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Small-Group Gold Discovery Horse Riding in Cardrona ValleyNature and Wildlife

Small-Group Gold Discovery Horse Riding in Cardrona Valley

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Saddle up for a horseback ride through the wild landscapes of the Cardrona Valley. Trace the path of the 19th-century gold rush, climb the mountains for a thrilling view over Wanaka Lake, and trot or gallop through the valley plains. Rides can be tailored for all levels, from complete beginners to experienced riders.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$119.90
From
$119.90

2-Day Climbing Experience at Aoraki Mt Cook Village from WanakaOvernight Tours

2-Day Climbing Experience at Aoraki Mt Cook Village from Wanaka

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See some of New Zealand’s most stunning alpine scenery and learn the ropes of mountaineering on this overnight climbing excursion from Wanaka to Aoraki/Mount Cook. All transport, equipment, accommodation, and guidance is provided, ensuring a stress-free and safe adventure for beginners and experienced climbers alike. With astounding views and heady heights, experience some of New Zealand’s finest alpine terrain.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
From
$679.87
Price varies by group size
From
$679.87
Price varies by group size

Cardrona High Country Pub Trail Horse Riding TrekNature and Wildlife

Cardrona High Country Pub Trail Horse Riding Trek

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Saddle up and explore New Zealand’s rugged wilderness on this 3.5-hour Cardrona High Country pub trail horse-riding trek. Head on horseback into the New Zealand countryside with your guide. Discover points of historical interest along the winding mountain trails, and gain insight into the 19th-century gold rush that brought wealth to the area. Pass through a working cattle farm, traverse choppy rivers and enjoy panoramic views over the rugged scenery. Stop at the historic Cardrona Hotel for a complimentary drink, then return to base along the mighty Cardrona River.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
$146.69
From
$146.69

Wild Hills 4WD SafariNature and Wildlife

Wild Hills 4WD Safari

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Wanaka is surrounded by rolling alpine farmland, but most of it is privately owned and inaccessible. This half-day tour opens the gate to one of those farms, the massive West Wanaka Station. Explore the Otago back-country in a private four wheel drive vehicle, stopping for astonishing photo opportunities against the backdrop of Lake Wanaka, the Southern Alps and Mount Aspiring National Park.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$171.07
From
$171.07

Wilderness Adventure Including Scenic flight Self-guided Hike and Jet Boat RideHiking

Wilderness Adventure Including Scenic flight Self-guided Hike and Jet Boat Ride

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The snow-capped mountains, lush forests, and waterfalls of the Mount Aspiring National Park lie along the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. This action-packed tour lets you explore the park by plane, boat, and on foot. Soar overhead on a scenic flight, hike along the banks of the Siberia River, then hop aboard for a thrilling jet boat ride along the Wilkin River.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$271.37
From
$271.37

Mou Waho Island Cruise and Nature Walk from WanakaDay Cruises

Mou Waho Island Cruise and Nature Walk from Wanaka

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After a catamaran cruise across Lake Wanaka to Mou Waho Island—which sits in the middle of the lake—spot rare native birds that are extinct on mainland New Zealand. Thanks to successful conservation efforts, the island is a rare haven for birdlife. Enjoy a guided hike with an expert guide to a lake at the top of the island, an experience that’s rated one of the best must-do activities in Wanaka.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
$164.19
Price varies by group size
From
$164.19
Price varies by group size

Cardrona Valley Mountain Quad Experience from WanakaCity Packages

Cardrona Valley Mountain Quad Experience from Wanaka

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Enjoy high-octane thrills in the New Zealand wilderness on this 2-hour Cardrona Valley quad bike experience from Wanaka. Following a comprehensive safety briefing, pull on your helmet and hop onto your 350cc quad bike. Master the controls in safety, then spin off into the mountains of the mighty Cardrona Valley with your guide. Navigate winding dirt tracks through rolling alpine farmland where Merino sheep and cattle graze. Bounce and roll over the rugged terrain, and enjoy panoramic views over the wilds of New Zealand’s South Island.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$191.68
From
$191.68

Wanaka 4x4 Explorer 20-Minute Lake Wanaka Boat RideHalf-day Tours

Wanaka 4x4 Explorer 20-Minute Lake Wanaka Boat Ride

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Get far away from the crowds on this 4x4 day trip from Wanaka. Start with a boat ride across Lake Wanaka, then get exclusive access to the Mount Burke Station. Hop aboard the 4x4 vehicle there and drive up into the mountains. Your guide will tell you stories from Otago’s pioneer history and the gold rush era. Enjoy a delicious picnic with spectacular lake and mountain views. 
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$175.19
From
$175.19

Level-2 Half Day Waterfall Climb from Wanaka Climbing

Level-2 Half Day Waterfall Climb from Wanaka

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Adventurous travelers will love this waterfall climb, with hidden pools, towering waterfalls, swimming spots, and mountain views. Climb steel ladders and cross high, narrow bridges. Enjoy a picnic lunch beside beautiful falls. While no experience is required and full safety briefings are given, this trip is best suited to active travelers who are sure-footed and unafraid of heights.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$205.42
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$205.42

Explore Wanaka Rock Climbing with LunchClimbing

Explore Wanaka Rock Climbing with Lunch

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This trip caters to experienced climbers wanting to explore the climbing possibilities around Wanaka. Are you looking to improve your technique or just get out and climb some of the areas classic pitches? This is the day trip for you! Lunch is included!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$201.30
Price varies by group size
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$201.30
Price varies by group size

Level 1 Waterfall Climb from Wanaka (3 hours return)Climbing

Level 1 Waterfall Climb from Wanaka (3 hours return)

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The Twin Falls are two winding waterfalls located in the picturesque Mt Aspiring National Park, a short drive from Wanaka. Most visitors just see them from the road, but you can get up close to them on this half-day climb that’s suitable for beginners and experts alike. See the National Park from a new perspective and take a dip in hidden pools you find during the climb.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$136.72
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$136.72

Packraft Wanaka ‘Raft’ plus Jet Boat & Wilderness Walk Tour from WanakaHiking

Packraft Wanaka ‘Raft’ plus Jet Boat & Wilderness Walk Tour from Wanaka

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A full day of adventure and adrenaline, join in New Zealand’s only combined jet boat, wilderness walk, and pack-raft experience. Set on the mighty Matukituki River, just a short drive from Wanaka, you’ll jet up-river, enjoy a beachside lunch at the base of a glacier, and learn the basics of paddling before putting your new skills to use on your own lightweight, stable, two-person raft.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
$274.12
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$274.12

Archery Crossfire WanakaExtreme

Archery Crossfire Wanaka

Try your hand at archery at Crossfire Wanaka. Opposite Wanaka Airport and only a short drive from Wanaka Town Centre, Crossfire Wanaka has three covered archery alleys for groups and solo archers. If you’re a new archer, Crossfire’s staff will be on hand to give you tuition and pointers on getting a bullseye. With only three alleys, though, space is limited and booking is crucial.
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  • 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$15.12
From
$15.12

Introduction to Wanaka Rock Climbing - Half DayClimbing

Introduction to Wanaka Rock Climbing - Half Day

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Learn how to climb or improve your skills on a rock-climbing tour in the Matukituki Valley from Wanaka. You'll have the chance to experience this popular outdoor activity under the guidance of an instructor, who helps you maximize your climbing time and provides safety and technical tips. This is designed for first-time climbers or those who've only climbed on an indoor wall.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$129.85
Price varies by group size
From
$129.85
Price varies by group size

Criffel Station Explore TourEco Tours

Criffel Station Explore Tour

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Farming is the backbone of New Zealand’s economy and forms an essential part of Kiwis’ rural life and culture. Spend an up-close hour-and-a-half exploring a working South Island deer farm and bee-keeping apiary on this guided, interactive tour that offers plenty of opportunities to take photos with the local four-legged residents.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
$54.97
From
$54.97

Lake Cruise & Island Nature Walk- meet the boat 10 minutes prior to DepartureNature and Wildlife

Lake Cruise & Island Nature Walk- meet the boat 10 minutes prior to Departure

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Take a cruise across Lake Wanaka to the remote Mou Waho Island Nature Reserve and make a memorable, eco-friendly impact by planting a native tree before you leave. Opt to take a 1-hour-return guided bush walk to reveal Mou Waho’s hidden secret - another lake, nestled atop the island with panoramic views of Wanaka and the Southern Alps. Enjoy “high tea” surrounded by this spectacular alpine scenery.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
$164.11
From
$164.11

Mini Putt Crossfire WanakaCity Packages

Mini Putt Crossfire Wanaka

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Take a break from the stress of organizing and traveling at Crossfire’s mini golf course. Get the family together and test your putting skills on each of the course’s 18 obstacle-filled holes. Each hole is themed around a local landmark and tells a story about that landmark, so you can learn more about Wanaka while you’re having fun. You might even find out about places you didn’t know about!
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
$9.38
From
$9.38

Golf Driving Range Crossfire WanakaCity Packages

Golf Driving Range Crossfire Wanaka

Just a short drive from Wanaka’s town centre, Crossfire Wanaka is packed with affordable indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family, including a 240 yard golf driving range. Suitable for first-timers as well as experienced players, Crossfire guides are close by to help you improve your swing and get the most out of your time there.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
$8.04
From
$8.04

Criffel Station 4wd High Country AdventureHalf-day Tours

Criffel Station 4wd High Country Adventure

Enjoy an unforgettable half-day high country NZ 4wd adventure tour. Let the Criffel Station team show you amazing views and Wanaka NZ gold mining history.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$187.21
From
$187.21

Glenorchy Multi-pitch Climbing from WanakaClimbing

Glenorchy Multi-pitch Climbing from Wanaka

New Zealand is a place of adventure and in the south island we have some top quality multi-pitch routes that are absolutely classic adventure climbs! Wanaka Rock Climbing offers multi-pitch climbing to experienced climbers who are looking to climb a classic New Zealand route!  Get on some high quality rock in a stunning location!
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  • 6 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$212.29
Price varies by group size
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$212.29
Price varies by group size

Wanaka Rock Climbing Intro Fun DayClimbing

Wanaka Rock Climbing Intro Fun Day

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WANAKA ROCK CLIMBINGS "INTRO FUN" OPTIONS ARE THE PERFECT WANAKA EXPERIENCE.  ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL OUTDOORS OF MT ASPIRING NATIONAL PARK, ALL WHILE EXPERIENCING A NEW AND EXCITING SPORT. THESE COURSES ARE IDEAL FOR BOTH TRAVELLERS AND  FAMILIES WHO ARE LOOKING FOR AN INTRODUCTION TO ROCK CLIMBING IN A SPECTACULAR SETTING.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$139.46
Price varies by group size
From
$139.46
Price varies by group size

Wanaka Snowshoe TourWinter Sports

Wanaka Snowshoe Tour

Off the beaten track, with great views, gentle terrain and the feeling of being remote,  What more could you ask for? This is a real snow adventure in a true Alpine environment. The Pisa Range offers fantastic terrain to explore and experience the snow. Our trips are suitable for all people of any age (7+) and most fitness levels, we keep our groups small so its ideal if you are seeking a rewarding scenic snow experience away from the crowds. The Alpine Guided Snowshoe is achievable by anybody.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$122.97
From
$122.97

Lead Climbing Wanaka - Full DayClimbing

Lead Climbing Wanaka - Full Day

Push your limits mentally and physically by learning to rock climb in New Zealand’s premier sport climbing location. Receive hands-on lessons from your attentive expert climbing instructors if you’re a first-timer, or take a refresher-course if you're an experienced climber. Afterwards, depart Wanaka in small groups (roughly one guide to every four climbers) to ascend a nearby rock face suited to your group’s skill level.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$212.63
Price varies by group size
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$212.63
Price varies by group size

Lead Climbing Wanaka - Half DayClimbing

Lead Climbing Wanaka - Half Day

Adventurous travelers will love the chance to try lead climbing in Wanaka. If you have some climbing experience already, this is a great next step. The instructor to client ratio is a maximum of 1:4, so you will get help when you need it. You’ll get a great workout while enjoying mountain views and fresh air and learning new skills.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$137.06
Price varies by group size
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$137.06
Price varies by group size

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