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How do I get to Wanaka?

Christchurch is the main international airport of the South Island. The driving time from Christchurch to Wanaka is 6 and a half hours. If travelling from Australia consider flying into Dunedin. Dunedin to Wanaka by car takes around 4hours 10mins. Learn about Dunedin

Queenstown is the next closest airport with flights from Sydney and Brisbane. Fly to Queenstown and either hire a car at the airport or use one of the local shuttle bus/coach services to get to Wanaka.

Ian Brodie Launches Extended New Zealand Lord of the Rings Guidebook

The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook Extended Edition was launched recently. Its a great reference book for everyone enchanted by the beauty of the locations in the movie trilogy. With the increased image size the book is now a beautifully presented collection of images of New Zealand and the movie images and locations, ideal for tourists and as a gift for overseas friends and family.

It contains valuable background information and exclusive anecdotes about the filming, with sections written specially by Peter Jackson, Alan Lee, Richard Taylor and Barrie Osbourne, plus contributions from the cast and crew. In addition, the book includes: Exclusive movie and location photographs, maps and location directions, GPS references to location sites, touring information for travellers, and useful internet addresses. more info >>

Puzzling World in Wanaka

“The Great Maze” is the first of the world’s “modern-style” great mazes. It is two storeys high and has 1.5 kilometres of confusing passages. “Puzzling World” is full of eccentric shaped buildings and puzzling rooms. Some are world unique and the others could be world best!









Wanaka is a breath of fresh air. The friendly township majestically rests at the edge of Lake Wanaka and Mt Aspiring national park.

A unique combination of adventure and leisure is at your fingertips. Wanaka is only minutes away from 3 major ski resorts.

If your keen on fishing, the lakes and rivers around Wanaka are home to Brown and Rainbow Trout. Hikers love the close access to Mt Aspiring national park, where there are short and long walks available.

The town also boasts its own world class maze and is host to Warbirds over Wanaka, an annual aero spectacular.

If you are into wine, Wanaka is surrounded by some of New Zealand's finest vineyards.

Planning a Ski Trip to Wanaka, what are the options...

Considering Skiing, then you should be thinking about Wanaka! The Wanaka region is a total winter adventure location. Wanaka has two major ski resorts, Cardrona and Treble Cone. They both operate during June to October. These two resorts cater for beginners right through to black diamond levels and more. There's plenty of facilities to stay on site or in Wanaka and there's heaps to do when your not on the slopes. Sit back and relax amongst the spectacular lake and mountain views of Wanaka...

Cardrona Alpine Resort

Accessible from Queenstown or Lake Wanaka, 34 kms from Wanaka and 57 kms from Queenstown Terrain: Beginner 25%, Intermediate 55%, Advanced 20%

Treble Cone Ski Area

Only 19kms from Lake Wanaka. Terrain: Beginner 15%, Intermediate 45%, Advanced 40%

Warbirds over Wanaka Book Released by Ian Brodie

Warbirds over Wanaka is the official book of the airshow 2004. The book is a photographic record of the show and has become a collectable item among aviation fans and visitors to the show.

In 2004 nearly 80,000 people visited the airshow and saw some amazing sights, including aircraft from the renowned Breitling Collection based in the USA, some fine old friends such as the Spitfire and the Polikarpov aircraft, and, attracting a new generation of admirers, a collection of jets from the 1960s.


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There is Heaps to see and do at Wanaka Airport

Visit Wanaka airport and see the amazing warbirds museum, skydive, experience scenic flights to Milford Sound, Jet flights and Bi plane joyrides.

Bi-Annual Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow

See some of the most famous warbirds in the world join forces with the classic aircraft of yesteryear and the modern jets of today to present a veritable feast of aviation attractions. On the ground, a variety of military vehicles, vintage machinery, Classic Fire Engines and an aviation trade expo will vie for your attention.

Festival of Colour: Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

Don't miss the Southern Lakes Festival of Colour. A very special celebration of arts in the spectacular autumn surroundings of Lake Wanaka.

The inaugural Festival runs from April through to the May.

Five days of entertainment includes music, dance, theatre and exhibitions by local, national and international artists. more info...

Wanakafest - Bigger and better than ever before

Bigger and better than ever before, Wanakafest brings five days of fun and entertainment to the Wanaka lakefront. Events include live bands, theatre, a spectacular street parade, kids activities, crazy competitions, the polar plunge, jib jam, outdoor cinema and much much more.

visit http://www.wanakafest.co.nz/ for more information.



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