Wanaka is an outdoor lover’s paradise with a magical landscape (or 12) everywhere you look.
From sweeping views atop mountain peaks to the glassy waters of Lake Wanaka, this wonderous region deserves to be seen and admired. Embark on an exhilarating adventure on our Wanaka tours and holidays and get ready to wander your way through some of New Zealand’s best cinematic backdrops. Whether you fancy spending an afternoon sipping on some of the South Island’s top wine, hiking up Roys Peak for an epic view you’ll never forget, or settling down for a tasty meal at one of Wanaka’s best restaurants, this stunning region is guaranteed to be the highlight of a lifetime. Don’t believe us? Come take a look for yourself.
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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).
However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.
There are several ways you can travel to Wanaka but when it comes to which option is the best, it largely depends on where in New Zealand you're coming from. If you're travelling from a destination on the North Island, it may be easier for you to fly. While Wanaka doesn't have an international airport, it does have a smaller commercial one, allowing you to get to Wanaka from various destinations with ease. You can also catch public transport to Wanaka with the InterCity bus service offering routes from major locations all over the South Island.
There are a number of ways you can travel from Christchurch to Wanaka with catching public transportation, flying, and self-driving being the best options. Flying is by far the quickest option with direct flights from Christchurch to Wanaka taking only 45 minutes. Alternately, self-driving will take around 5 hours, and public transportation will take around 6 and a half hours with a layover during the journey.
Wanaka enjoys a fairly mild and temperate climate with temperatures slightly on the cooler side all year round. It never gets truly hot in Wanaka with the months of summer averaging temperatures around 15°C during the day. In winter, the temperatures never get down to freezing levels during the day but they do reach around -1°C at nighttime. Spring and summer see the rainiest days out of the year with each month averaging around 22 days per month.
Wanaka is full of natural beauty and one of the best ways to ensure you're taking in as much of this stunning as you can is to walk your way through it. These are some of the best walking tracks in Wanaka:
- Mount Iron Track
- Glendhu Bay Track
- Isthmus Peak Track
- Roys Peak Track
- Blue Pools Track
What you should pack for your trip to Wanaka largely depends on what kind of holiday you want to have but because Wanaka is full of picturesque scenery, chances are you'll be doing some walking/hiking during your stay. This means you should pack a pair of socks and some comfortable and sturdy walking shoes. You should also make sure you have sunscreen (even in winter), a reusable drink bottle, a camera, and weather-appropriate clothes.
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.