Things to Do in Wanaka & Central Otago
Skiing and Snowboarding
The Wanaka region has world-renowned skifields to choose from and the largest heli-skiing area outside of North America.
Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort is the perfect Wanaka hotel accommodation for your South Island skiing experience.
Wanaka ski transport shuttles are available daily throughout the ski season to take you from Wanaka to ski fields such as Cardrona and Treble Cone.
Shuttle fares range from $28 one way to $35 return. Free accommodation pick-ups can be requested with advance bookings. For more details and booking information visit the following websites:
Lake Wanaka Mountain Biking
Experience Lake Wanaka's beautiful scenery by bicycle - the area offers some of the most unforgettable road and mountain biking experiences in New Zealand. There are options for every ability from a casual meander around the lake to an exhilarating downhill forest ride - you're bound to find something to suit you!
Skydive Lake Wanaka
Take the biggest leap of all - strap yourself to a stranger and jump from a plane flying at 15,000ft! Your scenic flight will take you over the spectacular Mt Aspiring, you'll see glaciers, lakes and rivers before you have the ultimate adrenalin rush as you jump from the plane with one of our skilled instructors. Go on - take the plunge!
As well as excellent fishing and boating, the South Island's longest lake offers swimming, jet boating, water skiing, and white water sledging - fun for all the family!
At New Zealand Ski Packages, we’re all about making your winter holidays an unforgettable adventure. We offer all-inclusive package deals that are affordable. Choose from our learn to ski, family ski and ski & play Wanaka ski package deals.
Because we are real Wanaka locals, located in Wanaka, we are eager to share our knowledge with you and show you the highlights and secrets of NZ’s most scenic mountain resorts.
Our Wanaka ski packages include:
Alpine Springs and Spa
Alpine Springs and Spa is one of New Zealand's leading tourist destinations - and is situated at the base of Mount John on the shores of Lake Tekapo. There is something for all the family here including ice skating, hot pools, luxurious spa treatments, and a snow park.
Mount Cook Salmon Farm
The Tekapo Canal is renowned as the source of some of the best quality farmed Salmon in the world. Visit the Mount Cook Salmon Farm located just 18 minutes from the Tekapo township. You can feed the fish and purchase some of the best fresh salmon there is to be had.
Mount Aspiring National Park
A rugged 355,518ha alpine wilderness of forest-cloaked slopes, glacial mountains, and river flats. There are excellent walking tracks for hikers, including the popular Routeburn Track, and adventure activities such as hunting and fishing. Shorter walks include a track to the Rob Roy Glacier (3hrs return), and the West Matukituki Valley track (4hrs return). Drivers along the Haast Highway enjoy outstanding views.
Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World is a unique Wanaka attraction specialising in puzzling eccentricity for over 35 years. There is something for all the family including a Great Maze, Leaning and Tumbling Towers, Hologram Hall, the Hall of Following Faces, Ames Forced Perspective Room, a Tilted House as well as a shop and cafe. A visit to Puzzling World is a must!
Walks and Hikes
There are 11 walks around Wanaka, including a 30 minute lakeside walk to Beacon Point, a gentle climb up Mount Iron (45 minutes) offering views of the rivers and mountains, and the 3hr Diamond Lake Track to the top of Rocky Hill with stunning panoramic views.
Set foot on a Glacier
Landing on a glacier is an
unforgettable experience and one not to be missed on any visit to the South
Island. Mt Aspiring National Park is home to more than 100
glaciers and you have the opportunity to land on one with Aspiring Helicopters
Take to the skies and experience the Southern Alps at their best.
The largest ski area in the South Island, Treble Cone's regular falls of dry powder and reliable weather make it one of the more popular fields. The slopes are well maintained and cater for skiers of all ages and abilities.
Cardrona Alpine Resort
Cardrona is located 35 minutes from Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka; it's three basins offer dedicated facilities for snowboarding and skiing of all levels.
Wanaka Beer Works
Take a tour and sample the local beers at Wanaka Beer Works. The brewery is located 10km from your Wanaka hotel accommodation at Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort.