Located on the southern shores New Zealand’s 4th largest lake, an hour’s drive from Queenstown, Wanaka is renowned for its village character and strong community spirit.
Wanaka, is a small town thats big on the outdoors with plenty to keep you entertained. Embraced by the Southern Alps, Wanaka faces north, blessed with an incomparable alpine panorama in whichever direction you look.
There’s an unparalleled selection of walking and biking trails, short hikes, day walks and adventures including multi-day back-country journeys into the wilderness. If you’re looking for less adventure and more relaxation there are wildlife cruises to the lake’s island reserves, eco rafting trips on the Clutha River, winery tours and magnificent scenic flights around Mt Aspiring and to Milford Sound.
The neighbouring Mount Aspiring National Park, with its world-renowned hiking trails has its headquarters in Wanaka; Cardrona and Treble Cone ski resorts are both only a short drive from the town.
Local Lux Selected Experiences
Exclusive Alpine Chalet Adventure
In conjunction with Aspiring Helicopter and Paul Nicholson (NewZeal), we’ll tailor an experience for you in this mind-blowing location, guaranteed to impress and exceed expectations in every way.
We’ve worked with Paul for many years, there’s no one better skilled or equipped to lead you on this incredible adventure. Mountain and wilderness guide, motivational speaker, instructor, facilitator and South Island Travel Guru, founder of NewZeal Paul is the inspiration of these adventures. Maybe a day trip with a relaxing lunch and a glass of wine on the balcony, to multi night accommodation with action packed alpine adventures – options are endless.
Located at 1750 metres (5700 feet) in the Albert Burn Saddle on the north side of Dragonfly Peak, Whare Kea Chalet sits on the edge of Mount Aspiring National Park. A short 20-minute helicopter flight from Wanaka Township the chalet enjoys peerless jaw-dropping views of Mount Cook and Mount Aspiring and tumbling glaciers.
Four months of the year it is covered in snow, and in summer the slopes of tussock grass are dotted with wildflowers and tarns. It’s a spectacular and truly one-off base from which you can enjoy many Chalet Adventures – snow-shoeing – scenic helicopter flights – hiking – heli-skiing – or simply enjoying the stunning views.
With two double bedrooms, a spacious loft and a bunk room for staff, the chalet provides comfortable luxury accommodation for up to six guests and two staff (guides) – perfect for friends, families or small groups. Relaxed yet luxurious, with central heating, power, hot showers and large windows framing incomparable views, it offers a warm welcome after a day in the mountains.
Designed to have a minimal environmental impact the chalet has a unique external steel structure and environmentally conscious power and waste systems. The roof holds snow, providing both additional insulation and camouflage in winter; solar cells produce power and bottled propane gas is used for heating and cooking. In 2004 the Chalet won the prestigious international Relais & Châteaux Environment Design award for excellence.
Lake Wanaka Cruise & Island Nature Walk
Join your Eco Wanaka Guide for this half day experience including a boat cruise on Lake Wanaka and a unique nature walk on Mou Waho Island to the islands lake; “a Lake on an Island, on a Lake on an Island’.
Your trip begins in Wanaka with a boat cruise across the lake followed by a bush walk for about an hour (or, if you prefer, sit and relax n the island’s beach) to the lake. Relax and enjoy morning or afternoon tea whilst taking in the incredible expansive views out across Lake Wanaka to the mountains beyond. As part of your eco-experience plant a native tree on the island, a unique opportunity to give back to this special island and New Zealand’s environment Since 2006 the operators, in agreement with DOC, have planted almost 8,000 trees on Mou Waho Island, all part of the successful breeding program of the native Weka.