Tag Archives: Wanaka

The Big Fib at the Heart of NZ Picture-Perfect Peaks

The Big Fib at the Heart of NZ Picture-Perfect Peaks

“Roys Peak in Lake Wanaka is one of New Zealand’s most Instagrammed day walks, a three-hour hike that offers sweeping views towards Mount Aspiring and the Southern Alps,” writes Eleanor Ainge Roy in an…

Epic Fly Rods in Demand All over the Globe

Epic Fly Rods in Demand All over the Globe

A fiberglass fly rod made by the Wanaka-based Swift Fly Fishing Company is in hot demand all over the world, according to a recent TVNZ report. “We’ve got rods in probably every continent of the…

How Wanaka Became NZ’s New Adventure Capital

How Wanaka Became NZ’s New Adventure Capital

With its bungee jumps, giant swings, jet boats and ski fields, Queenstown isn’t known as the adventure capital of the world for nothing. Until recently, nearby Wanaka was typically likened to a more low-key…

How to Honeymoon in New Zealand

How to Honeymoon in New Zealand

Wanting to take their time soaking in jagged mountains, rolling pastures, steep fjords, pristine lakes, raging rivers and scenic beaches, Indonesians Gwen Winarno and Yudha Budhisurya took a road trip in New Zealand while…

Wanaka Should Be on Your Next Travel Wish List

Wanaka Should Be on Your Next Travel Wish List

Starring Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon, A Wrinkle in Time, directed by Ava DuVernay, “happened to set up shop in Wanaka, a small town that is coincidentally a travel hot spot and must-visit for…

That Wanaka Tree a Social Media Sensation

That Wanaka Tree a Social Media Sensation

A crack willow tree, believed to have grown from an old fence post, has been photographed tens of thousands of times, with queues of photographers routinely forming on the lake’s shore to capture its…

Flickr’s Best Pictures of 2016

Flickr’s Best Pictures of 2016

“The photo-sharing site has compiled the 10 best uploaded photos of the world… From a winding road through a forest to an ethereal, peaceful lake it’s clear to see why the images were such a hit. The…

The 6 Best Snow Adventures In New Zealand

The 6 Best Snow Adventures In New Zealand

“The land of the long white cloud is home to breath-taking topography that ranges from indigenous beech forests to scorching beaches to wine country,” writes Elyse Romano for D’MARGE. In winter New…

NASA Releases Super Pressure Balloon

NASA Releases Super Pressure Balloon

Watch this Euronews clip of NASA releasing a super-pressure, 2,366 kg weather balloon at Wanaka airport on Tuesday, May 17. The launch was the first successful attempt.

How Far Would You Go For Wine

How Far Would You Go For Wine

“New Zealand holds a coveted position in the hearts of travelers, particularly those of us with a bent toward adventure sports or trout fishing or cycling or wine.” “New Zealand marks you. That’s because of who you…

Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow

Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow

Watch as large crowds gather for the bi-annual Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow at Easter 2016. The show celebrates classic aircraft and warbirds, as well as modern jets, sport…

Adventurer Captures NZ’s Untouched Beauty

Adventurer Captures NZ’s Untouched Beauty

Professional photographer, Belgian-born Johan Lolos, 28, travelled through New Zealand for one year exploring and photographing its beauty. His images have attracted more than 100,000 followers on Instagram. “After my year travelling in…

The 10 Most Instagrammed Places In New Zealand In 2015

The 10 Most Instagrammed Places In New Zealand In 2015

“New Zealand is basically just a country made entirely of absolute beauty. From the beaches to the glacial mountains, there’s nothing New Zealand can’t do,” writes Matt Whitehead in a Buzzfeed article…

5 Treasures of New Zealand’s South Island

5 Treasures of New Zealand’s South Island

Tourists often claim to have travelled the South Island after having spent a few days in the adventure capital Queenstown, according to Perzen Patel, who has travelled New Zealand extensively. She has collected her…

17 Stunning Spots In New Zealand

17 Stunning Spots In New Zealand

17 spots in New Zealand have been featured in a post on Buzzfeed as places that you will want to visit. 1. Lake Tekapo, McKenzie Country: “New Zealand’s highest peaks provide a beautiful backdrop to…

Is This Heaven on Earth? Amateur Photographer Captures Breathtaking Images of New Zealand’s South Island

Is This Heaven on Earth? Amateur Photographer Captures Breathtaking Images of New Zealand’s South Island

Antony Harrison, an amateur photographer has described New Zealand’s South Island as his favourite place on earth after travelling around the world for the past 14 years. The man from Manchester only began shooting with…

18 Instagram Accounts for Everyone Who Loves New Zealand

18 Instagram Accounts for Everyone Who Loves New Zealand

New Zealand is known worldwide for its natural beauty and stunning beachscapes. Buzzfeed has published a list of 17 Instagram accounts, which “will give you an overwhelming desire to book a one-way…

How Great Is It to Live in Wanaka?

How Great Is It to Live in Wanaka?

In Wanaka, New Zealand, all the locals have a favourite topic of conversation: how great it is to live in Wanaka, New Zealand, the Warrnambool  Standard’s Ben Groundwater discovers. “Spending time with Wanaka residents is…

NASA super-pressure balloon has been launched in Wanaka

NASA super-pressure balloon has been launched in Wanaka

A NASA super-pressure balloon has successfully been launched at Wanaka Airport around 1.15 am. It will continue to inflate and increase in size while rising 33 kilometers above Earth. The launch of the balloon and…

Whare Kea Lodge Amongst the World’s Best Hotel Dining

Whare Kea Lodge Amongst the World’s Best Hotel Dining

Wanaka’s Whare Kea Lodge restaurant is one of the world’s best hotel restaurants according to the Sydney Morning Herald’s Ute Junker. It is included alongside New York’s Nomad Hotel and London’s Mandarin-Oriental Hotel, where…

Winter Wonderland for World’s Best In-Training

Winter Wonderland for World’s Best In-Training

“Every August, the world’s best snowboarders come to work on big-air and physics-defying tricks in this tiny town hidden by mountains and surrounded by sheep,” New York Times reporter Joe Drapes writes. “The athletes…

Wanaka Area Boasts Otherworldly Scenery

Wanaka Area Boasts Otherworldly Scenery

“‘If you’re walking up to Lake Crucible, then it’s a good grunt,” explains the lady checking us in for the Siberia Experience; one of the most spectacular ways of seeing the Southern…

Staying Atop an Alpine Meadow

Staying Atop an Alpine Meadow

“Whare Kea Lodge pilot James Ford is gunning his helicopter up a wide, verdant valley on a perfect summer’s day,” Toronto Star travel editor Jim Byers describes. “He climbs up and up and clears a…

Makarora patience

Makarora patience

The Makarora River, which enters Lake Wanaka from the north, is where the Edmonton Sun’s Neil Waugh heads to fish. “You quickly learn that New Zealand trout fishing is unlike most other…

Intimate Sophistication

Intimate Sophistication

Wanaka’s Whare Kea is included in a Forbes’ list of the ‘World’s Top Microboutique Hotels’. “Whare Kea means ‘house of the kea’ in Maori — the kea being the world’s only alpine parrot. This…

Wilderness gold

Wilderness gold

“Just like the safari camp and the ski chalet, the New Zealand lodge is a triumph of reinvention, the transformation of a utilitarian wilderness refuge into tourism gold,” writes The Sydney Morning Herald’s Max…

Avalanche Highlight

Avalanche Highlight

The 8th Annual New Zealand Heli Challenge was recently held in Wanaka. The two-day Heli Challenge involves a “freestyle” day, while the other is reserved for “freeride” stylings. The highlights of the contest included…

Where the locals go

Where the locals go

“Sometimes in New Zealand the differences between us and them become much greater than a few murky vowel sounds and divided rugby and cricket loyalties,” The Australian’s Nicole Jeffery writes. Driving SUVs in snow…

Heart-stopping Gold

Heart-stopping Gold

Wanaka-based Adam Hall, 22, paralympian gold medallist alpine skier, never had any special treatment says his father dairy farmer Lindsay Hall upon Adam’s win in Vancouver at the 2010 Winter Games. “He never got…

Ski Season Success

Ski Season Success

New Zealand’s 2009 winter ski season was the best it has ever been with 1.5 million sets of skis and snowboards hitting the slopes, including over 100,000 skiers from across the Tasman. New Zealand…

Remarkable Wells

Remarkable Wells

Wanaka skier Jossi Wells, 19, won a silver at the 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games at the Remarkables in Queenstown for the freeski slopestyle event. Wells has a big profile in the United…

Face to Face on the South’s Slopes

Face to Face on the South’s Slopes

Western Australia Today has pit two of New Zealand’s banner ski resorts against each other to see whether Wanaka or Queenstown really has it all. Combing through the views, nightlife, food, accommodations, and skiing,…

Don’t Look Down

Don’t Look Down

The seven kilometre route to Treble Cone can be unnerving for American travellers accustomed to ample four-lane roads leading to their favourite resort. The gravel road winding up from Wanaka to the ski-field has…

Alternative Slopes

Alternative Slopes

Scotsman feature urges snow bunnies further afield than the Alps and Rockies, recommending NZ alongside Iran, Alaska and Chile as a desirable alternative. “The Alps that run spine-like through the South Island are dotted with ski resorts. Mt…

Winter Bid

Winter Bid

Christchurch and Wanaka are launching a bid for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Coming to Fruition

Coming to Fruition

At 27 Pamela Bell has found her niche. It’s in Wanaka, snow-boarding and designing cross-over snow/street clothing. Pamela says her label Fruition means “reaching a goal, attaining something you deeply desire”.