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Wanaka is a town situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the South Island of New Zealand. It is the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park. Wanaka shares many of the characteristics that draw millions of tourists to Queenstown each year – the mountains, the lakes and the outdoors – yet it enjoys a far smaller profile. In many ways it's the little brother to Queenstown – many would say the cooler little brother.

During winter, Wanaka is used as a base for skiing and working in Cardrona, Snow Park/Snow Farm and Treble Cone and has a true 'ski town' vibe. During the summer it's a busy holiday town for New Zealanders; many of the houses in town are baches (holiday houses). Lake Wanaka, New Zealand's fourth-largest at 192 square kilometres, is also a popular boating destination (it's warmer than Lake Wakatipu), as is the nearby Lake Hawea.

Located just outside of town, Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World's major feature is The Great Maze, a 1.5 km two story maze of confusing passages. The site also features dozens of optical illusions and puzzles. Check out Wanaka's version of the Leaning Tower and the free puzzles in the Puzzling Cafe. Warbirds Museum showcases fighter aircraft and more, featuring the Hurricane, Mustang, LA-9, Vampire and Polikarpov fighters. Tells the story of New Zealand fighter pilots.

Wanaka is a mecca for outdoor adventure; day hikes, rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, boating on the lake or rivers, horse trekking, skydiving, scenic flights and more. There is also a range of hiking and mountaineering in the rugged and spectacular Mt. Aspiring National Park World Heritage area; and skiing in the nearby ski fields - Cardrona, Treble Cone, Snow Park/Snow Farm, and further afield near Queenstown Coronet Peak and the Remarkables.


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