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Cardrona High Country Pub Trail Horse Riding Trek

Cardrona High Country Pub Trail Horse Riding Trek

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Saddle up and explore New Zealand’s rugged wilderness on this 3.5-hour Cardrona High Country pub trail horse-riding trek. Head on horseback into the New Zealand countryside with your guide. Discover points of historical interest along the winding mountain trails, and gain insight into the 19th-century gold rush that brought wealth to the area. Pass through a working cattle farm, traverse choppy rivers and enjoy panoramic views over the rugged scenery. Stop at the historic Cardrona Hotel for a complimentary drink, then return to base along the mighty Cardrona River.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$186.25
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$186.25

Half-Day Kayak Tour on Lake Wanaka

Half-Day Kayak Tour on Lake Wanaka

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Kayaking on serene Lake Wanaka, with its clear waters and beautiful coastline, is a great introduction to kayaking. Beginners and those with more experience will enjoy a calm half-day tour approximately 5.5 miles (9 kms) around the lake. Take in the views while experiencing the unspoiled nature that New Zealand is famous more, but without breaking too much of a sweat.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$132.02
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$132.02
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Jet Boat and Wilderness Walk Tour from Wanaka

Jet Boat and Wilderness Walk Tour from Wanaka

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Discover the idyllic landscapes of the Mount Aspiring National Park, where filming for the Lord of the Rings took place, on this action-packed half-day tour from Wanaka. Zip along the Matukituki River on a jet boat, admire spectacular views of Lake Wanaka and Mount Aspiring, then hike past forests and waterfalls to see the Avalanche Glacier.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$176.27
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$176.27
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Lakeland Jet Boat Adventure - Clutha River

Lakeland Jet Boat Adventure - Clutha River

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Inject some thrills into your standard sightseeing adventure and whip through the Southland forests at high speed on this thrilling jet boating experience. Race around Lake Wanaka and down the winding Clutha River, through rapids and tunnels, tight channels and tighter corners, on this compact and comprehensive journey that’ll get you back to shore in time for your afternoon or evening plans. Travel the river at rocketing speeds of around 50mph and enjoy remarkable stunts like the 180-degree Hamilton Spin!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.89
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$89.89

Mt Aspiring Full Day Canyon ex Queenstown or Wanaka

Mt Aspiring Full Day Canyon ex Queenstown or Wanaka

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Go canyoning; a combination of swimming, sliding, climbing and rappelling, during this adrenaline-fueled activity in Wanaka. Follow your expert adventure guide to the mouth of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed canyon, then start exploring with a small group of 5 people or less. No prior experience is necessary, just bring your sense of adventure and get ready to discover the stunning scenery in Mt Aspiring National Park. Lunch, round-trip transportation and use of all equipment are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$323.60
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$323.60
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Cardrona Valley Mountain Quad Experience from Wanaka

Cardrona Valley Mountain Quad Experience from Wanaka

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Enjoy high-octane thrills in the New Zealand wilderness on this 2-hour Cardrona Valley quad bike experience from Wanaka. Following a comprehensive safety briefing, pull on your helmet and hop onto your 350cc quad bike. Master the controls in safety, then spin off into the mountains of the mighty Cardrona Valley with your guide. Navigate winding dirt tracks through rolling alpine farmland where Merino sheep and cattle graze. Bounce and roll over the rugged terrain, and enjoy panoramic views over the wilds of New Zealand’s South Island.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$207.82
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$207.82

Wilderness Adventure Including Scenic flight Self-guided Hike and Jet Boat Ride

Wilderness Adventure Including Scenic flight Self-guided Hike and Jet Boat Ride

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The snow-capped mountains, lush forests, and waterfalls of the Mount Aspiring National Park lie along the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. This action-packed tour lets you explore the park by plane, boat, and on foot. Soar overhead on a scenic flight, hike along the banks of the Siberia River, then hop aboard for a thrilling jet boat ride along the Wilkin River.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$291.33
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$291.33

Mini Putt Crossfire Wanaka

Mini Putt Crossfire Wanaka

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Take a break from the stress of organizing and traveling at Crossfire’s mini golf course. Get the family together and test your putting skills on each of the course’s 18 obstacle-filled holes. Each hole is themed around a local landmark and tells a story about that landmark, so you can learn more about Wanaka while you’re having fun. You might even find out about places you didn’t know about!
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$10.33
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$10.33

Level 1 Waterfall Climb from Wanaka (3 hours return)

Level 1 Waterfall Climb from Wanaka (3 hours return)

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The Twin Falls are two winding waterfalls located in the picturesque Mt Aspiring National Park, a short drive from Wanaka. Most visitors just see them from the road, but you can get up close to them on this half-day climb that’s suitable for beginners and experts alike. See the National Park from a new perspective and take a dip in hidden pools you find during the climb.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$146.78
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$146.78
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Wanaka 4x4 Explorer The Ultimate Lake and Mountain Adventure

Wanaka 4x4 Explorer The Ultimate Lake and Mountain Adventure

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Get far away from the crowds on this 4x4 day trip from Wanaka. Start with a boat ride across Lake Wanaka, then get exclusive access to the Mount Burke Station. Hop aboard the 4x4 vehicle there and drive up into the mountains. Your guide will tell you stories from Otago’s pioneer history and the gold rush era. Enjoy a delicious picnic with spectacular lake and mountain views. 
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$188.07
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$188.07
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Archery Crossfire Wanaka

Archery Crossfire Wanaka

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Try your hand at archery at Crossfire Wanaka. Opposite Wanaka Airport and only a short drive from Wanaka Town Centre, Crossfire Wanaka has three covered archery alleys for groups and solo archers. If you’re a new archer, Crossfire’s staff will be on hand to give you tuition and pointers on getting a bullseye. With only three alleys, though, space is limited and booking is crucial.
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  • 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$16.23
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$16.23

Night Sky Astrophotography Experience in Wanaka

Night Sky Astrophotography Experience in Wanaka

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Over 80% of the world’s population live under light polluted skies which means that the infinite beauty and majesty of the night sky is hidden from them. In Central Otago we are fortunate to enjoy many long evenings under clear skies with minimal light pollution, creating rare opportunities to take images of the solar system and wider cosmos. This fun tour is for people of all skill levels who’d like to discover more about dark sky photography. Depending on the season, time and conditions there will be a variety of objects to shoot; the moon, planets, stars, clusters, galaxies and satellites. There are meteor showers often and on rare occasions the Aurora Australis (Southern Lights) will flash in green and purple hues across the sky. All of these phenomena can be photographed using the stunning Wanaka scenery as context and backdrop. On this tour you can acquire some astrophotography experience and skills even if you don’t have the right camera equipment as all of this is supplied.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$46.74
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$46.74
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30-minute Virtual Reality Experience Inception

30-minute Virtual Reality Experience Inception

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This is a cutting edge experience that everyone can enjoy. Not just Gamers. No experience required, take a leap and see what the future of entertainment will become. This is the largest Virtual Reality experience in the Southern Hemisphere and the largest Infinity Platform establishment currently in the world.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.57
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$40.57

60-minute Virtual Reality Experience Enter the Matrix

60-minute Virtual Reality Experience Enter the Matrix

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This is a cutting edge experience that everyone can enjoy. Not just Gamers. No experience required, take a leap and see what the future of entertainment will become. This is the largest Virtual Reality experience in the Southern Hemisphere and the largest Infinity Platform establishment currently in the world.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.01
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$59.01

Guided Fly Fishing Trip from Wanaka

Guided Fly Fishing Trip from Wanaka

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Wanaka is surrounded by lakes, rivers and creeks that are known for their clear waters and trout and salmon fishing. On this day-long trip, drive out to one of the region’s many renowned fly fishing spots. If you’re new to fly fishing, your guide will show you the ropes; more experienced fly fishers can take advantage of your guide’s local knowledge to improve your chances of catching a big one.
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  • 6 to 10 hours
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$683.29
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$683.29
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Criffel Station Explore Tour

Criffel Station Explore Tour

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Farming is the backbone of New Zealand’s economy and forms an essential part of Kiwis’ rural life and culture. Spend an up-close hour-and-a-half exploring a working South Island deer farm and bee-keeping apiary on this guided, interactive tour that offers plenty of opportunities to take photos with the local four-legged residents.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$64.54
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$64.54

20-minute Virtual Reality Experience Padawan

20-minute Virtual Reality Experience Padawan

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This is a cutting edge experience that everyone can enjoy. Not just Gamers. No experience required, take a leap and see what the future of entertainment will become. This is the largest Virtual Reality experience in the Southern Hemisphere and the largest Infinity Platform establishment currently in the world.
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.50
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$29.50

Wanaka Snowshoe Tour

Wanaka Snowshoe Tour

Off the beaten track, with great views, gentle terrain and the feeling of being remote,  What more could you ask for? This is a real snow adventure in a true Alpine environment. The Pisa Range offers fantastic terrain to explore and experience the snow. Our trips are suitable for all people of any age (7+) and most fitness levels, we keep our groups small so its ideal if you are seeking a rewarding scenic snow experience away from the crowds. The Alpine Guided Snowshoe is achievable by anybody.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$147.06
Price varies by group size
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$147.06
Price varies by group size

Riverside Biking Tour

Riverside Biking Tour

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A stunning guided ride along the banks of one of NZ’s most beautiful and powerful rivers. Varied riding, beautiful vistas and plenty of photo opportunities make this a must do trip for those who appreciate exercise and scenery.  Participants need to be able to ride a bike on loose sand and gravel, and up and down (moderate) hills. A medium level of fitness is required. The length of the ride is 10kms.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$191.03
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$191.03

Stevensons Island Cruise and Nature Walk from Wanaka

Stevensons Island Cruise and Nature Walk from Wanaka

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Hidden away behind a peninsula, Stevensons Island is one of the harder islands to get to on Lake Wanaka. On this half-day trip, catch a luxury ferry from Wanaka and sail out to the island past local mountains and lush countryside. Upon disembarking, hike to the island’s summit and take in grand views of the peninsula, the lake and the Southern Alps
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$58.27
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$58.27

Lead Climbing Wanaka - Full Day

Lead Climbing Wanaka - Full Day

Push your limits mentally and physically by learning to rock climb in New Zealand’s premier sport climbing location. Receive hands-on lessons from your attentive expert climbing instructors if you’re a first-timer, or take a refresher-course if you're an experienced climber. Afterwards, depart Wanaka in small groups (roughly one guide to every four climbers) to ascend a nearby rock face suited to your group’s skill level.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$251.33
Price varies by group size
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$251.33
Price varies by group size

Lake Wanaka 1-Hour Cruise Including Wine and Cheese Board

Lake Wanaka 1-Hour Cruise Including Wine and Cheese Board

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Sail around the serene Lake Wanaka on this late-afternoon ‘happy hour’ cruise. With a complimentary beer or wine in hand, cruise around the southern end of Lake Wanaka, the majestic Southern Alps in the distance. Sail around Waterfall Creek, Ruby Island and Stevensons Peninsula, and even see the famous ‘Lone Tree’ – a famous willow growing out of the lake.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$43.52
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$43.52

Introduction to Wanaka Rock Climbing - Half Day

Introduction to Wanaka Rock Climbing - Half Day

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Learn how to climb or improve your skills on a rock-climbing tour in the Matukituki Valley from Wanaka. You'll have the chance to experience this popular outdoor activity under the guidance of an instructor, who helps you maximize your climbing time and provides safety and technical tips. This is designed for first-time climbers or those who've only climbed on an indoor wall.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$139.40
Price varies by group size
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$139.40
Price varies by group size

1-Hour Ruby Island Cruise and Walk from Wanaka

1-Hour Ruby Island Cruise and Walk from Wanaka

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For travelers short on time in Wanaka, this one-hour cruise and walk to Ruby Island is an ideal way to experience the lake and mountains. Glide across Lake Wanaka to Ruby Island in comfort on a luxury catamaran. There, enjoy an easy walk to lookout points that are great places to take pictures from. Families and senior travelers will enjoy this tour, as it’s suitable for all levels of mobility.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.14
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$36.14

West Wanaka Station Walk

West Wanaka Station Walk

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You won’t find this once-in-a-lifetime hike on any map or tour guide. Walk the high road into our dramatic mountain range and tower over the deep blues of Lake Wanaka. Explore the spectacular scenery, succumb to the comforts of our four-wheel drive and let our expert guide pass on tips and tales of our local flora and fauna. This exclusive hike is suitable for all ages and abilities, but on these wide-open private trails the only passers-by will be of the four-legged variety.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$146.78
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$146.78
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Small-Group Gold Discovery Horse Riding in Cardrona Valley

Small-Group Gold Discovery Horse Riding in Cardrona Valley

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Saddle up for a horseback ride through the wild landscapes of the Cardrona Valley. Trace the path of the 19th-century gold rush, climb the mountains for a thrilling view over Wanaka Lake, and trot or gallop through the valley plains. Rides can be tailored for all levels, from complete beginners to experienced riders.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$143.10
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$143.10

Golf Driving Range Crossfire Wanaka

Golf Driving Range Crossfire Wanaka

Just a short drive from Wanaka’s town centre, Crossfire Wanaka is packed with affordable indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family, including a 240 yard golf driving range. Suitable for first-timers as well as experienced players, Crossfire guides are close by to help you improve your swing and get the most out of your time there.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$8.85
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$8.85

Milford Sound Glacier Flight & Cruise from Wanaka

Milford Sound Glacier Flight & Cruise from Wanaka

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Experience the rugged beauty of remote Milford Sound from Wanaka, all in half-a-day. With a choice of morning or afternoon flight departures, fly over lush national parks, epic glaciers, and alpine lakes, before touching down in the Sound. Enjoy a scenic cruise, keeping an eye out for some of the local inhabitants including seals, penguins, and dolphins, before returning to Wanaka by plane.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$427.78
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$427.78

Introduction to Wanaka Rock Climbing - Full Day

Introduction to Wanaka Rock Climbing - Full Day

Climb your way up to some otherwise-inaccessible views of Lake Wanaka and Mount Aspiring National Park on this full day rock climbing trip in Matukituki Valley. If you’re a new climber, you’ll be able to learn from your qualified instructor without fighting for their attention on this small group tour. If you’re a more experienced climber, this tour will take you to a climbing site that will challenge your skills.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$233.35
Price varies by group size
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$233.35
Price varies by group size

Māori Whakatau Welcome

Māori Whakatau Welcome

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The pōwhiri, or welcome, is an important ritual in New Zealand’s Indigenous Māori culture, inviting visitors as they arrive on their whenua (land). Experience a full pōwhiri, including the wero (challenge) and mihi whakatau (welcome speech), first-hand with this unique cultural experience. Connect with local Māori traditions in a way that you simply can’t through guidebooks and museums; learn more about the local iwi (tribe) and their responsibilities as kaitiaki, or custodians of the land.
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  • 40 minutes to 1 hour
  • Taking safety measures
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$25.82
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$25.82
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Lead Climbing Wanaka - Half Day

Lead Climbing Wanaka - Half Day

Adventurous travelers will love the chance to try lead climbing in Wanaka. If you have some climbing experience already, this is a great next step. The instructor to client ratio is a maximum of 1:4, so you will get help when you need it. You’ll get a great workout while enjoying mountain views and fresh air and learning new skills.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$161.44
Price varies by group size
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$161.44
Price varies by group size

Wild Hills 4WD Safari

Wild Hills 4WD Safari

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Wanaka is surrounded by rolling alpine farmland, but most of it is privately owned and inaccessible. This half-day tour opens the gate to one of those farms, the massive West Wanaka Station. Explore the Otago back-country in a private four wheel drive vehicle, stopping for astonishing photo opportunities against the backdrop of Lake Wanaka, the Southern Alps and Mount Aspiring National Park.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$122.25
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$122.25

Mou Waho Island Cruise and Nature Walk from Wanaka

Mou Waho Island Cruise and Nature Walk from Wanaka

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After a catamaran cruise across Lake Wanaka to Mou Waho Island—which sits in the middle of the lake—spot rare native birds that are extinct on mainland New Zealand. Thanks to successful conservation efforts, the island is a rare haven for birdlife. Enjoy a guided hike with an expert guide to a lake at the top of the island, an experience that’s rated one of the best must-do activities in Wanaka.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$176.27
Price varies by group size
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$176.27
Price varies by group size

Dingleburn Station Safari and Walk

Dingleburn Station Safari and Walk

This epic 4WD safari and walk explores the remote landscapes of Lake Hawea's Dingleburn Station. This has to be one of the most thrilling and spectacular backroad journeys in New Zealand. Your expert guide skillfully negotiates this incredible road blasted into the shear cliff face high above Lake Hawea. Arriving at a remote bay to enjoy some refreshments, before heading off for a leisurely walk exploring this incredible seldom visited area.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$146.78
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$146.78

Lake Cruise & Island Nature Walk- meet the boat 10 minutes prior to Departure

Lake Cruise & Island Nature Walk- meet the boat 10 minutes prior to Departure

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Take a cruise across Lake Wanaka to the remote Mou Waho Island Nature Reserve and make a memorable, eco-friendly impact by planting a native tree before you leave. Opt to take a 1-hour-return guided bush walk to reveal Mou Waho’s hidden secret - another lake, nestled atop the island with panoramic views of Wanaka and the Southern Alps. Enjoy “high tea” surrounded by this spectacular alpine scenery.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$183.37
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$183.37
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Wine Tour with Wine Tasting from Wanaka

Wine Tour with Wine Tasting from Wanaka

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Central Otago is one of New Zealand’s most popular wine regions, producing well-respected reds and whites in alpine vineyards. On this afternoon tour, visit four of boutique wineries in the region and taste some of their award-winning offerings. Learn the secrets behind these wines from the winemakers themselves, and stop at one winery for a gourmet food and wine matching – tasting dishes of local produce matched with wines from the vineyard.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$151.20
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$151.20
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Wine Tour & Maori Culture Wanaka

Wine Tour & Maori Culture Wanaka

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On this half day tour, experience two unique sides of the Wanaka area: the wine made from grapes grown in the whenua (land), and the culture of the tangata whenua themselves – the indigenous Māori who live on the land. Visit a range of local wineries, sampling the region’s popular pinot noir wines alongside many others. Receive the manaaki (hospitality) of the local Māori community and experience a stirring live haka.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$143.10
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$143.10

Wanaka Water Taxi Mou Waho Island Tour

Wanaka Water Taxi Mou Waho Island Tour

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A lot of the South Island’s natural hideaways are tough to get to, and that’s definitely the case with Mou Waho Island. This half-day cruise makes it easy; sail from Wanaka Marina to this isolated island in the middle of Lake Wanaka. Walk to the island’s very own lake, the Arethusa Pool, and take panoramic photos of the lake and the nearby Southern Alps, or take a dip at the beach near the island’s only jetty.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$92.20
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$92.20
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Small Group Jet Boat Adventure on the Clutha River from Wanaka

Small Group Jet Boat Adventure on the Clutha River from Wanaka

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Running from Lake Dunstan in North Otago through to the East Coast, the wide and blue Clutha River is flanked by glacial terraces and stunning New Zealand bush. Speed down the river on this half-day jetboat trip through Upper Clutha Valley, take photos of the towering Southern Alps and thrill at the river’s long winding stretches and switchback corners.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$102.52
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$102.52
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Kayak Rental Adventure - The Mission

Kayak Rental Adventure - The Mission

You’ll get lots of good advice from the folks at Paddle Wanaka. We’ll help you plan your route based on the weather and your experience level. Plus we’ll provide transport to your starting location, so you only need to paddle one way! Meander along the coastline, power down the lake, explore the local islands, jump off the jetties or picnic in style. How you take on this Mission is up to you.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$62.69
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$62.69
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