Lake Wanaka Tourism

Striking land forms, soaring mountains, and crystal clear lakes.

Located in the stunning alps of the South Island in New Zealand, visitors from around the world are drawn to the Wanaka region by its outstanding natural beauty. Wanaka’s lakes and mountains and proximity to Mt Aspiring National Park, makes it the ultimate base for outdoor activities. Mt Aspiring National Park will tempt the serious hikers and climbers, and there are plenty of highly experienced guides to help you summit a peak. But Wanaka’s for everyone, so if a stroll is more your style, there’s a great selection of short tracks close to town, that offer something suitable for the whole family.

The pristine waterways of the Wanaka region offer some of the best dry fly and sight fishing in the world. Seasoned fisherman relish the opportunity to stalk fish, testing their casting abilities to the limit in this diverse and challenging landscape. Professional guides all have their secret spots and extensive knowledge of the regions rivers, streams and lakes. Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, the mighty Clutha River, the Matukituki, Makarora, Wilkin Rivers and Dingle Burn – the waterways around the Wanaka region are well-known in fishing circles as premium fishing locations.

A fishing trip out on the lakes is a classic Kiwi experience, the best way to enjoy our stunning scenery and have a go at fishing for trout and salmon at the same time. Catch a fish and then sit back and relax while your guide cooks it on the BBQ for a taste to remember. A great trip for the whole family.

I've been waiting for 30 years for a trophy like this... what an amazing week hunting! We flew in to Queenstown and the scenery was to die for! To be greeted at the airport with open arms by Simon and his team David and Richard from Cardrona Outfitters was an amazing start. We then climbed in the truck and headed off, heading over the Crown Range to the Cardrona Valley was like flying in the mountains all over again! After settling in at the lodge it felt like a home away from home. That evening we started to hunt fallow deer in the hills of the Cardrona Valley, this included a lot of glassing but it was all worth it to harvest this beautiful buck just before dark. It was then back to Simon's lodge to be fed like a king!

Day two... I hunted my number one trophy - a bull elk! We found an amazing bull just on dark but it was too risky to take the shot.

Day three… Our plan came together and I took this amazing bull elk! 410 inches of antler - it was worth waiting for! Not only do I have some amazing trophies but I had the hunt and holiday of a life time! I also have some new friends - I'll be returning next season to hunt with Simon and Richard and the team at Cardrona Outfitters!

John Patterson, Australia