General information about Wanaka, including how to get there, driving distances and times, activities and attractions, and a map of Wanaka.
In 2013, there were about 6,471 people living in Wanaka, so compared to Christchurch, which has a population of 341,469, Wanaka is a very small town.
How to get to Wanaka
While Wanaka has an airport for scenic and charter flights, there are no commercial flights to it. However, you can fly to Queenstown airport, which is the closest international airport and then drive or catch a bus to Wanaka.
The following table displays driving times and distances to a few selected places around Wanaka.
Note that all driving times and distances have been calculated by Google.
|Lake Hawea||17 minutes (17.15 km / 10.65 mi)|
|Cromwell||39 minutes (54.08 km / 33.6 mi)|
|Arrowtown||52 minutes (54.26 km / 33.72 mi) via Cardrona|
|Makarora||53 minutes (64.23 km / 39.91 mi)|
|Queenstown||1 hour and 5 minutes (67.21 km / 41.76 mi) via Cardrona|
|Haast||1 hour and 44 minutes (141.87 km / 88.16 mi)|
|Mount Cook Village||2 hours and 18 minutes (199.46 km / 123.94 mi)|
|Lake Tekapo||2 hours and 18 minutes (200.57 km / 124.63 mi)|
|Dunedin||3 hours and 6 minutes (253.84 km / 157.73 mi)|
|Fox Glacier||3 hours and 7 minutes (262.35 km / 163.01 mi)|
|Franz Josef Glacier||3 hours and 31 minutes (285.4 km / 177.34 mi)|
|Christchurch||5 hours and 10 minutes (427.91 km / 265.89 mi)|
Wanaka attractions and activities
The big attractions in Wanaka are Lake Wanaka and the mountains around Lake Wanaka.
In spring, summer, and autumn, Lake Wanaka serves for activities on the water (cruising, jet boating, fishing, watersports, etc.), while the mountains serve for hiking (for example, Mount Roy and Diamond Lake) and activities in the air (scenic flights, skydiving, paragliding, etc.)
Due to a change in Google’s terms, maps have had to be removed from this website. You must now visit the Google Maps website to see the map of Wanaka.
This article falls under Maps.
Note: This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm all details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.