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free wanaka activities

With so much natural beauty in Wanaka and the surrounding region there are plenty
of great free activities and attractions that you can enjoy on your Wanaka holiday. We have listed some free activities that you can enjoy in Wanaka:

  •  Accommodation deal  Mount Iron Walk: The 1.5 hour return walk will take you 240 metres above Lake Wanaka to see beautiful panoramas of the region.

  • Waterfall Creek Track: An easy 2.5 kilometre walk takes you by Rippon Vineyard and has great lake views before you reach Waterfall Creek.

  •  Mt Aspiring National Park: Beautiful scenery throughout the park can be further explored on a longer walk, but there are several spectacular spots only a short distance away. Take a two minute walk to see the 28 metre Thunder Creek Falls
    or explore the Blue Pools on a 15 minute walk over a swing bridge.

  •  Lake Wanaka Winter  Glendhu Bay: Take a picnic or short stroll along the water's edge to enjoy the beauty of Lake Wanaka in quite seclusion.

  • Cardrona Hotel: Visit the historic hotel which was established in 1863 and is one of New Zealand's oldest hotels.

  • Rob Roy Track: A great half day walks through the Matukituki Valley taking
    3-5 hours where you will see glaciers, waterfalls and experience the alpine surroundings.

  • Blue Pools Trail: An easy walk starting from the car park in SH 6 near Makarora.  The trail winds through beech forest to a swing bridge overlooking the pools at the mouth of the Blue River.  Large trout can often be seen feeding in the pools.

  • Wilkin Valley Walks: The Wilkin Valley, accessed from Makarora, offers a variety of walking options from the multi-day Gillespie Pass Circuit, to the half day fly-walk-jetboat combos of the Siberia Valley and the spectacular glacier lakes of the Upper Wilkin Valley.

There are several other paid activities in Wanaka to explore from rejuvenation, leisure, scenic and adventure activities.

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