Wanaka is located in the South Island of New Zealand, a scenic one hour drive from Queenstown. The area has a lot of highly recommended activities and experiences. With numerous lakes and mountains, great hikes, adventure fishing, scenic flights, biking and more! Below are a few of Luxury Adventures Wanaka recommended activities.

Wanaka Recommended Activities
The Siberia Experience in Wanaka is highly recommended!

Siberia Experience

The Siberia Wilderness Experience continues to be one of the Luxury Adventures favourite Wanaka recommended activities. In terms of experience and value for money. Your journey starts from Makarora, a 50 minute drive from central Wanaka. To begin with you board a helicopter and fly over the Mt Aspiring National Park into the Siberia Valley, with stunning views of glaciers, snow capped mountains, glacier lakes and crystal clear rivers.

Landing near the Wilkin River, you’l take a self guided hike of around 8km or 5 miles. It’s a relatively easy hike with one climb, offering amazing mountain views, native bush, and birdsong. Afterwards you’ll be met by jet boat for a thrilling and scenic ride on the Wilkin and Makarora Rivers. In addition you can also upgrade this adventure to include a private river side BBQ. Perhaps extend the helicopter flight or make the trip exclusive. Talk to our team about the options open to you.

Canyoning in  Wanaka
Canyoning is an exhilarating activity to do in Wanaka

Canyoning in Wanaka

Wanaka offers some world class canyoning options. In the heart of the Mount Aspiring National Park. From beginners to the more experienced, there are several options to suit all levels. Canyoning trips include, abseiling, ziplining, jumps and slides. In addition you’ll see rock sculptures, native forest and emerald pools. Which ever option you choose comes down to your personal fitness level, previous experience and time available. Luxury Adventures work with experienced guides only and we will discuss on your behalf which canyoning option would be suited to your individual requirements. Talk to us if you would like to add this Wanaka activity to your itinerary?

Biking in Wanaka
Mountain Biking in Wanaka

Biking in Wanaka

Wanaka is a picturesque playground for biking of all types, with cycling options for all levels and abilities. Enjoy stunning river trail rides, road rides, winery trails, E-bikes or back-country mountain biking. Luxury Adventures works with local guides who know the trails well. Our team can set you up with bike rental, maps etc and you can explore on your own. Alternatively we can arrange a guide to show you the trails. Whether that’s easy, chilled riverside trails, forest tracks or back country mountain biking. Guided tours can be group or private. There are also options to take a boat ride across the lake to explore some fantastic single trails with beautiful scenery.     

4WD Wanakka Experience
4WD Wanaka high country farm experience

4WD Adventures Wanaka

A great way to get off the beaten track and see some of the real Wanaka. Accessing some secret spots known only to the locals. Also experience stunning views and visit high country farms with red deer, sheep and cattle intertwined with crystal clear rivers, streams and snow capped mountains. Visit sites of historical and cultural reference with our knowledgeable local guides. In Short there are a variety of 4WD options to enhance your New Zealand experience. During your New Zealand vacation we can arrange private romantic mountain top picnics, combining a 4WD with a helicopter flight. How about a cruise on Lake Wanaka, jet boat ride, or a guided hike? We can also arrange guides that have specialist knowledge of local history, photography, farming or wine if you have a particular interest. Talk to the Luxury Adventures team to include this recommended Wanaka activity into your itinerary.   

Wanaka activities
Fly a Plane in Wanaka

Up in the Air

Wanaka has its own airport, mainly used for recreational flights, along with the base for the famous War Birds annual air show. With the Mt Aspiring National Park, Milford Sound and the lakes of Wanaka and Hawea, there is no shortage of spectacular views to see from the air. Both Wanaka and Queenstown are ideal destinations to take a helicopter flight to Milord Sound, the glaciers or Mount Cook. Try your hand at Parasailing or hang gliding, you can even try flying yourself in a vintage biplane, such as an old Tiger moth. See Wanaka from a different perspective and take to the air!

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Kay Campbell

Originally from the UK, I now call New Zealand my home, relocating 15 years ago with my husband and two children. I have been with Luxury Adventures for 15 years. When not planning perfect vacations and honeymoons for our clients, I enjoy running and recently completed the Queenstown marathon, along with reading, walking in the bush and on the beach with my two dogs and finding new favourite places in New Zealand.

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