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  • Address: Wanaka, New Zealand

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Lake Wanaka Tours

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.

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Half-Day Mount Aspiring National Park Jet Boat and Wilderness Walk from Wanaka, Wanaka, null
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Half-Day Mount Aspiring National Park Jet Boat and Wilderness Walk from Wanaka

3 star rating: Worth doing 1 Review

Come deep into the Matukituki Valley on the most exciting 4-hour jet boating adventure in New Zealand, beneath the spectacular scenery of Glaciers and Lord of ...  Read more

Location: Wanaka, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $112.50
Half-Day Kayak Tour on Lake Wanaka, Wanaka, Jet Boats & Speed Boats
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Half-Day Kayak Tour on Lake Wanaka

Enjoy a half-day kayaking tour on Lake Wanaka. This experience is a fantastic introduction to kayaking, with an easy guided paddle exploring the beautiful ...  Read more

Location: Wanaka, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $126.65
Mount Cook to Wanaka Tour, Mount Cook, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Mount Cook to Wanaka Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

In the afternoon, depart the Mount Cook village and travel down the western side of Lake Pukaki at the foot of New Zealand's tallest mountain, Mount Cook. On ...  Read more

Location: Mount Cook, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $152.12

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