Guide12 Hours Wānaka

A place where every house in town seems to have a million-dollar view, you'll find endless activities to fill 12 hours in Wānaka.

Women drinking wine.

The neatest things to see, eat, and do.

When the locals aren’t out and about in the forests, hills, or lake, you’ll find them in town eating, drinking, and wearing some of the best in the business, and you should join them.


Unsurprisingly, this is a town of early-risers, and how can you blame them when you’re waking up to a view as magnificent as Lake Wānaka? Join the locals and head out into town bright and early to see what’s going on.

Lakeside Walk to Waterfall Creek

Wānaka Lakeside

With what's planned for the rest of the day, it's probably a good time to get some exercise and take a lakeside stroll from the township to waterfall Creek which will take around 1.5 hours to return. Another box ticked as you'll pass ‘The Wanaka Tree’ and Edgewater. 

Photo credit: Ethan Dow

Lake side with famous Wānaka tree in the background.


As the morning rush passes don’t be fooled into thinking there’s a lull of action in town. If numbers have decreased since the AM, it’s probably because everyone is out hiking, biking, kayaking, or swimming. Feel free to do the same, but just know there’s plenty more to see in town, too.


An afternoon in Cardrona Valley is something traveller dreams are made of, hence why you’ll see so many beaming people out this way. If you don’t check yourself you’ll end up just like them.


Evening time may be cooler on the thermometer but you still need to be able to handle the heat of a fun night out in town.

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