It is a popular ski and resort town located on the South Island of New Zealand, at the southern end of Lake Wanaka and is the gateway to Mount Apiring National Park. Its economy is based on the many outdoor opportunities it offers. The current town was founded as Pembroke during the 19th century Gold Rush and was renamed Wanaka in 1940. In winter, the town is a great place to see the Southern Lights. It has been the natural setting for films such as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Destinations related to Wanaka