After having your adrenaline fill in Queenstown, the next leg of your trip takes you back to Wanaka. An hour drive, you’ll pull into this small town with and amazing view of Lake Wanaka and the Mount Aspiring National Park mountain ranges as a backdrop.
The beauty of Wanaka really cannot be understood unless you witness it in person. With mountain range's surrounding this small town, the lake side bars and restaurants that run along the shore are a great way to unwind after a long day of traveling. After getting settled in your hostel, consider exploring the city with some these activities.
Rocky Mountain Peak
Visit Wanaka Tree at Sunset
Kayaking in Wanaka Lake: If you're visiting During the Spring and Summer, definitely take the time to either Kayak or Paddle board around Wanaka Lake to see the town from the water. A two hour rental is enough time for you to paddle to Ruby Island and back. The water is unbelievably clear and the experience wont disappoint.
Wanaka is similar to Queenstown with hostels and Airbnb's available located in town. For hostels, we suggest Wanaka YHA if you are looking for a laid back scene or Base Wanaka if you would like more of a party scene. For more accommodation options in Wanaka check out the map below. If you're looking at prices and availability, go to Booking.com. If you're interested in renting an Airbnb, click here.
Food Options in Wanaka
A majority of restaurants and cafe's are located along the lake shoreline in Wanaka. If you're looking for a good post hike meal, we suggest checking out either Federal Diner for a nice sit down dinner that's fairly priced or The Cow for a delicious (though pricer) pizza you'll never forget. For desert, stop by Alchemy for some of the best ice cream in New Zealand. Furthermore, the lake side bars have happy hours that typically take place right before dinner so make sure to stop by for a drink. For more options, check out the map below, as well as Yelp for more reviews.