Things to do in Wanaka

Beautiful Lake Wanaka, NZ is a mecca for outdoor adventurers, photographers, artists, writers, readers, lovers and thinkers.

Just one hour from Queenstown, there’s so much to do and see in and around Wanaka. Find out more here.

Whatever your passion, the luxury Lakeside Apartments is the perfect place to stay. Just a few steps from your 5-star Qualmark accommodation are pristine beaches and crystal-clear water – perfect for relaxing with a book or swimming and kayaking with the kids.

Many hiking and biking trails to our wilderness areas start just a few footsteps away, in the heart of the village.

Within moments, you can be on your way to nearby nature reserves and parks or – for those venturing further afield – the Mt Aspiring National Park or the interesting villages of Cardona, Albert Town, Luggate and Lake Hawea.

Every season brings something new – fresh in spring, sizzling in summer, vibrant and colourful in autumn, and crisp, cool and sunny in winter. Frequent local events match the moment, whether it’s a market day, an arts festival, sports event or show.

Whatever your heart desires – the adrenalin rush of snow sports, water sports, skydiving, tramping or mountain biking; the peaceful, patient art of fly fishing; golf in scenic surroundings; tasting wine and enjoying regional produce with locals – Lakeside Apartments’ friendly customer service staff can recommend the best activities for you.

There’s so much to do and see in and around Wanaka. Find out more here.

Things to do in Wanaka this Winter

An incredible time of year, Winter is the perfect mountain culture experience – with the thrill of downhill skiing at two skifields and the peace of cross country skiing – for epic on-snow experience visit Wanaka June, July, August and September.

Treble Cone – Ski resort

Treble Cone, the largest ski area in NZ’s South Island, is famous for its long, uncrowded groomed runs, legendary off-piste terrain and unrivalled views over Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps.

Usual season late June to end September

Cardrona – Ski Resort

Cardrona has a huge range of facilities on the mountain to help you get the most out of your winter adventure! 

Usual season mid June to mid October

Snow Farm – Cross Country Skiing

New Zealand’s home of cross country skiing

Usual season late June to early September

Eco Wanaka

“Lake Wanaka, a jewel in the South Island of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, is home to our personal guiding company that will take you to our many special places off-the-beaten-track in pure wilderness.

Eco Wanaka Adventures are specialists in Lake Cruising & Guided Nature Walks, Heli-Hiking and Guided Walks

Operating every day except Sundays, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Ridgeline Adventures

“We have selected our favourite off the beaten track soft adventure tours to ensure you experience the true character of the Wanaka and Queenstown region.  From private 4WD journeys into iconic country farms, romantic mountain getaways, lake Wanaka cruises and exclusive photography tours.”

Operating every day.


“Climb the world’s highest waterfall cable climb, in Wanaka New Zealand or try our NEW! Canyon and Hike adventures.’

Operating every day except for statutory holidays.

Wanaka Lavender Farm

“Wānaka Lavender Farm is just a few minutes from Wānaka, where you can experience 20 acres of beautiful lavender fields, farm animals & display gardens.

Enjoy a walk through the flowers, meet our friendly farm animals, play a garden game, unwind over a cup of herbal tea & indulge in our lavender ice-creams”

Aspiring Helicopters

“Enjoy an introductory helicopter flight around Wanaka and experience an alpine landing with amazing views. Or go further, flying past glaciers and mountain tops for a ‘once in a lifetime” snow landing.  Our most popular flight combines Mt Aspiring and a glacier landing to truly experience this incredible region”

Wanaka Wine Tours

“Wanaka Wine Tours has been in operation since 2001. It is the original wine touring company in and around Wanaka. We take you to the best places to sample award winning wines and to hear the local stories. As we travel our friendly and knowledgeable guides will tell you tales and stories of the people and land as you enjoy the stunning scenery.”

LandEscape Wanaka

From the stunning sights of Wanaka to Glendhu Bay, Luggate, Lake Hawea and beyond, there’s so much to see in our wonderful town. We’ve searched far and wide to find the perfect e-bike, so you can explore it all in comfort and style. Find out more about our Swiss-made YouMo e-bikes, the superb network of on-site and nearby trails and our wonderful LandEscape packages.”

Will pick up guests from Lakeside Apartments.

Bike Glendhu

“Bike Glendhu is born to be shared by riders of all skill sets, whether it’s your first day on the trails or you’ve been around a berm or two. Our 30km network (with more to come in 2020!) of flowing pedal-only trails wind and weave their way around 1000 hectares of the finest trails Mother Nature could give us, as we’ve borrowed and blended to create a trail map she’ll be proud of.”


For taxis, airport transfers, ski-field transfers, wedding transport, private tours and more, visit CardronaTreble Cone, Yello or Wanaka Transfers.

Ski Services

Ski season in Wanaka is June to October. If you are planning to ski, we offer a range of services for your convenience:

Ski equipment Rental: you can book your rental gear online, and have it delivered and custom fitted in the comfort of your own apartment! For more details on this very convenient service visit SnoPro and book a date/time for the SnoPro team to visit.

Wanaka Ski Concierge: are you after hassle-free skiing? You can book private transfers and chaperone service from your apartment to the skifields of Cardrona and Treble Cone. They will also pick you up from the airport. Wanaka Ski Concierge take care of you and your family ensuring you get the most out of your Wanaka ski holiday. For more details visit their website or email.