If ever there were a time to visit Wānaka, it is autumn. Not for nothing is the festival called The Wānaka Festival of Colour; Mother Nature pulls out all the stops at this time of the year.

Things To Do

There is a myriad of things to do when you are in Wānaka whether you are a biker or a hiker, a photographer or a fly fisherman, a thrill seeker or a café crawler. Autumn is generally one of the calmest seasons and, with many of Wānaka’s bars, restaurants, venues and shops centrally based, the lakefront path, whether on foot or on bike, is the perfect commuter track during your time in Wānaka.

A short drive away you have the rugged Lake Hāwea, the burgeoning township of Albert Town and Cardrona, home to one of the region’s earliest goldrushes and still a thriving community.

With vineyards, a distillery, a salmon farm, a lavender farm, a swimming pool, the Blue Pools and so much more, the Wānaka Festival of Colour will give you the perfect excuse to explore all that the region has to offer.

We have serviced apartments, B&Bs, town based motels, luxury lodges, farmstays and country retreats aplenty; whether you’re after mountain vistas, valley views or a lakeside lookout, you will find it within easy reach of the festival’s venues.

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