Located in the region of Otago, Wanaka is known for its huge lake and mountains around the city. For those who like nature walks, this place on the South Island of New Zealand its the Paradise. Trails and boat trips are just some of the options for tours in the area, which still has that rural atmosphere.
For those who want to visit the place, I selected some tips that will make all the difference. They will be needed both at the time of planning and throughout the trip. So be sure to write them down.
Where to stay
Before knowing some options Wanaka tours, it is important to know where to stay in the region. As an area well known for winter sports, the place has several hotels and others accommodation types. If you are traveling from motorhome, I recommend you stay at Wanaka Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels.
With regard to more comfortable accommodation, I suggest you take a look at the Water’s Edge and Release Wanaka Clutha Place. The two accommodations have different advantages: the first is closer to the tourist points, while the second alternative is ideal for those who prefer to be close to restaurants and cafes.
How to get
Paulo and I traveled through New Zealand from motorhome, so this was the means of transportation we used throughout all of our tours. As I know that many of you depend on buses, subways and trains, plan your route in advance. Some travel apps can help you a lot during this process. Oh, and for longer trips, the
ideal is to take buses by companies like NakedBus it’s at Intercity.
Another even more common way to explore the city is by car – remembering that their direction is on the right. It may seem difficult at first, but it is easy to get used to. In addition, you will need a International Driving Permit (PID). They even accept our CNH, but it would need to be translated by a translator recognized by the NZ Transport Agency. In my view, withdrawing international permission is a much more practical process!
Where to eat
To enjoy activities without getting tired and low on energy, you must have had lunch and dinner very well! THE Francesca’s Italian Cuisine it’s the Look became a mandatory stop for Wanaka. Both were founded by the same owner and are a success for the region. The first one has a more classic footprint and, as the name says, turned to Italian cuisine.
In the case of Kika, the dishes are more contemporary and play with Mediterranean and Italian cuisine. If you want a quicker, fast-food meal, stop by the Food enhancement. The place works as a cafe and bar and is open from Monday to Friday, from 7 am to 11 pm!
If you’re wondering what to do for Wanaka, here’s the answer! Don’t leave the city without taking a tour with Ridgeline Adventures. They took us on a safari tour of a farm called West Wanaka Station. The landscapes along the entire route were surreal! In addition, you end up acquiring a little knowledge about the vegetation and animals of that area.
Like any good tourist, we also did a boat ride on Lake Wanaka. Then, we walk along the Mou Hau Island Nature Reserve. No Peak Tryrwhitt (one of the viewpoints on the trail) we had a wonderful view of the Arethusa Pool. It’s that kind of unforgettable place that gets your heart racing, you know?
Another trail to be done by Wanaka is Mount Iron Track. It is super accessible and lasts 45 minutes on average, considering only one way. As much as you are a more sedentary person, I promise it is worth walking for!
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