New Zealand travel guide: Wanaka

Wanaka travel guide

Of all the places my friends and I visited last year on our trip to New Zealand’s South Island, my favourite place was by far Wanaka. The lakeside town that is referred to as ‘Little Queenstown’ is an adventurer’s paradise and has so much to offer despite its small size. Wanaka is a vibrant town with tonnes of opportunities to have a lovely time either in the nice town centre or on an adventure in the surrounding areas. Read this Wanaka travel guide and be inspired to what to see and do and where to eat, drink and shop in charming Wanaka.

We only had limited time in Wanaka, and we didn’t experience half of what we really wanted to. Next time I go, I would love to hike to Roy’s Peak and go skiing in one of the ski areas around that should be some of New Zealand’s best.

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Af alle de steder, mine veninder og jeg besøgte sidste år på vores tur til New Zealands sydø, var mit favoritsted uden tvivl Wanaka. Byen bliver omtalt som ‘Lille Queenstown’ og er enhver eventyrlystens paradis, der har virkelig meget at byde på til trods for sin lille størrelse. Wanaka er en by med masser af liv og tonsvis af muligheder for at have det sjovt, enten i den hyggelige bymidte eller på en tur i de omkringliggende omgivelser. Læs denne Wanaka rejseguide og bliv inspireret til, hvad du skal se og opleve og hvor du skal spise, drikke og shoppe i charmerende Wanaka. 

Vi havde begrænset tid i Wanaka og havde desværre ikke mulighed for at opleve halvdelen af alt det, vi gerne ville. Næste gang vil jeg virkelig gerne hike til Roy’s Peak og stå på ski ved et af de skisportssteder, der er placeret i området og som skulle være nogle af New Zealands bedste. 

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Do

Boat ride Lake Wanaka

I can highly recommend going on one of the many boat rides on Lake Wanaka to experience the giant lake and its beautiful surroundings. We booked our trip with Lake Wanaka Cruises down at the lakefront and went on a two-hour round trip in a small boat that we were lucky to have for ourselves.

Jeg kan virkelig anbefale at tage med en af de mange bådture på Lake Wanaka for at opleve den store sø og de smukke omkringliggende omgivelser. Vi bookede vores tur med Lake Wanaka Cruises, der er placeret nede ved søen og tog på en to-timers tur i en lille båd, som vi var heldige at have for os selv. 

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Visit

The Wanaka Tree

No visit to Wanaka without seeing the famous Wanaka Tree that is best known under the hashtag #thatwanakatree. According to the locals, the best time to go is right before sunset. However, we didn’t manage that and instead, we went in the morning, which was great. The Wanaka Tree is located 15 minutes walk to the left from the lakefront.

Intet besøg til Wanaka uden at se det berømte Wanaka Tree, der er bedst kendt under hashtagget #thatwanakatree. Ifølge de lokale, er det bedste tidspunkt at tage dertil lige før solnedgang. Det nåede vi dog ikke, og i stedet tog vi dertil om morgenen, hvilket også var et godt tidspunkt. Træet er placeret 15 minutters gang til venstre for den del af byens centrum, der ligger ned til vandet. 

59 Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Rd, Wanaka
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Eat

Alchemy

On one of the best addresses on the lakefront, you find Alchemy. A vibrant restaurant with a traditional menu of dishes made from local ingredients that can both be shared or eaten alone. I tried their calamari and scallops and especially the latter was incredibly tasty and highly recommendable.

På en af de bedste adresser lige ud til Lake Wanaka, finder du Alchemy. En hyggelig restaurant med et traditionelt menukort, der består af retter lavet på lokale ingredienser, der både kan deles eller nydes alene. Jeg prøvede deres blæksprutteringe og kammuslinger og især sidstnævnte var helt fantastisk gode og meget anbefalelsesværdige. 

151 Ardmore St, Wanaka (www)

 

Black Peak Gelato

You find the best ice cream in Wanaka at Black Peak Gelato. They have a large variety of delicious flavours that you can enjoy overlooking the lake. On a hot day, you shouldn’t be surprised if there is a long queue outside – the homemade ice cream is worth the waiting.

Du finder de bedste is i Wanaka hos Black Peak Gelato. De har et stort udvalg af lækre smagsvarianter, som du kan nyde, mens du kigger ud på søen. På en varm dag skal du ikke være overrasket over en lang kø – den hjemmelavede is er ventetiden værd.

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Eat

Francesca’s

I’m a huge fan of the Italian cuisine, and the best Italian food can be found at Francesca’s. The vibrant restaurant serves delicious pasta dishes, wood-fired pizzas and other traditional Italian dishes that taste heavenly. Francesca’s also has restaurants in Christchurch, Timaru and Dunedin if you come across and crave a proper pizza or pasta dish.

Jeg er stor fan af det italienske køkken, og de bedste italienske retter findes hos Francesca’s. Den hyggelige restaurant serverer lækre pastaretter og pizzaer bagt over åben ild samt andre lækre italienske retter, der smager fantastisk. Francesca’s har også restauranter i Christchurch, Timaru og Dunedin, hvis du kommer dertil og higer efter en ordentlig pizza eller pastaret. 

93 Ardmore St, Wanaka (www)

 

Urban Grind

We had the best breakfast at Urban Grind. It’s a cute little café that serves classic breakfast dishes and pizzas. We all got their poached free range eggs and added mushrooms, which was great and highly recommended.

Vi fik den bedste morgenmad hos Urban Grind. Det er en fin lille café, der serverer klassiske morgenmadsretter og pizza. Vi fik alle deres porcherede æg og tilvalgte champignoner, hvilket var så lækkert og klart kan anbefales.

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Eat & drink

Lake Bar

Lake Bar is one of those nice family-owned places where locals meet up and tourists go for a drink and a bite. They have a great selection of different beers and wines and serve a variety of tasty dishes. The place is huge, but you’ve to be lucky to get one of the tables outside where you’ve got that incredible view of Lake Wanaka.

Lake Bar er et af de der hyggelige familieejede steder, hvor de lokale mødes og turister kommer for en drink og en bid mad. De har et stort udvalg af øl og vin og serverer nogle lækre retter. Stedet er stort, men du skal være heldig for at få et af bordene udenfor, hvor du har det der fantastiske udsyn over Lake Wanaka. 

155 Ardmore St, Wanaka (www)

 

Drink

Lalaland Lounge Bar

If you seek a fun night out, Lalaland Lounge Bar is apparently the place to go to. It’s a classic, vibrant bar where both locals and tourists tend to gather for a drink or two. According to all the people we met in Wanaka, it’s usually packed, but it was actually pretty quiet the night we visited.

Hvis du er på jagt efter en sjov aften ude, så er Lalaland Lounge Bar eftersigende stedet at tage til. Det er en klassisk, hyggelig bar, hvor både lokale og turister kommer og får en drink eller to. Ifølge de mennesker vi mødte i Wanaka, er stedet typisk proppet, men det var dog en ret stille aften, vi var der. 

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Shop

Gifted

The Wanaka town centre is nice and has lots of great shops. One of my personal favourites is the design store Gifted that sells all kinds of giftware, homeware, accessories, jewellery, stationery etc. I especially loved their old style posters and considered for a while buying this one. In the end, I decided that it was a bit too expensive for my travel budget.

Wanakas bymidte er virkelig fin og byder på en masse skønne butikker. En af mine favoritter er designbutikken Gifted, der sælger alle mulige former for gaveartikler, boligting, accessories, smykker, kontorartikler mm. Jeg var især vild med deres oldschool plakater og overvejede nøje at købe denne. Jeg blev dog lidt skræmt af prisen og holdt mig tilbage i sidste ende.  

19 Helwich St, Wanaka (www)

 

The Workroom

The Workroom is the prettiest interior shop you can find that both sells small furniture, homeware and accessories. The shop is owned by Anna Begg who has a degree in interior design and styling, which you clearly sense the moment you step inside.

The Workroom er den fineste interiørbutik, du kan finde, der sælger små møbler, boligting og accessories. Butikken er ejet af Anna Begg, der har en uddannelse inden for interiørdesign og styling, hvilket du tydeligt fornemmer, ligeså snart du træder inden for.

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