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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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What a lovely town!

Really liked this place (as many people had forecast!) The drive from Franz Josef is exquisite and takes longer than you'd think as there are so many places that urge you to stop... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Leicester
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229 reviews 229 reviews
50 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Really liked this place (as many people had forecast!) The drive from Franz Josef is exquisite and takes longer than you'd think as there are so many places that urge you to stop and take their photo. Pleasant to stroll along the edge of Lake Wanaka and to contemplate the Wanaka Tree. Plenty to do including a visit to the... More 

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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48 reviews 48 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Many Kiwis have feared that Wanaka's rapid growth will turn it into another Queenstown but fortunately it hasn't. It has stayed low rise and many of the newest commercial buildings are continuing the lovely schist stone frontages. Being able to sit on the foreshore and enjoy the free internet is great. Wanaka is probably as close to an Ozzie town... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
22 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We were here just for a night but wushed we stayed longer. What a beautiful town! Not crowded or hectic like Queenstown. There's a beautiful lake, playground and some good cafes and restaurants. Like one other reviewer said, we can imagine moving to Wanaka to live. We will definitely return.

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Berwyn, Pennsylvania
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87 reviews 87 reviews
21 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

A charming small town on a georgous lake. No one hawking adventure, but plenty to be had if you want some. We chose an bike ride aroud the lake and a visit to a winery with a great view. Sweet!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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22 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I spent a few days in Wanaka during what is supposed to be a busy Easter weekend. But it was not so busy. Its a small city and the center of town can be walked in ten-twenty minutes. There are not that many restaurants and its not anything like Queenstown. Wanaka seems like the perfect place for people interested in... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Food, play grounds, biking and brunch. Its got it all except parking, but you'll get over that soon enough!

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Fish Hoek, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Lake Wanaka is a must visit when touring the South Island. The combination of water, mountains and clean air makes for a great holiday. We were planned to stay here for two days but extended it because we found it so relaxing.

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Westerham, United Kingdom
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Lake Wanaka is beautiful with loads of options for activities. We particularly enjoyed the cycling tracks: reasonably easy with stunning scenery.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
41 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We visited Wanaka mid December and fell in love with this little town straight away - the restaurants, the walk around the lake, the view of mountains in the distance - I can easily imagine ourselves living there!!!

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Woodvale, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We were blessed with really sunny weather, and were surprised at all the things this little lakeside town had to offer us. Apart from all the many water activities and attractions to suit all tastes, there was lots to get involved in depending upon your leisure status. Biking, canoeing hiking, or if you are like us, visit a winery for... More 

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