Wanaka local lass - if you have any questions about our area I'm happy to help!
Wanaka, New Zealand
We will have six weeks in New Zealand. How should we divide our time between the North and South Island?
Hi Karin, Six weeks of fun times in NZ - awesome!!! I live in Wanaka, down the south of NZ about 1hr from Qtn. I find that a lot of people who are coming to NZ are splitting their time 50:50 Btw the islands and find that they are running out of time when they reach the south island as they underestimate the time it takes to drive around. We have a lot of windy / mountainous roads, on which the average speed limit is well below 100kmph - especially on the west coast. Both islands have some awesome activities, hikes and scenery. Personally I would probably go approx 2.5 weeks in the north and 3.5 weeks in the south. You'll find the more time you spend in either island, the more you wish you had!! All the best with your travel plans, and if you'd like anymore info about the south - let me know! Cheers Kirsten almost 10 years ago
Hi Ian! How long have you got!? August is a fantastic time of the season for skiing in Wanaka. I agree with Karen on the Puzzle world and the short drives and vineyards. The Paradiso Movie theatre is also fantastic - couches and arm chairs - fresh homemade cookies and icecream at half time. Be sure to book as it fills up quick! Short walks - there are lake front tracks in both directions from the township - and you can hire a bike easily to cover more distance. Mt Iron (approx 1 hr 20ish) is also a local and visitor favourite offering great views over the township and up the lake. On you way to Treblecone Skifield you will pass the Diamond Lake Walking track. You can drive right up the Mt Aspiring Valley and walk to either the Mt Aspiring hut or Rob Roy Glacier - you would need to allow a day for this. The local DOC office has more info on these. The scenic flights to Milford sound are incredible - You can just fly over, or fly and cruise on the sound. Skydive Lake Wanaka is an award winning drop zone - friendly and professional - you can jump from 15,000ft and see right out to Mt Cook and up to 6 lakes. The winter views are gorgeous with the snowy contrast on crisp clear days. There are also some fantastic jet boat trips - up the Matukituki River or Wilkin River, And if you want to combine it all the Siberia experience (Plane, bush walk, jet boat) from Makarora, is an awesome day out. If you'd like to try some of the locally brewed beer - brewski - on tap at Kai Whakapai - a cafe on the corner of the main street. And Finchys restaurant (central town) offer good value $10 lunches every day. On the way home from Qtn or Cardrona ski field - call into the Historic Cardrona hotel. Oakridge hotpools are always a welcomed on a day off from skiing. As are the big open fires at Woodies and Barluga bars in Post office lane. The Lake Wanaka Tourism Website has heaps of awesome pics of the area, so you'll find all this info and more on here www.lakewanaka.co.nz Hope this helps - all the best with your planning, and don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions. Cheers Kirsten over 9 years ago
Hi Charlie! Heaps of great restaurants and bars!! I'm a fan of the Trout Bar on the lake front - they have a great menu and reasonably priced, with happy hour drinks as well. Tucked in behind the main bars and bakery on the lakefront is Sasanoki Japanese - they have a few seats, but mainly takeaway - yummy meals for approx $10! and Finchy's (central town) do a $10 lunch menu if you're taking a day off from the slopes. Post office lane has huge open fire places and pool tables. You'll find two bars down here. Be sure to try out our locally brewed beer aswell - Brewski - you can get in on tap from Kai Cafe on the corner of Helwick St and the lake front! Check out http://www.lakewanaka.co.nz/new-zealand/wanaka-food-and-wine/ for everything food and wine Wanaka has on offer! Have fun! about 9 years ago