Yesterday I arrived in Wanaka, and I absolutely love it!
The location of the town is amazing. It’s right on Lake Wanaka, with Mt. Aspiring National Park as the backdrop. Right from downtown you get an incredible view of the snow covered peaks bordering the lake.
Lake Wanaka is the second largest lake in NZ and is known for its endless activities – wake boarding, kayaking, paddle boarding, skiing, swimming, hiking, etc.
It’s a smaller town (est. population is 6,900), but supposedly triples population in the summer months. I think in the past several years it’s become really popular with the “backpacking” crowd. Tons to do and cheaper than Queenstown (the “adventure capital” of NZ about an hour south.)
Today I went on a walk/hike on one side of the lake, called the Glendhu trail. Both a hiking and mountain biking trail, it winds along the lake giving incredible views! I’m not sure how far it goes but I walked for at least 3 hours, one way, so it goes pretty far.