Things to do in Wanaka
With a continental dry climate and beautiful scenery it rates in one of the top 10 most romantic destinations in the world. Visitors will enjoy the opportunity to unwind in the unhurried atmosphere and stressless lifestyle.
The Southern Lakes region of Queenstown, Lake Wanaka and Fiordland is the only New Zealand region to feature in the new book, Lonely Planets Best in Travel 2012.
Lake Wanaka, New Zealand voted Trip Advisor Peoples Choice Top Destination Award 2013band the Best New Adventure Hub in "Outside" Americas leading multimedia Active Travel Awards in the April 2012.
Rob Roy Glacier Valley Walk This is the premiere day walk in the Aspiring National Park. Roughly an hours drive on a shingle road to the Raspberry flat carpark and then a fabulous walk through Beech forest to a fantastic view of the glacier. It was a hot day in Wanaka 26th December (30 degrees centigrade) but not too hot on the walk. Barbara needed several rests on the way in so it took us 2 hours but a quicker return to the carpark. If you are going in a small car check the river levels are not running high as there are several fords to cross in your vehicle.
Diamond Lakes Walk and Lake Wanaka Lookout Take the Mt Aspiring Road, travel past Glendu Bay. It is a short 10 minute walk from the car park up a rise to Diamond Lake. Take the steady climb higher to the Lake Wanaka lookout where the views are outstanding.
Mount Iron Walk a few metres down Ragan Lane from our Bed & Breakfast. Follow the signs through the residential area to the base of Mount Iron. This medium fitness climb is roughly one and a half hours return. Lovely views from the top, over to Albert Town, Lake Hawea and as far as the eye can see. Offers a good perspective of the surrounds. These photos were taken in winter, August 2011.
Transport and Toy Museum
One of the largest private collections of toys in the world and has the status of New Zealand National Transport and Toy museum. This is really amazing, toys are stacked everywhere. Everyone will be able to find some of their much loved toys here. There are 4 large buildings to view plus many vehicles outdoors. Suitable for all ages. The toy shop has a wide variety of toys. Children can play with some of the toys set up in the shop area, there is a play ground plus trikes, bikes and pedal cars for children to play on. An excellent wet day activity or great on a hot day. Vehicle enthusiasts may need a whole day to view otherwise set aside at least a half day.
Shopping Art gallerys, specialist ski shops, fishing, upmarket clothing, souveniers
Dining There is a large choice of restaurants, Phil and Barbara are happy to help you with a choice.
Walk - Shorter We suggest Mt Iron, Outlet Track, Waterfall Creek, Eely Point, Beacon Point
Walk - Longer Mt Roy, Diamond Lakes, Rob Roy Glacier
Cycling Wanaka offers many bike tracks of all different levels. There are several rental options available. Visit www.naturalhigh.co.nz for good value longer hire periods with pick up and drop off at various destinations including Queenstown and Christchurch.
Car Trip Suggestions: Picnic at Glendu Bay, Dublin Bay, Johns Creek; Cromwell old and new town; Cardona historic hotel, Arrowtown, Vineyards (Rippon)
Medium Cost Dine and bathe at Oakridge, Puzzling world,Transport & Toy musemn, Warbirds Musemn, Paintball, Body Treats, Have a Shot, Golf Course (Wanaka scenic 18 hole, Hawea & Tarras both 9 hole), Lake Cruise