Wanaka’s Best Cultural Experiences

Wanaka’s Best Cultural Experiences

From Maori heritage to food, wine and the arts, Wanaka is guaranteed to give you a cultural fix. If you find yourself in the lakeside town on New Zealand’s South Island for your next holiday, you can’t go past these top experiences to truly immerse yourself in the vibrant, dynamic and unique culture.

Embark on the ultimate Maori Culture Experience with WanaHaka and connect with the people of the land. Experience an authentic and hands on history lesson with a personal Wero challenge using a traditional Taiaha weapon, a Hongi greeting and Haka experience at the iconic Wanaka Tree. You will even leave with a unique Maori bone carving as a souvenir of your experience.

Photo Source: Wanahaka

Wine has become firmly engrained in Wanaka’s culture. Take a step back to where it all started at Rippon, Wanaka’s oldest vineyard. Stroll the vineyards, eat delicious fresh, local produce with a glass (or three!) of one of New Zealand’s finest drops.

Photo Source: Rippon

Art buffs will feel right at home in Wanaka, home to numerous galleries showcasing the works of some of New Zealand and the region’s most talented artists. From paintings to prints and sculpture, Wanaka Fine Art Gallery covers all forms of expression. Alternatively, the photographers out there will love The Picture Lounge. Despite focusing on landscape within the region, the collection encapsulates the true New Zealand experience.

Photo Source: Wanaka Fine Art Gallery

Nothing spells culture quite like food. Wanaka Gourmet Kitchen is situated on the shore of Lake Wanaka, serving up a menu that truly is Wanaka on a plate. Don’t know where to start? You can’t go past the Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder, their famous signature dish. If you want something a little more relaxed, the Wanaka Artisan Market is held every Thursday from 3 – 6pm and features the best locally sourced fresh produce, homemade goodies and regional delights.

Photo Source: Wanaka Artisan Markets

Classic Holidays members can access accommodation in the heart of Wanaka at Pines Resort and Edgewater Club Resort. Get in touch with us to book your New Zealand escape to experience Wanaka’s culture for yourself!


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