This is a spectacular time of year to visit Lake Wānaka as autumn brings a flamboyant mix of colours from glowing golds to vibrant reds.

The Southern Lakes

The calm weather conditions allow for a myriad of outdoor adventures. Relaxing walks and bike rides along the Lake Wānaka waterfront or a scenic cruise taking in the autumn colours and pristine lake reflections.

Autumn is a great time to explore the region with a sight-seeing tour or take to the skies for a scenic flight taking in the spectacular splendour of the Lake Wānaka region. This time of year is a photographer’s dream, discover the work of local artists and the thriving arts and crafts culture in Wānaka.

Take in the colours, fresh crisp air and dusky nights of Wānaka as nature prepares for the winter chill.

The spectacular autumnal colours of Lake Wānaka gave the Festival of Colour its name. The Southern Lakes Festival of Colour is based in the heart of the Southern Alps on the shores of Lake Wānaka. A premiere destination for national and international travellers, Lake Wānaka is centrally located, easy to reach by road and air, and only 1 hour’s drive from Queenstown and approximately 5 hours from Christchurch.