Wanaka Journals

Wanaka Delights

A June 2005 trip to Wanaka by Jenni P.

Queenstown Sights & Attractions Photo, Wanaka, New Zealand More Photos
Quote: Having a "before everyone leaves home" family skiing holiday was our main motivation for booking The Pines in Wanaka, New Zealand. We planned our holiday around giving our 15-year-old son the opportunity to learn to ski at Cardrona, just out of Wanaka. Despite frustrations, we had the most delightful holiday.
The Pines Resort Photo, Wanaka, New Zealand
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Best Things Nearby:Lake Wanaka, Puzzling World, Queenstown, ski fields, and superb scenery everywhere you lookBest Things About the Resort:It was comfortable, with everything you need. Resort Experience:From our apartment at The Pines, we could look at the snow-capped mountains behind Lake Wanaka, and from the main bedroom, you could see the lake as well. Our apartment was a most comfortable home away from home, with everything that you could need to make your holiday delightful. The kitchen and laundry were well equipped, and the layout made living very comfortable. It is perhaps a little tired if you are looking for five-star luxury, but it suited us perfe...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 4, 2005

The Pines Resort
79 Dungarvon St.
Wanaka, New Zealand
3-4438350

Wanaka

Attraction | "Wanaka Area"

Wanaka Photo, Wanaka, New Zealand
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Wanaka itself is a delightful town: scenic and unspoilt, but with good cafés and lots of interesting people. We had superb sunny weather for most of our stay, but as we drove out of town on the last day, the snow was falling gently and the town was transformed. The lake is picturesque under all conditions, with an air of peacefulness. I believe it is a hive of activity during the summer, with boating and swimming being very popular. I very much enjoyed both walking beside the lake and driving around to see the lakefront residential areas, then out of town towards Treble Cone, a very pretty drive. David enjoyed the aircraft museum, but a great highlight for us all was the Puzzling World. Tha...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 30, 2005

Wanaka
Wanaka
Wanaka, New Zealand

Queenstown Sights & Attractions

Attraction | "Queenstown Area"

Queenstown Sights & Attractions Photo, Wanaka, New Zealand
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From Wanaka, we easily travelled across the mountain pass most days to Coronet Peak (about an hour from The Pines to the ski slopes), where we left our newly confident skier while we explored the Queenstown area. Queenstown is a delight, with the highlight being a drive along the length of the lake to Glenorchy. The scenery in the whole area is spectacular and the ambience charming.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 4, 2005

Queenstown Sights & Attractions
Throughout Queenstown, New Zealand
Wanaka, New Zealand

Franz Joseph Glacier

Attraction | "New Zealand's West Coast"

Franz Joseph Glacier Photo, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
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We travelled across the Haast Pass and past the Fox and Franz Joseph Glaciers. The glaciers were fascinating, but if you can only go to one, visit Franz Joseph. Our evening there coincided with the Lions vs. All Blacks Rugby Test, and the evening that the test was being viewed on large screens at the small Franz Joseph hotel, packed with supporters of both teams, was memorable and most amusing. Such passion!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 4, 2005

Franz Joseph Glacier
State Highway 6
Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
+64 (3) 752 0763

Akaroa

Attraction

Akaroa Photo, Wanaka, New Zealand
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We decided to stay out of Christchurch for the last night of our holiday and drove to Akaroa on the coast. It was a longer drive than expected, because the road is very windy as you pass over a mountain, but it was still worth the effort. It is a quaint, little French-influenced town, and although it is apparently very busy during summer, it was very quiet when we visited. My only complaint was that the restaurants were all open, nearly all had no customers or just one table of customers, and yet the prices were very high - good city restaurant prices. However, watching the amazing sunset over the bay made the drive there worthwhile.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 4, 2005

Akaroa
New Zealand
Wanaka, New Zealand

International Antarctic Centre

Attraction | "Antarctica Centre"

International Antarctic Centre Photo, Christchurch, New Zealand
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This centre is conveniently situated near the International Airport at Christchurch. It is so close (an easy 8 minute walk) that you can book your cases in then go and spend an hour or two learning about Antarctica.

It is an opportunity to learn a great deal about the exploration of Antarctica and life on the stations there now. The snow storm and the movie were interesting. Apparently, the ride on the all-terrain transport is great too.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 4, 2005

International Antarctic Centre
38 Orchard Road
Christchurch, New Zealand 8005
+64 (0)3 358 9896