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“Wanaka”
Review of Wanaka

Wanaka
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Wine Tour with Wine Tasting from Wanaka
Ranked #2 of 78 things to do in Wanaka
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Owner description: Wanaka is a gorgeous place on wanaka lake.
Reviewed January 23, 2013

What a lovely town. Relaxed atmosphere, really friendly people, crystal clear water in the lake, loads to do , good shops, & beautiful scenery everywhere you look .

Thank Jean H
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

The Mt Aspiring Glacier Expedition with Mt Aspiring Guides was a perfect father and son experience with my 15 year old son. We were after a memorable adventure, and we sure got it. It was the two of us with an experienced guide, Tony.

We trekked along the valley, crossed freezing rivers barefoot, battled gravity 1,000m with our packs up very steep NZ mountains, stayed in a mountaineering hut amongst the mountains. And that was day 1. Day 2 involved crampons, ice axes and ropes. We came very close to crevices, but stayed away. Another 900m straight up, before descending down to the hut.

For anyone in need of a serious challenge, a memorable experience and a heap of fun - try this one.

The company is very experienced, the guides good and the pricing reasonable given the low ratio of clients per guide. They do moderate level walks through to ascents, mountaineering instructor courses, backcountry skiing and the like.

The weather is always variable in NZ and it is best to have some flexibility.

1  Thank AjmSydney
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

Excellent town for ambling about, everything is walking distance, very very clean. Nice shops, bars and plenty of things to do all close by.

Thank Russell K
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

I can see why overseas tourists think we live in the one of the greatest placed on earth, and Wanaka does everything to live up to this rep BUT I think this has been its undoing as well.
The landscape is spectacular and it that is all you want to see & do in this tourism mecca then awesome, BUT if you want to eat or par-take in any of the local activities make sure you bring your wallet cos this place don't come cheap.
As a NZ tourist I was expecting Wanaka to be touristy and over priced but I was also embarrassed by the pricing on some items that I viewed ($6 mango in Wanaka and 2 for $5 in Wellington).
Parking was restricted due to the iron man which was on that weekend, but limited none the less.
We decided to leave Wanaka in search of a more affordable location for our lunch outside of the area which was shame, I held this place in high regard.
Is it possible that Wanaka has lost its soul to tourism masses and all the local vibe is now gone?

1  Thank Psyckers
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

loved the beautiful lake and the town was charming, just was very crowded when we went because of Ironman event. Would definely come back and stay longer if coming through here again.

Thank queenhelene
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