One of NZ’S most de­sir­able des­ti­na­tions

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

The name Wanaka comes from Oanaka, mean­ing ’place of Anaka’ in Maori (Anaka was a Maori chief). And Wanaka is def­i­nitely a chief amongst des­ti­na­tions - a ’year round’ scenic place to visit or live - re­gard­less which of the four sea­sons is cur­rently be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced. Wanaka, is in the heart of New Zealand’s south­ern lakes re­gion, and is the gate­way to Mount Aspir­ing Na­tional Park, the West Coast, Cen­tral Otago, and the set­ting for many en­joy­able ac­tiv­i­ties across all four sea­sons. It’s a des­ti­na­tion for snow and scenery, walks and winer­ies, aero­nau­tics and ad­ven­ture, and his­tory and her­itage. Add to this Wanaka’s tran­quil lake, ma­jes­tic moun­tains, pleas­ant cli­mate, sport­ing op­tions and nu­mer­ous other ac­tiv­i­ties and ma­jor events held year round, from the Wanaka A and P show through to the scin­til­lat­ing ’War­birds’ - and the town is a vir­tual mecca for many to en­joy. Whether it is for a week­end or a week, then time spent in Wanaka will not only recharge the bat­ter­ies, but will gen­er­ate won­der­ful mem­o­ries and un­doubt­edly be­gin a love af­fair with the area which will last for­ever. There is just so much to do and en­joy in Wanaka and the sur­round­ing area all year round, but with Win­ter fi­nally here Wanaka is a per­fect hub for a win­ter hol­i­day. It is a Win­ter par­adise amidst an awe in­spir­ing scenic win­ter won­der­land and def­i­nitely a favourite des­ti­na­tion for those pas­sion­ate about their ski­ing and snow­board­ing which is avail­able on sev­eral nearby slopes. To be con­cise, then the Lake Wanaka re­gion is a com­plete win­ter sports des­ti­na­tion in a world class ski area. The pre­mier ski fields of Tre­ble Cone and Cardrona, along with New Zealand’s only Nordic ski area, Snow Farm and the ded­i­cated freestylers haven of Snow Park are all within easy trav­el­ling dis­tance of Wanaka, mak­ing the town with its pic­turesque set­ting around the Lake, a per­fect place to visit and stay awhile. Add to this the clear blue Win­ter skies, the beauty of the snow-capped moun­tain peaks, the crisp and in­vig­o­rat­ing Win­ter days then it’s al­most like be­ing in Par­adise. Wanaka re­ally has a charm all of its own.

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