Located just over an hour's drive from Queenstown, Wanaka is a picture-perfect spot during every season. On the edge of the crystal clear Lake Wanaka and tucked between the snow-capped mountains, our alpine town has something to offer for every visitor.


With cool cafes, rad restaurants, brilliant bars, wondrous wineries and beaut breweries on offer, you will be sure to find a new favourite in Wanaka. You would be forgiven for thinking the size of the town represents a small food and drink scene. However, in Wanaka we love our local produce, indulging in some great quality food and enjoying a drink at the end of the day; and this town sure delivers! Here are a few of our honorable mentions:


Alchemy Cafe & Wine Bar

This lively lakefront cafe has something to offer for every occasion - whether that be your morning coffee and muffin, or those Happy Hour drinks, Alchemy Cafe and Wine Bar has you covered any time of the day.


Hook - Eat

If you would like to catch your own salmon and have it cooked up for you, the team over at Hook Wanaka offers this unique opportunity. Fishing not your thing? No problem, they also have a great selection of sharing platters and small plates to choose from, which are suitable for the whole family.



Charlie Brown Crepes

Served from an iconic green caravan, with both French traditional sweet crepes and savoury galettes on offer, Charlie Brown offers an authentic experience paired with a menu that has you spoilt for choice. 


Wanaka is a paradise which has it all - majestic mountains, pristine rivers and lakes, glaciers, beautiful forests and luminous green sheep pastures. Every year our pretty little town welcomes New Zealanders and tourists from all around the globe to explore an area that belongs to one of the main hot spots for outdoor adventures in the Southern Alps.

Wanaka offers a cosy basecamp for all the activities that make you sweat hard and keep you awed by the outstanding scenery everywhere you look. Whether you are a casual adventurer, a family with kids or a professional athlete, Wanaka provides endless options to keep you happy and busy during your whole stay.

To explore more of the excellent eateries and exciting activities Wanaka has to offer, head over to Wanaka Tourism.