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“Smalltown feel with a nice beach. Escape from busy Queenstown”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Wanaka

Wanaka
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Owner description: Wanaka is a gorgeous place on wanaka lake.
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“Smalltown feel with a nice beach. Escape from busy Queenstown”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2013

Wanaka is a lovely small place an a breather from busy Queenstown. Staying here is being able to relas so if you have a choice and don't want to stay in the more busy Queenstown, then definately stay here. Wanaka has a small beach, nice shops and bars and very friendly people.

Visited December 2013
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“Gorgeous”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2013

Very pretty Alipine Village with lovely drives, picnic spots and wineries to explore.... we travelled in Dec and the drive across the Mountain Range was amazing. Pretty wild flowers along the road and river beds made this a very memorable experience.

Visited December 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Peaking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2013

Roys Peak in Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand is an epic day walk. It is definitely for the fitter traveller with a three hour constant climb to the summit at 1,578metres.What a place to have your lunch.
The views begin almost immediately as you ascend from the road car park and for the most part you can't help but fell like you are walking through a series of postcards.
Basically you are following a farm track so there really isn't any tricky or precipitous sections only glorious panorama. The summit is a little spoiled by its transmitting tower! Having said that there are still 360º views over Treble Cone, Lake Wanaka and Hawea and beyond are otherwise unbroken.
There is an honesty box at the start of the track with a suggested (NZ)$2 donation for track maintenance. Take a windproof jacket and because this alpine country definitely some warm clothes for the top. The track is closed in lambing season 1st Oct -10th November. And unless you want to walk another nine hours across the range to Cardona then, I'm afraid, its down the way you came up!
Check here for some images I shot along the way: http://burgseyephotos.blogspot.co.nz/2013/12/walk-this-way.html

Visited November 2013
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india
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“Nice and quiet little town.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2013

The lake is beautiful and you can spend a long time walking, sitting by the lake and nice to wind off. You can drive around the lake too, the snow capped mountains are a lovely back drop to the lake, there are water based activities too. We just spent half a day in Wanaka but 3 hoursaround the lake, in retrospect, wound have been better to spend one more day in Wanaka than in Q town, less touristy touch to it.

Visited November 2013
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“Beautiful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2013

Having been to NZ a few times before, I had never considered visiting Wanaka until it was recommended. Wow! What a stunning place, beautiful lake & good restaurants.

It has quite a laid back feel to it & nobody seems to hurry at all.

The lake is ideal for swimming, kayaking, and even just sunbathing. If you are feeling more energetic then there are plenty of walking trails ranging from easy to difficult. We decided to do the Mt Iron walk, which resulted in taking in some absolutely amazing views of not only Wanaka, but also a 360 degree view of the whole region! And needing a rest afterwards, it is a steep climb but well worth it.

Wanaka Golf Club is also well worth a visit, a very well kept course with excellent greens.

Visited November 2013
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