enjoyed beautiful views and walks along the lake. We also took our waka out on the lake and paddles 12km across the lake,down to Wanaka for lunch and back home. An amazing place to be with nature!
Written 6 March 2020
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Ivan G
Melbourne, Australia36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This natural wonder is so pleasant, families with children can enjoy many water activities by boating, water skiing or just having tasty picnic and feeding local ducks.
Also nearby there is children playground as well. To walk to town takes about 10 minutes where you can get ice cream or cosy lunch or diner. And prices are very moderate.
Written 15 March 2020
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Hazel L
Rotorua, New Zealand44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
So much to see and do a couple of days is not nearly long enough. There is something to suit everyone, Lake Wanaka trips, scenic walking, shops and wine tours, great restaurants and an award winning pie shop. However, having Coeliac disease and also requiring everything be GF there is a far better choice than home in UK so great for all. We had a relaxing time making sure we have left plenty to do on a return trip!
Written 19 February 2020
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orrdin
New York918 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This lake is nothing special unless you hit it at a moment where everything aligns. And that doesn’t happen every day or at all hours. So you probably need to come several times until you luck out. We didn’t...
Written 1 January 2020
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