Wanaka - 3 days too long?

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1. Posted by ladybug66 (Budding Member 42 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


Now I'm thinking about my South Island adventure in July/early August. So much to see so little time, trying to get as much planned before I leave Wellington so I don't spend hours in internet cafes thinking of and organising places to go.

At the moment (among other things) we're starting in Nelson working out way down the west coast as far as Invercargill and then up the east coast as far as Christchurch taking in Tekapo and Kaikoura. Taking about a month in which to do it.

My question now is - is 3 nights in Wanaka too long? Was planning 3 nights Wanaka and then 4 nights Queenstown? Is there that much to do in Wanaka. I wouldn't say I'm overly outdoorsy but I like nice scenery and walks as much as the next person. Would my time be better spent somewhere else in that area?

Much appreciated. I'll be asking more questions as the itinerary comes along.

2. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Wanaka is a lovely place but you're right - theres not too much to do there. Do check out Puzzle World though, its pretty cool. Maybe spend a couple of days there, then you could spend a day in historic Arrowtown, or in Cromwell? Theres a lot of awesome scenery in the Central Otago area, so whatever combo you go for I'm sure you'll enjoy it! I live in Invercargill btw

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 5407 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Wanaka is very pretty but I agree with heymonkee that 3 days is too long. Puzzle world is fun so is worth a stop. As you are heading down to Invercargill and you like walking, you could consider going over to Stewart Island. It's beautiful and there are some lovely walks possible there. Also as you are passing through Nelson, don't miss Abel Tasman national park as it's stunning- a great place for walking and kayaking. It's a couple of hours from Nelson.

4. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

If you are into snow sports - snowboarding, skiing etc - then 3 days is perfect. You'll find the snow fields are better and less crowded in Wanaka than near Queenstown. At the end of the day the two aren't far from each other though so you can see most sights from either place. There's plenty of adventure activities in both places if you're into that kind of thing...