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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
Yanin GulamYanin Gulam 06/14/2014
Susan MansonSusan Manson I live here, and host here 02/05/2014
FRENCHACCENTFRENCHACCENT In Wanaka at the moment 07/04/2014
Katarzyna CebulaKatarzyna Cebula I'd love to meet great people 06/26/2014


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Fox Glacier/Franz Josef GlacierJANINA862  11/28/2013
Ride offered up the west coast and beyond! ASAPAudrey Shepherd-  11/28/2013
Drive my car from Wanaka to Dunedin or Christchurch. Thursday the 19th of sept. Car relocation. You just pay petrol and drop it off somewhere in either city and I'm happy.Craig Smith-  09/18/2013
Looking for some buddies in the South Island!Derrek Mustelik-  09/12/2013
Long term rental wantedPetra Papič-  09/10/2013
treble cone meet upJuan Asher1  07/28/2013
Anyone teach Spanish??!!!Bryan Clough-  07/28/2013
Wanaka Meet UpLuke Wigram2  07/18/2013
Meet Up?Niamh Kane2  06/25/2013
Surfing in WanakaAlly Kay-  06/14/2013
live musicAmiria Kiddle-  06/14/2013
SUBARU LEGACY FOR SALE!!Irene Frizzarin-  06/03/2013
I will be there about 1 year and I will want meet happy people !!!Dulce García López7  05/30/2013
Flatmate anyoneJuan Asher-  05/28/2013
Early season Skiing [and riding]Luke Wigram3  05/28/2013
trip to Chrischurch around June 15Irene Frizzarin-  05/27/2013
Wanaka Meet UpLuke Wigram-  05/19/2013
Finding night work in wanakaJuan Asher7  05/18/2013
Moving to Wanaka! April 2013...cerah8  05/18/2013
snowboard pants burton ak cyclic 2012 for sale!Juan Asher-  05/18/2013