Wanaka

Wanaka

Wanaka

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 Wanaka.


History has it that Maori came here to hunt and fish during their stop-offs on the way to the West Coast to find pounamu, and current dwellers will tell you that the love of the great outdoors hasn’t diminished an inch.

Mountains surrounding the area are world-renowned spots for climbing, biking and skiing, so it’s no wonder Wanaka is home to many super sports people.

When the locals aren’t out and about in the forests, hills or lake, you’ll find them in town at one of the many fantastic eateries or bars, thanks to a steadily increasing number of entrepreneurs who are providing food and wine done with class.

A picture of Lake Wanaka.