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Wanaka

Lake Wanaka is situated on New Zealand's fourth largest lake and is the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park.

Each season brings its own distinctive atmosphere; from the long, hot sunny days of summer to the crisp winters days, featuring the clearest of winter skies. 

The lake is the playground for water based activities such as lake cruises, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing water skiing, boating and fishing. Nearby there is river rafting and canyoning.

The extremes of the climate produce unique grapes which abound in the many vineyards in the region. Pinot Noir wines are synonymous with the region but don't stop there. Children are enthralled by the attractions and activities or you can relax at one of the boutique movie venues.

The region is a haven for  adventurous outdoor sports fans; from rock climbing to trekking, mountain biking to sky-diving. There is something to suit all levels of fitness and adrenaline seekers.

Wanaka's relaxed pace of life allows you to get away from the crowds and simply do your own thing.

For more information on Wanaka visit Lake Wanaka Tourism's official website and download this handy, comprehensive Wanaka map.

Queenstown

Destination Queenstown is nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and is surrounded by majestic mountains, which are snow capped in the winter. Queenstown is also the international gateway to the region as Queenstown Airport welcomes flights from the East Coast of Australia and offers many domestic connections.

Queenstown is only 1 hours drive from Wanaka via the most direct route, the Crown Range.

Alternatively travelling from Wanaka to Queenstown via Cromwell takes only 20 minutes longer but you can stop off the Cromwell area to visit wineries or taste the freshest fruits from the nearby orchards.

In winter you may want to intersperse your Wanaka ski experiences with a day or two at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables. Year round the views from Skyline Skyrides are a photographers' delight or you may want to spend time on the rivers and lakes or exploring the many cycling and trekking trails.

For further information on Queenstown visit Destination Queenstown's official website.

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