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Address: Wanaka, Wanaka, New Zealand
Phone Number: 03 443 1233
Activities: Skiing
Description: Wanaka is a gorgeous place on wanaka lake.
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Fast Growing but Nice

I was scared to death since my last visit to Wanaka was back in 2001, and it was easily my favorite town in the entire country, even way back then. I had heard that the town had... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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277 reviews 277 reviews
60 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

I was scared to death since my last visit to Wanaka was back in 2001, and it was easily my favorite town in the entire country, even way back then. I had heard that the town had grown exponentially, and clearly everyone else also thought a nearly perfect lake setting was an ideal place to build ANY sort of house,... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

We love Wanaka, it's such a beautiful place with so much to do. Highly recommend you stay here for at least 2 days or more.

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Bournemouth
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137 reviews 137 reviews
28 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Helped by some lovely sunny weather we loved Wanaka, both the town and it's wonderful location. Some excellent shops and facilities Without the dreadful tourist tat. Unfortunately there is a lot of housing development in the pipeline (though admittedly the newly built is well crafted and landscaped) so hopefully it won't go the way of Queenstown.

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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

A lovely small town with a happy and relaxed atmosphere. Plenty of choice for all types of shops, restaurants

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Great food (although wine expensive)& shopping, local markets,close to spectacular sights.friendly locals& beautiful weather. The lake is magnificent.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
15 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

Stayed here as part of touring South Island NZ more laid back than Queenstown but still cool! There is plenty to keep you busy plus good places too eat and drink. Will be back.

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Brussels, Belgium
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106 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We didn't like Wanaka. After four nights at Lake Tekapo, Wanaka suffers being compared to Tekapo. There is too much people, traffic, noise for such a small village. Fortunately, there are some gorgeous mountains around from where you can admire the lake without being disturbed by the crowds.

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Sydney, Australia
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

From wedding cakes bakers to bakeries of exceptional pies to lake and mountain views, sparkling blue lake we were so impressed

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Holywell, United Kingdom
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211 helpful votes 211 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The town is compact and there is plenty to see and do. Puzzling World is a great place for all ages to spend a few "how does that work?" hours. The scenery across the lake is outstanding.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

A brilliant small town on the shore of a beautiful lake, plenty of good bars and restaurants to compliment the array of hotels and motels. Plenty to do and see at a slower pace than the frenetic Queenstown. An ideal place to have a quiet few days enjoying the scenery.

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