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Wanaka {meaning "glistening mountain"} is simply paradise on earth. Beauty, serenity and sheer all year round seasonal excitement. With its beautiful lake and mountain views, Wanaka has become a popular tourist resort, loved by many for being less commercialised than Queenstown.

Wanaka boasts a growing number of excellent restaurants, cafes and a diverse nightlife. Other attractions in the town include Puzzling World and the Paradiso Cinema. Puzzling World contains a 3d maze, optical illusions and a leaning tower. The Paradiso is a classic old cinema, with seating of old coaches, chairs and a car. There are a number of wineries in the area too.

The main attractions however are the great walks {Aspiring national park} and lake Wanaka in the summer, and Treble cone and Cardrona ski fields in the winter.


Early Otago Maori used local passes to reach the greenstone (pounamu) on the West Coast. There was small Maori settlements (kianga) at Wanaka and Hawea, mostly camping places for the summer fishing and fowling. These kianga were mostly wiped out by a northern Maori war party in 1836.

The gold rushes in Central Otago (1860's] brought a huge demand for the timber at the lake and large amounts of sawn lengths from Makarora and Matukituki were floated down the Clutha to Cromwell and Clyde. Then gold was discovered in the Cardrona Valley, and hundreds of miners were ferried across the Clutha at Albert Town. The main Cardrona claims were the Gin and Raspberry, the Pirate and the Homeward Bound. However, the major discoveries on the West Coast saw most move out and by the late 1870’ most of the European, and the Chinese miners who followed them, had gone.

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Craig Smith Craig Smith moderator want to meet the wanaka CSers 01/11/2009
Chris and Jill Lambourne Chris and Jill Lambourne moderator Wanaka is a a very special part of the world 08/15/2009
Glen Jansen Glen Jansen moderator 03/29/2008
Danielle MartinDanielle Martin Because I just moved to the area! 02/26/2014
Gavin FirkserGavin Firkser Sticking around for a while :) 02/03/2011
sarah Mowdaysarah Mowday 12/23/2013
zach Feekzach Feek 01/31/2014
Kira DeschauxKira Deschaux planning to spend time there this winter 02/06/2014


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ride offer wanaka to chch monday 21St afternoonEaswaran - ICEMAN - Krishnaswamy-  04/20/2014
Could I please have some winter work advice? Thanks!Kira Deschaux-  04/20/2014
Missons around wanaka areaGavin Firkser-  04/19/2014
Urgent: looking for last minute couch for one night 18/4!!Naama Schweitzer-  04/17/2014
coffee/ dinner / jamming /meet upEaswaran - ICEMAN - Krishnaswamy-  04/15/2014
roadtripsarah Mowday-  04/12/2014
Renting a car for a day trip to Haast-Jackson Bay (11 or 12th of April)Lucie Aidart-  04/06/2014
Coffee/wine with a new local?Danielle Martin1  04/05/2014
Anyone going to Jurassic 5 next Thurs (MAr 27th)?Hilary Duinker2  03/21/2014
Looking for people for a road trip 21.-24. MarchKatharina Kathy-  03/16/2014
Couch wanted around Otago/Southland - Ride share offer: 6th-13th MarchFREDAUPOINT974-  03/04/2014
any Spanish speakers out there?Danielle Martin-  03/02/2014
Catlins and Farmjam for the weekendKatharina Kathy-  02/27/2014
15$ Bus ticket from wanaka to CHCH on 23rd at 10Mariko Isi-  02/20/2014
looking for good company to go hiking or meeting up for a chatPatricia Anna-Maria-  02/19/2014
19.2. Wanaka to CHRISTCHURCH - free seats in the car:-)Marketa Bilasova-  02/17/2014
Mt. Roy Peak Track, spare seat(s) available for 11th FebPatrik Affentranger-  02/10/2014
Wanaka area 9-12 FebruaryYuri Awanohara-  02/07/2014
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