Wanaka is a great town, and as is Queenstown growing rapidly. Wanaka is a New Zealand town and the growth is spawned by New Zealanders making lifestyle retirement and living changes. Queens town on the other hand the growth is driven primarily by tourism growth. Wanaka is also a money town and is a favorite recreational location for the Dunedin money set.

Wanaka is a thoroughly nice place. Surrounded by vast and monolithic mountain peaks and nestled against a large lake all the water sports are on off and during summer the walking tracks (read mountain hikes) and skiing in winter makes Wanaka jump.

Every second Easter Wanaka hosts the War birds over Wanaka sky show. An event that each occasion grows and grows. This sky show is now world renown and has helped put Wanaka ‘on the map’

Wanaka also services a rural community and provides a host of high quality services, cafes and shops.

Wanaka is also the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park and the Treble Cone and Cardrona ski fields.

The present site of Wanaka was first surveyed in 1863. Settlement increased in Pembroke (the old name for Wanaka) in the 1870s because of timber milling. Tourism started in the town in 1867 with the opening of the first hotel, by Theodore Russell. Pembroke was renamed Wanaka in 1940.

For the 2000 millennium the community came with these 2000 paving stones that represent each year of the millennium.

Most of Wanaka’s growth has occurred in recent decades, and is a new town.

The Anglican Church is one of the older buildings in the town. The War Memorial is on an h hill that looks over the town and lake.

The hotel is one of the older buildings, but is a resort offer.

There are two museums, located at the Airport that is a must when visiting.

There is a lot you can do in Wanaka, so visitors need to allow three days and enjoy the all that is on offer.


Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course