Wanaka is not as far as you would think from Hokitika.
5.5 hour drive south of Hokitika
Lake Wanaka is a year-round destination set against the pristine alpine backdrop of Mount Aspiring National Park.
The lake offers all kinds of activities - kayaking, swimming, boating.
Hike Mt Iron for great views over the lake.
It's got a great playground on the lake shoreline too!
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