That Wānaka Tree. © Lake Wānaka Tourism

Get lakeside in Wānaka


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There’s something about spending time next to a lake that’s good for your soul. In Wānaka, the lake is so picturesque you may never want to leave. 

New Zealand’s fourth largest lake at 192 square kilometres, Lake Wānaka is long, narrow and along with nearby Lake Hāwea, make great, scenic spots for water sports

There’s a variety of ways you can interact with the lake – it’s an aquatic playground for anglers, water-skiers, jet-skiers, jet-boaters, sailors, fizz-boaters, swimmers and windsurfers... and more.

Picnic under weeping willows, take a photo of #thatwanakatree, ride or walk the flat and pretty Outlet Track along the lakefront. Or for something a little different, you can visit Mou Waho Island. There, you can have the unique and mind-twisting experience of swimming in a lake on an island on a lake.  

But whether you’re wharf jumping, walking or wading, lakes are the place to be in Wānaka. 

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