Wanaka is a small town on New Zealand’s South Island, an hour’s drive north of Queenstown.
Picturesque doesn’t begin to describe the beautiful surroundings that will greet you upon arrival. The impressive Lake Wanaka is the focal point of this town and is a great spot to both begin an end your days during your stay.
Although peaceful, Wanaka is a fully functioning town with a proper high school, supermarket, boutique shops, cafés and restaurants. Depending on what your aiming for you can both relax by the lake and soak in the sunshine or take advantage of the many water sports that are available.
The chill out factor
I spent my days gently kayaking on the lake or exploring the many cycle trails, whilst evenings were spent beer in hand by the lake watching the sunset with a warming fire and friendly New Zealanders for company.
There’s a large camping/caravanning community around Wanaka and the residents are very friendly. Although not as isolated as other chill out spots on this site, the overwhelming atmosphere in Wanaka relaxed and fun, and there’s ample room for everyone to enjoy themselves.
When to go
The time to go is during the Southern Hemisphere summer, with December to the end of February being the best months to plan your journey. Accommodation options are numerous, and don’t worry about packing light because you can pick up everything you need in town.
If you’re after beautiful scenery, with a few fun things to do during the day then Wanaka might be just up your street.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://188.8.131.52/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/profilepic.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Hi I’m Matt. My hobbies include traveling, photography and playing sports. Writing is something I enjoy but far from being an accomplished author! I hope you enjoy what I contribute and are inspired to take a trip somewhere new!