Wanaka is a town in the Central Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand. It is situated at the southern end of Lake Wanaka, adjacent to the outflow of the lake to the Clutha River. It is the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park. Wanaka is primarily a resort town but has both summer and winter seasons and is based around the many outdoor oppurtunities.
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These days, with its beautiful lake and mountain views, Wanaka has become a popular tourist resort, loved by many for being less commercialised than Queenstown.
Nearby are Treble Cone, Cardrona and Snow Park, some of New Zealand's premier ski fields. Wanaka is the main accommodation provider for these resorts and so is very busy in high season(August). Other attractions in the area include Puzzling World and the biennial Warbirds over Wanaka airshow, which has become a major attraction for national and international guests. Wanaka boasts a growing number of excellent restaurants, cafes and a diverse nightlife.
Wanaka is host to some of New Zealand's best outdoor recreation with world-class mountain biking, hiking, climbing, mountaineering, fishing, paragliding, and watersports of all kinds. With one of New Zealand's sunniest climates, Wanaka is truly an adventure paradise. It is the access point to the highest mountain out of the Mount Cook region, Mt Aspiring.