Southern Lakes Holiday Action
The alpine lakeside town of Wanaka offers visitors a wide range of activities, from a leisurely stroll along the Clutha River, to total outdoor adventure with some of the country’s top operators. There are lake cruises, rafting and jet boating options, wine tours, the unique Puzzling World and 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. It is now possible to walk or cycle completely off-road between Luggate, Wanaka, Albert Town and Lake Hawea.
Scenic Flights with Glacier Landings
Take a scenic helicopter flight above the backbone of the Southern Alps. Get up close to the majestic peak of Mount Aspiring, the pinnacle peak in our local National Park. See the spectacular blue ice and land on the Isobel Glacier at 7000ft / 2,300mt with views across the snow-covered peaks.
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.
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.
Winter Sport in Wanaka
The four resorts of Cardrona, Treble Cone, Snowpark and Snowfarm 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.