Things to do

There is huge range of things to do in Wanaka. Here are just a few of them .....

Fly fishing

Fly fishing is Wanaka Homestead's speciality and one of the most rewarding things to do in Wanaka. For guided fly fishing in rivers streams and lakes, or for fly fishing tuition or safaris, please click here.

Winter things to do in Wanaka

Of all the things to do in Wanaka winters, the skiing and boarding are legendary. This picturesque ski town, serving three ski fields is arguably the best place to ski in New Zealand. One of the best things to do in Wanaka winters for families is to visit Cardrona, which this year opens its wide pistes between 24 June and 10 October. Cardrona is the most popular ski field . Treble Cone, the largest ski area in the South Island is steep, breathtakingly beautiful and uncrowded and definitely top of the things to do in Wanaka list for experienced skiers. Wairou Snow Farm offers Nordic skiing - one of those things to do in Wanaka which shouldn't be missed. Their terrain park, also high on a plateau wilderness is excellent. All ski resorts in South Island are remote from the towns that serve them and Wanaka is no exception, with a 20 minute drive to the base of each mountain. However, Wanaka Homestead is conveniently placed at the most convenient side of town for access to all ski fields and easy door-to-door ski bus collections are offered by several companies. Wanaka Homestead's lodge and cottage accommodation was built with weary skiers in mind, with steaming outside hot tub, log fires, equipment drying room and underfloor heating throughout. Staying at Wanaka Homestead should also be on the list of things to do in Wanaka!

Things to do in Wanaka - On the land ...

Skiing, heli-skiing, snowboarding, mountaineering, rock climbing, wine tours, golf, golf-cross, mountain biking and heli-mountain biking, horse riding, monster trucks, quad bike and 4wd safaris, wilderness tours, transport museum, Puzzling World, hunting. Wanaka Homestead is also close to Wanaka's 18-hole Golf Course (1km) and picturesque Rippon Winery and Vineyards (1km).
Walking / tramping is world class with trails for every ability in both Wanaka and the nearby Mt Aspiring National Park. A rewarding walk to the top of Roy's Peak (1587m) commences just six kilometres from town, with stunning alpine panoramas rewarding those who brave the three hour ascent.

Things to do in Wanaka - In the air ...

Scenic flights, tandem skydiving from 15,000 feet, heli-sightseeing, helicopter fishing, tandem paragliding (parapenting), Warbirds museum, and flights in a Czech albatross jet fighter. Pick of the bunch is the scenic flight to Milford Sound: departing from Wanaka airport after breakfast , this flight literally passes through true "Lord of the Rings" scenery prior to landing at Milford Sound. The fiord cruise is stunning and the return flight to Wanaka will have you home in time for dinner.

Things to do in Wanaka - On the water ...

Fly-fishing, boat fishing, lake cruises, jet boating, canyoning, white water rafting, white water sledging, boat dinghy and yacht charters, kayaking, windsurfing, kitesurfing and two jet boating adventures to rival any in New Zealand.