Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a multitude of activities from trekking in the National Park to mountain biking, rock climbing to kayaking. For those looking for more tranquil activities, Lake Wanaka is within easy reach of dozens of award-winning vineyards, the selection of restaurants and shops is excellent. With over 45 wineries in the region, Central Otago has earned its reputation as one of the premier New World wine producing areas with its pinot noir and pinot gris wines of particular repute. Many vineyards offer cellar door tastings and sales with restaurants set amongst the vines. The shores of Lake Wanaka are the location for the world-famous Rippon Vineyard, one of the first in the Southern Lakes and arguably the most beautiful setting for a vineyard anywhere in the world.
The region’s many lakes and rivers are renowned for their excellent fishing and are also the location for relaxing lake cruises or thrilling jet boat rides. Seen from the air, whether from a scenic flight or a 15,000ft skydive, the natural beauty of the area becomes even more apparent as you look down on hidden river valleys, turquoise lakes, crevassed glaciers and soaring mountain peaks.