Wanaka, for many years, was one of New Zealand’s best kept secrets. Content to sit in the shadow of the touristy bustle of near by Queenstown, Wanaka is a haven for Kiwi adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts that really like to get away.

Today Wanaka is giving Queenstown a run for its money in terms of its adventure activities, nightlife and facilities. Wanaka has long been a refuge for kiwis on a budget, happy to use its moderate facilities and enjoy the best of the Alps on a shoe-string. Perhaps it was just our way of keeping it to ourselves!

Nothing good stays secret for long and soon people from all corners of the globe were flocking to its lake side shore.

Today the facilities have improved to match those of any alpine resort in the world. What hasn’t changed is the relaxed kiwi attitude, where people genuinely care, and having a great time is still important.

Accommodation is at a premium in Wanaka in both winter and summer,  so book early.

In summer the lake is a haven for anglers and water sports enthusiasts. In winter the town transforms into a prodigious ski village. Being located only 40 min from Cardrona and Treble Cone ski fields and 1 hour from Queenstown, Wanaka is an excellent winter alternative.

There is a host of adventure activities available in Wanaka. It’s highly regarded for it’s awesome canyoning trips in to the gorges of the Mt Aspiring National Park. Another hugely popular activity is flight seeing over the nearby National Park. A great way to save some money is combine your scenic flight with a skydive! Pay for a skydive; get one of the best scenic flights in the world included!

Sky Diving in Wanaka

Wanaka is also widely regarded as being one the best places in the world to skydive. Take in the spectra of the massive mountain hulks and ancient peaks of the crown ranges, Harris Mountains and Mt Aspiring National Park, the silver shimmer of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, dwarfed by the honed peaks watching over them. Add to that a mix of royal blue skies, snow capped summits and a handful of golden rays.

Take a deep breath, enjoy the amazing wonderland of the Southern Alps, then throw yourself out of the plane and hurtle towards it at around 200km hour! If the flight doesn’t take your breath away, the rush of 60 seconds of free fall certainly will!

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