Visiting Wanaka before winter is simply one of our best-kept secrets. It’s a time for lots of local events. Autumn is coming to a close. The autumn colours are still simply beautiful. Easter celebrations are over. The school holidays still create a vibe in town as local families are out and about and those who visit Wanaka get the last of the best of Wanaka before winter actually arrives.
For those of you looking for a focus to come to Wanaka at this time, there are so many small local markets and festivals to enjoy that celebrate everything from music to food and wine and craft beer at the end of the autumn. The Luma festival of lights is in June and that leads into the winter festival (a week of celebrations at the start of July)
When we are checking in our guests we often are giving away little gems of local knowledge not just passing over the keys. We often discover a guests interests and point them in the right direction. It is always surprising how many travelers arrive in town purely to enjoy the magic of the season before Winter gets underway.
Wanaka is also fondly known as the active capital in the region, with multitudes of serious, amateur, and professional as well as elite athletes based here. The Contact Epic race is scheduled, late April, and the southern lakes Marathon, half marathon, and 10km race in early May.
Wanaka is a bit of a cyclist’s mecca. Many arrive with their bikes, however, there are loads of options for rentals. They use Wanaka as their base while they explore the hundreds of km of tracks and trails in the region. Lycra-clad bikers of all ages can be seen out and about on the tracks and in the multitudes of cafes, bars, and restaurants.
Here in Wanaka guests can begin to curate their own local experiences. When they ask, we set guests off on a path around the tracks and trails that we as locals know. We listen to our guests and recommend routes we know they will enjoy. These always include some stunning scenery. It is these experiences that create those enduring memories of a holiday well spent.