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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
Kira DeschauxKira Deschaux planning to spend time there this winter 02/06/2014
Lucie AidartLucie Aidart Going there for a few days 04/06/2014
Patricia Anna-MariaPatricia Anna-Maria cause I live now in wanaka 02/19/2014
sarah Mowdaysarah Mowday 12/23/2013
Hau-Pheng ChangHau-Pheng Chang New town for the next months 04/15/2014


Group Posts

  Title By Replies Date
ski boot for sale!Tomas Fernandez Ocampo-  08/24/2012
Travelmate Queenstown to West Coast or Te Anau/Milford SoundMirko Sauvan-  07/26/2012
Wonderful room available in Wanaka!Bram Whillock-  07/23/2012
Moving in Wanaka: Ski touring...Socializing...Rock Climbing...Flatting....Wwoofing...EnjoyingJulien Gaubert-  07/22/2012
spare couch for a nice guy?!Mirko Sauvan-  07/13/2012
Looking for knee or elbowpadsChente Vanthillo1  07/11/2012
Who goes snowkiting?Chente Vanthillo1  07/11/2012
Looking for a host and activitiesThomas Kuitenbrouwer-  07/10/2012
Looking for company to go trekking, for a coffee or any other socialising! + Rideshare Wanaka-CHCHElina Johnson-  07/10/2012
Let's have a meetup!Bram Whillock4  07/02/2012
Hey Everyone!Lauren Hyden2  06/26/2012
Info session about Ski Touring at MT Outdoors tonight, 7pmBram Whillock-  06/20/2012
CS Meetup this Tuesday @ Woody's!Bram Whillock2  06/14/2012
looking for a room in wanakaEliza Rieger1  06/11/2012
Party, Craig's house in Queenstown { in case any Wanakites?, Wanakers ?, wanakonians? are over this way}.Cs and friends.Sat 16th June from 7pm. BYOCraig Smith-  06/09/2012
Climbing in Wanaka at the FlatsBram Whillock-  06/08/2012
Looking for Cardrona people to share accommodation!Hannah Louise3  06/07/2012
Meet up anybody?Jeff Krone20  06/05/2012
woody's quiz night - tuesdays 7pmSamantha Lea3  06/05/2012
advise about rent till august ?Marie Pavlasova3  05/31/2012