Lake Wanaka is often referred to as the world’s first lifestyle reserve.
The alpine air, small number of people, spectacular scenery, friendly locals and crystal clear water of the lake all combine to make this one of the most amazing regions to visit in New Zealand.
Wanaka is a haven for skiers in winter, with it’s close proximity to the world class skiing and snowboarding resorts of Cardrona and Treble Cone, cross-country skiing at Snow Farm and heli-skiing high in the Harris Mountain ensuring this is a popular place for snow lovers to base themselves. An extensive variety of accommodation and activities is available in and around the Wanaka area.
Wanaka is popular year round with some of the top activities including exploring Mt Aspiring National Park, walking one of the many tracks found in this region, kayaking out on the lake, taking to one of the bike trails which offer spectacular views and hitting the slopes in winter for all sorts of snow action.
Discover and book activities in Wanaka . . .
Mountain biking expeditions:
Wanaka has established itself as one of the best mountain biking areas in New Zealand. The extensive variety of bike trails are easily accessible and most are suitable for all ages and skill levels.
Guided Fly Fishing trip:
In New Zealand we focus on making the most of the abundant clear water and sight-fishing for trout, casting once a fish is spotted, which is more akin to ‘trout-hunting’. Sight fishing is not easy but the most rewarding of all. Enjoy a professionally guided fly fishing trip from Wanaka.
Thrill Seeker Adventure Combo Tour:
Enjoy 3-hours of unlimited action and adrenalin in a private paradise. With this Thrill Seeker Adventure Combo tour, you will experience activities such as riding in the ultimate off road vehicle, a jet boat sprint and clay bird shooting. The Jet Sprint is currently the fastest 4 seater ride in the world going from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 2.5 seconds
Climbing and Canyoning Adventures:
For snow lovers:
Located below the majestic Southern Alps, Lake Wanaka offers the largest skiiable terrain in Australasia. This includes the two world-class ski areas of Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone Ski area. The town of Wanaka offers the visitor a slightly slower pace than Queenstown and is ideal for families and those looking for spectacular scenery and a stimulating resort town located only 20 – 30 minutes from the slopes.
The surrounding area enjoys the best natural snowfall during winter than anywhere else in New Zealand. There is also the opportunity to try an exciting heli-skiing adventure or maybe some cross-country touring.
Snow tours and customized packages:
Regardless of whether you are a beginner or advanced skier or snowboarder, Service Travel can assist with a variety of packages including snow gear rental, transport to / from a ski area and day passes. We can also help with providing a guide and arrange a beginners lesson.
Cardrona Alpine Resort:
Cardrona is a fun family-friendly alpine resort located between Queenstown & Wanaka. Cardrona’s popular snowy slopes are perfect for all types of skiers/boarders & the resort is also open during summer with mountain biking, carting & walking trails. We recommend the Cardrona Valley Mountain Quad Adventure for those who are seeking a different experience from snow boarding or skiing.
Cardrona Alpine Resort is located in the Crown Range – an easy 35mins (34 km) from Wanaka. Cardrona Alpine Resort offers the largest ski area in the South Island with upto 35% more ski-able terrain available.
With consistently reliable snow conditions and perfect wide terrain spread across three main valleys, Cardrona Alpine Resort also boasts the longest scheduled snow season in the South Island. In summer, take one of the ski lifts (and your mountain bike) up to NZ’s highest bike park or have a go at Mountain Carting, walking adventures or even an ‘Alpine by Night’ experience.
Treble Cone Ski Area:
Treble Cone contains the largest ski area in the South Island and lays claim to the longest vertical in the Southern Lakes. It is equally recognised for its superb long groomed slopes and amazing off-piste. The panoramic views from Treble Cone are nothing short of spectacular. Treble Cone offers an extensive array of snow activities and ski runs to suit all ages and ability.
Snow Farm NZ:
Snow Farm NZ is located in the Pisa Range (high above Cardrona Valley). You can cross country ski, snowshoe or just play in the snow. Snow Farm NZ incorporates 55km of scenic trails.
There is terrain, trails and outstanding scenery just waiting for you to explore. Arrange a day of fun to visit Snow Farm NZ or combine this with a visit to Cardrona Alpine Resort.
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