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We have scoured the stunning mountain and lakeside town of Wānaka to discover the best in eating, drinking, shopping, and more. Explore our favourite places in our guide.

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Wānaka City Itinerary

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The neatest things to see, eat, and do.

Recline and unwind: NZ's independent cinema experiences

The pink and black exterior of The Mayfair in Kaikoura.

Picture this, it’s Friday night, you’re settling into your favourite reclining lounger, a glass of wine in hand and the opening credits are beginning on the screen in front of you. Sure this situation could be in your living room at home but why not amp up the cosiness vibes and treat yourself to a trip to your local independent cinema.

7 South Island Road Trips to Add to Your Bucket List

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Christchurch & Canterbury

Fill up the tank; a South Island road trip adventure awaits.

Forget the Chocolate Eggs, Let’s Hunt For The Best Hot Cross Buns

A big tray of hot cross buns from Volare, Hamilton.

It’s that time of year; hot cross bun season and we’re all about it.

Ode to Long Lunches

People having a long lunch at Tussock Hill Vineyard, Christchurch.

Is there anything more satisfying than a lingering long lunch?

Written in the Green Grocer stars.

Close up of Jesse Herbert standing inside Freshlink Grocer.
Jesse Herbert knew from age 18 that he would become a Green Grocer – no question. Fast forward to now, he is the proud owner of Freshlink Grocer and co-owner of Dripping Bowl food trailer – two Wānaka institutions bursting full of heart and bringing the good food to the people. We caught up with Jesse to hear about his journey…

Tour Your Tastebuds Around Wānaka's Flourishing Food and Drink Scene

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Wānaka is full of local food and drink entrepreneurs ready to bring you the region’s bounty.

Load up Your Tote Bag at Wānaka's Best Independent Boutiques

Interior view of The Workroom, Wānaka.

Immerse yourself in Wānaka's creative shopping scene.

9 Best Independent New Zealand Florists to Celebrate Spring

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Are you ready for a fresh bunch of blooms as we head into Spring? Here's where to go for your floral fix.

Get your Pocket Guide for Wānaka

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Formerly known as Pembroke, this lakeside town was originally formed during the Gold Rush of the 19th century. Fast forward 100 plus years and although locals may no longer be digging for gold, they’ve certainly found it in the lifestyle that is living in Wānaka.

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Rhyme and Reason

Graffiti on the wall at Rhyme and Reason, Wānaka.
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A brewery slash tasting room and bar, visit this sunny spot for a pint or fill up a rigger for takeaway.

Ground Up

Glass of beer on the table.
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A brewery and taproom in one, this local favourite continues to grow from the ground up.

Kai Whaka Pai

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An absolute town institution, this place is humming with people Monday to Sunday, Winter through to Summer.


Outdoor area with bikes parked up outside at b.social, Wānaka.
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The b.social Brewery and Bar is a great spot for eating and drinking that is worthy of a visit (or many) whether you’re just in town for the weekend or call this beautiful region home year round.

Cardrona Hotel

Entrance to Cardrona Hotel.
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Rumoured to be the most photographed building in the country, Cardrona Hotel was built in 1863 as first and foremost a place to stay for hardworking gold miners.

Cardrona Distillery

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Stop by for a tour and tasting session at Cardrona Distillery, and set your eyes on the magnificent copper stills that are responsible for turning grain into spirits.

Cork Bar

Brown leather booth seating at Cork, Wānaka.
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The place to go for evening drinks, Cork has an impressive array of wines, beers, fine spirits and cocktails. Served by bartenders that truly do know their stuff, it’s likely you’ll develop an infatuation with this bar very quickly.

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Hook Wānaka - Lake to Plate

Fishing rods on display.
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Fast becoming ‘the thing to do in Wānaka’, the Hook restaurant provides a unique lake to plate experience where locals and visitors can catch their own Chinook...

Burrito Craft

Person ordering at the Burrito Craft food truck in Wānaka.
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Easygoing vibes make this permanent food truck a non-pretentious spot to park up and enjoy some food al fresco style.

Bistro Gentil

Indoor seating.
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A fine-dining restaurant boasting a love affair with French cuisine, Bistro Gentil serves excellent meals in a beautiful, sultry interior.

Red Star Burger

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A Wānaka institution, Red Star has been filling hungry bellies with burgers for over 15 years.