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.

Hunting in New Zealand with Simon from Cardrona Outfitters truly was a hunt of a lifetime, from hunting Fallow bucks in the beautiful Cardrona Valley, to hunting Chamois and Tahr up in the majestic Alps of the west coast!

The food and lodgings were first class, and Simon is an amazing guide. His knowledge and experience hunting world class trophies is second to none!

Thanks again mate for the incredible experience you provided, it was a hunt I will remember and talk about forever - I'm already getting excited planning my trip back with Cardrona Outfitters next year!

Shane Swain, Australia