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Southern Lakes Holiday Action
The area surrounding Wanaka offers visitors a wide range of activities, from a stroll along the Clutha River to total outdoor adventure. Cruise the lake, hire a raft or jet boat, take a wine tour, visit Puzzling World or the highly regarded Transport and Toy Museum. Visit the Lake Wanaka Official Tourism website to plan for your stay in Wanaka.
Mountain Biking & Walking
Zula Lodge is situated in mountain biking paradise! Choose among the Hawea river track, the Upper Clutha track, the Outlet track, Deans Bank and the more technical forest tracks above the Outlet track. In town, there is a bike park plus the Millenium track which goes all the way to Glendhu Bay. Further afield you may want to explore the West Wanaka track.
Explore the Southern Alps
Whether you hike, take a scenic helicopter flight, get high on Wild Wire, or choose to paraglide, don’t miss the backbone of the Southern Alps. Get up close to the majestic peak of Mount Aspiring, the pinnacle peak in our local National Park. Enjoy the breathtaking views from Mount Roy, Isthmus Peak, or any number of the easier day hikes in the Wanaka / Hawea area.
Wanaka is the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park, which has a huge range of tramping tracks and popular alpine peaks. On the way to the national park there is a popular rock climbing area. The local Department of Conservation office in Wanaka will provide you with all the information you need to explore this stunningly beautiful area.
The lakes and rivers are a natural playground for fishing, boating and watersports, with kitesurfers, kayakers and rafters drawn to the area. The Clutha River is a popular Grade 1 kayaking run. The Hawea River also has some very good kayaking. Both the Clutha and Hawea Rivers offer world class fishing.
Winter Sport in Wanaka
The three resorts of Cardrona, Treble Cone, and Snow Farm offer snowsport enthusiasts internationally-rated terrain and facilities. During the busy winter season, you are advised to book your Wanaka accommodation well ahead.
A family resort 45 minutes drive from Wanaka, Cardrona has mainly intermediate terrain with excellent learner runs, a world-class ski and snowboard school and licensed childcare centres. It also has an internationally acclaimed terrain park and hosts a number of events such as the Burton Open and the New Zealand Winter Games.
Renowned for its stunning views of the Southern Alps and Lake Wanaka, the challenging off-piste terrain and long runs make it a magnet for serious skiers and snowboarders. Treble Cone also hosts a number of international race teams. A half-hour drive from Wanaka toward the Matukituki Valley and Mount Aspiring National Park, there are a number of scenic stop-offs to enjoy on the way home.
Cross-country skiers will love the groomed trails of this uncrowded area just a few kilometres up from the Snowpark. With easy access to flat beginner trails just outside the lodge to the 12km River Run and Loop, there is a wide selection of terrain and trails to choose from. Trails are groomed to accommodate both classic and skating styles.