Live Like a Local in Wanaka

Live Like a Local in Wanaka

Situated in the alps on New Zealand’s South Island, Wanaka attracts visitors from across the globe to its natural beauty and contrasting landscapes.

However, it’s the hidden gems that make the region so special. We’ve unearthed Wanaka’s best kept secrets that will have you experiencing the lakeside town just like the locals do.

1. If you’re a keen angler, Wanaka is renowned for its salmon and trout fishing, and Stevensons Arm in Lake Wanaka is on the top of locals’ lists to snag a winning catch.

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2. On the hunt for a top spot to have a dip? Main Beach on Lake Wanaka is a firm favourite, with jumping off the wharf and swimming out to the pontoon a rite of passage for the locals.

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3. Looking for somewhere to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner? With an endless list, your hardest decision is knowing where to start. Federal Diner is one of Wanaka’s most popular eateries and serves up a delicious menu all day long.

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4. Whether you’re looking for a freshly baked treat or a homemade treasure to remember your trip, Wanaka Artisan Market is held every Thursday from 3 – 6pm and has all your local, fresh and homemade needs covered.

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5. Strap on your sneakers and tackle the Mount Iron Walk, a short 1.5 hour walk popular amongst locals and visitors alike for the 360 degree panoramic views that await at the summit.

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6. For a relaxing, warming beverage with a view, picture-perfect scenes can be found at the Wanaka Lavender Farm. Overlook sweeping and fragrant fields of purple while unwinding over a cup of tea for a truly memorable Wanaka experience.

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7. The crystal clear Blue Pools are one of the region’s best kept secrets and can be found nestled just 30 minutes down an easy walking track.

8. Go where the locals go for dessert at Black Peak Gelato, with a delicious range of gelato and sorbets made with a 70-year-old Italian recipe using local produce.

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Classic Holidays members can access accommodation in the heart of Wanaka at the Classic Managed Edgewater Club and Pines Resort. Get in touch with us to book your New Zealand escape to experience Wanaka like a local!


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