Things To Do

  • Walk the lakeside track to Rippon Vineyard (45 minutes from the lodge) and enjoy the spectacular view across to little Ruby Island.  They held Cabarets on this island during the 1930's.  Perhaps continue on a little further to Waterfall Creek.
  • Soak in our spa pool & enjoy the mountain views
  • Walk to the War Memorial Lookout, just behind the lodge, for great views of the township, the bay & mountains – morning is best, with the sun behind you!
  • Have a swim in the lake at a secluded beach
  • Walk (or bike) the flat & easy waterside tracks either side of Roys Bay
  • Feed the ducks down at the waterfront – there are eels there too, off the jetty!
  • Tackle the 3 hr Rob Roy Glacier walk to a hanging glacier in the Mt Aspiring National Park (please don’t share your lunch with the Keas!)
  • Walk Mt Iron - stunning 360 degree views - who needs a gym! (1 ½ hr circuit)
  • Walk the Outlet Track alongside world famous trout fishing waters
  • `People-watch’ from one of the many cafes & bars

 

 

 

 

  • Drive to the head of the lake (1 hr) & enjoy a short walk (30 mins return) through beech forest in the National Park to the popular Blue Pools, where there are often large trout to be seen
  • Walk one of Rocky Mountain’s three walk options (1.5, 2 or 3 hrs) for stunning panoramas from the lower end of the lake
  • Walk the river track that links Lake Hawea to Albert Town & Lake Wanaka (3-4 hrs)
  • Tackle Mt Roy (5-6 hrs, 1500+ metres) for the optimum view of our landscape. Not for the casual stroller!
  • Hire a kayak & paddle to Ruby Island. Take your lunch & make a day of it. There are gas BBQ's on the island for public use.
  • Sit on the beach with a hokey pokey ice cream – yummy!
  • Jaffa’s, fresh cookies, homemade ice cream, beer & wine - at the movies - at www.paradiso.net.nz
  • Buy your licence and fish along the Clutha River: you bring it back & we will smoke it for you!
  • `Wanaka’s wonderful world of weirdness’ – be amazed in the illusion rooms and/or the maze (labyrinth)! – www.puzzlingworld.co.nz
  • A world class collection of warbirds aircraft, classic cars, & a massive airshow every 2nd Easter weekend, incl. 2012  www.warbirdsandwheels.com
  • Have a go ... at Have a Shot  - for both the novice & the experienced!
  • Hire some gear & enjoy a round of golf at the very picturesque golf course www.wanakagolf.co.nz
  • “Extraordinary!” That is the word we hear the most from guests who have visited the Transport & Toy Museum! Something for everyone ... is there a child in you still? www.wanakatransportandtoymuseum.com
  • Learn about the brewing process & enjoy a beer in their tasting room. www.wanakabeerworks.co.nz
  • Challenge yourself at Wanaka’s Clip ‘n Climb, an indoor climbing experience www.basecampwanaka.co.nz
  • Take the water taxi to Ruby Island.  Pack a picnic or use the BBQ on the island for a peacefull time on the lake.
  • Mark’s personalised small group tours include guided nature walks & farm tours  www.ridgelinenz.com
  • Fly, troll or spin fish on the lake – we will smoke your catch for you! www.adventurewanaka.com
  • Ice-blue glaciers & alpine snow landings  www.aspiringhelicopters.co.nz
  • Sue & Brent’s magnificent wilderness jet boat adventure, LOTR locations, local Maori culture ... much, much more than a jet boat ride! www.wanakariverjourneys.co.nz