Wanaka Airport is the public airport serving the town of Wanaka in the Otago region of New Zealand, as well as the surrounding ski fields. Operated by the Wanaka Town Board and Management Committee, the airport is situated 10 kilometres southeast of the city centre. It replaced the original Mt Iron airstrip that was used until 1985. Wanaka Airport is elevated at 1,142 feet or 348 metres above mean sea level, and has a single asphalt paved runway designated 11/29, with length of 3,937 feet or 1,200 metres. The airport is a hub for Aspiring Air, and also hosts the biennial Warbirds over Wanaka international air show.
Wanaka is situated at the southern end of Lake Wanaka, and is the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park and Milford Sound. Wanaka boasts of outdoor activities such as jet boating, kayaking, mountain climbing, trekking, and rock climbing.
What to see & do
Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World - Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World is an entertainment establishment in Wanaka. In 1973 it started out as a single level maze, but has since expanded to become the first 3D maze in the world. In Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World, visitors can try out several head-scratching puzzles, five large rooms full of optical illusions, and the Leaning Tower of Wanaka. There is an ongoing challenge wherein visitors who can prove they have psychic powers using it to find a specific item located within the maze for monetary prize. To this day, no one has earned the prize.
Wanaka Beer Works - The brewery is located at Wanaka Transport Museum. Here, guests can learn about the brewing process and even take samples.
Mount Aspiring National Park - Mount Aspiring National Park, located west of Lake Wanaka, encompasses the Southern Alps of the South Island of New Zealand. Popular activities in the national park are walking, tramping, and mountaineering. The name of the national park was derived from Mount Aspiring /Tititea, the highest point in the park.
Cardrona Alpine Resort - Cardrona Alpine Resort is a ski resort with ski fields that range from 1,260 metres to 1,894 metres. The resort welcomes visitors with skiing experiences of all levels, from beginner to advanced. The resort is equipped with two detachable quad chairlifts, two fixed-grip quad chairlift, snowmaking equipment, two half pipes, and four terrain parks. Within the resort there is also a High Performance Centre wherein advanced skiers and snowboarders undergo training. The resort is also a prime destination for families with children, as there are childcare facilities provided.
How to get around within Wanaka
The Wanaka township is quite compact and most accommodations are only a short walk from the shops and restaurants. Taxi service is available, but organised tours as well as car or mountain bike hire can be arranged. Wanaka also has a carpool system that only requires a gold coin donation for a ride to and from certain drop and pickup points.
How to get there
Scheduled passenger service to Wanaka airport is provided by Air New Zealand and Air Nelson. Charter services are provided by Aspiring Air and Glenorchy Air from Queenstown and Glenorchy. There are also flights between Wanaka and Milford Sound courtesy of Southern Alps Air.