Lake Wanaka Tours

Lake Wanaka
The town of Wanaka is a lakeside escape that drifts by under the radar—nowhere as busy as neighboring Queenstown, but arguably even more scenic. Rung by the mountains of Mt. Aspiring National Park, Wanaka also cradles Lake Wanaka inside of its river valley, where boating, kayaking, and standup paddling are popular summer activities. Imagine casually paddling a kayak beneath the Southern Alps, or parasailing in a canopy of silence while gazing toward hanging glaciers.

Of all the adventures you’ll find on Lake Wanaka, perhaps the quirkiest is a half-day tour to explore Mou Wahou Island. This offshore bird sanctuary is not only known for its wealth and diversity of bird life, but also the fact that it’s small lake, known as Arethusa Pool, is a lake on an island in a lake on an island that’s surrounded by the Pacific. Activities and offshore islands aside, Lake Wanaka is also popular for just swimming, since the shallow areas at the shore of the lake can reach as high as 65°F on the warmest days of summer.

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Lake Wanaka, at nearly 75 square miles, is the 4th largest lake in New Zealand. Main beach access is from the center of town within walking distance of restaurants and shops.
 
Did You Know? North from Wanaka, at an area called “The Neck,” Lake Wanaka is separated from Lake Hawea by barely half a mile.
Address: Wanaka, New Zealand
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Half-Day Mount Aspiring National Park Jet Boat and Wilderness Walk from Wanaka

Discover the idyllic landscapes of the Mount Aspiring National Park, where filming for the Lord of the Rings took place, on this action-packed half-day tour from Wanaka. Zip along the Matukituki River on a jet boat, admire spectacular views of Lake Wanaka and Mount Aspiring, then hike past forests and waterfalls to see the Avalanche Glacier.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$ 167.62
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Half-Day Kayak Tour on Lake Wanaka

Kayaking on serene Lake Wanaka, with its clear waters and beautiful coastline, is a great introduction to kayaking. Beginners and those with more experience will enjoy a calm half-day tour approximately 5.5 miles (9 kms) around the lake. Take in the views while experiencing the unspoiled nature that New Zealand is famous more, but without breaking too much of a sweat.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$ 125.54
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Mount Cook to Wanaka Tour

In the afternoon, depart Mount Cook Village on a one-way narrated tour to Wanaka by luxury coach. The 3.5-hour journey follows a scenic route along Aoraki/Mount Cook’s Lake Pukaki and through the Mackenzie Basin and Omarama before arriving in the rural township of Tarras, where a shuttle transfers you to your final destination on the shores of Lake Wanaka.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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US$ 154.99
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2 Day Queenstown to Christchurch via Glaciers

This two-day trip from Queenstown to Christchurch packs a lot of experiences into a short time. Experience the scenic beauty of a New Zealand road trip without having to drive yourself, as you travel by comfortable coach and train. Enjoy a mix of free time and guided walks or other tours. You can choose activities to suit your own needs and interests. This trip is an easy and adventure-filled way of traveling between the two cities.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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4-Day Great Southern Island Circle Tour from Christchurch

View Franz Josef Glacier and experience a Milford Sound cruise on this 4-day semi-independent tour of New Zealand's South Island. You’ll travel by coach from Christchurch to Queenstown via the Canterbury Plains, Aoraki/Mt Cook and Lake Tekapo, then motor up the west coast to Greymouth before riding the TranzAlpine train on the return to Christchurch. Listen to narration on board as the driver highlights this scenic region from picturesque mountain peaks to deep fiords. Overnight accommodation and round-trip hotel transport are included.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Duration: 4 days
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3-Day South Island Circle Tour from Christchurch

See the highlights of New Zealand's scenic South Island on this 3-day semi-independent tour, round-trip from Christchurch. Traveling by coach and train, you’ll stop in UNESCO-listed Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park and Queenstown, travel up the west coast to Franz Josef Glacier, and visit the Gold Rush town of Greymouth, then board the homeward-bound TranzAlpine train across the Southern Alps and past the Canterbury Plains. Listen to informative onboard commentary and enjoy two nights’ accommodation as you explore the sights independently.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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5-Day South Island Tour from Christchurch Including Queenstown and Milford Sound

See the South Island by coach and railway on a semi-independent 5-day tour, traveling round-trip from Christchurch. Hear informative commentary on your sightseeing coach, gaze at the scenic Southern Alps while aboard the TranzAlpine train, and visit the World Heritage–listed Fiordland on a Milford Sound cruise with lunch. Overnight stays in Fox Glacier and Queenstown allow for plenty of free time to explore New Zealand’s magnificent glaciers and national parks.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Duration: 5 days
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US$ 1,401.95
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7-Day South Island Coastal Splendor Tour from Christchurch

Experience the coastal splendor of New Zealand’s South Island on this 7-day tour by coach and Taieri Gorge Railway from Christchurch. Hear live onboard commentary as you travel through the Canterbury Plains to the historic city of Dunedin, then head to Queenstown and Franz Josef Glacier via the rugged west coast before returning to Christchurch on the TranzAlpine. Your itinerary includes six nights’ accommodation, a Milford Sound cruise and a guided sightseeing tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula with admission to the royal albatross colony.
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Duration: 7 days
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10-Day South Island Adventure from Christchurch

Experience top sights of the South Island during this 10-day, guided, small-group trip that includes transportation and nine nights’ accommodation. See glaciers, take in coastal views, and enjoy walking trails before spending your evenings relaxing at your accommodations in the rainforest and more. Enjoy a scenic bike ride and dare to jump from the A.J Hackett bungy jumping site before visiting places like Queenstown, Mount Cook and more.
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Duration: 10 days
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17-Day New Zealand Adventure Tour - Auckland to Christchurch

Travel between Auckland and Christchurch and hit every point of interest on the way during this comprehensive 17-day tour of New Zealand. You'll travel with a small group, which ensures personalized attention from your guide, and focus on seeing sights and doing activities that take the group off the beaten path. Highlights include Hahei, the black sand beaches of Raglan, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua, a remote farm at a high-country station, Lake Aniwhenua, the South Island's glaciers, Mt. Cook, and a cruise on Doubtful Sound. Along the way, your guide will provide insightful commentary and answer any questions.
  • Duration: 18 days
  • Duration: 18 days
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US$ 2,759.72
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3 day Private Wanaka and Otago Photography Tour

It’s well known that the small alpine village of Wanaka is handily placed to some of the most stunning photographic opportunities in New Zealand. This 3-day bespoke tour based here is designed to pack in as much Central Otago photography from dawn to dusk in this landscape with a top local photographer. With 4WD vehicles we will have access to many places in Central Otago that are off the beaten track and get a chance to photograph iconic Central Otago landscapes.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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US$ 2,665.04
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