Wanaka and Queenstown Holiday Activities and Local Information

Wanaka – Life the way it is meant to be

The mountains, river and lakes combined with a dry Central Otago climate has meant that Wanaka – just north of the 45th parallel – has been a popular holiday spot for generations of New Zealand families away from the bustle of its more commercial counterpart of Queenstown just over the hill. As a base for a huge range of outdoor activities and with the recent growth in the local wine industry Wanaka has grown into a true four season resort while still retaining a laidback atmosphere.

Local information

Lakeside café’s, restaurants, boutiques and some of the countries highest quality activities set up and run by local operators ensure a high level of service and value for money.

Whether you are taking a day off hunting or fishing, or it’s simply not your thing, you are spoilt for choice in deciding how to spend your time in the Wanaka area with a choice of:

  • Spa treatments – holistic health
  • Wine tours and tastings – www.funnyfrenchcars.co.nz
  • Lake Cruises, guided and chartered – www.ecowanaka.co.nz
  • Skydiving -Tandem and Individual – www.skydivewanaka.com
  • Scenic Helicopter – www.aspiringhelicopters.co.nz
  • Helicopter Flying lessons – www.wanakahelicopters.co.nz
  • Flights in a Tiger Moth – www.classicflights.co.nz
  • Jetboating – www.wanakariverjourneys.co.nz
  • A selection of golf courses
  • Extensive walking and mountain biking tracks
  • Milford Sound trips
  • Rafting
  • Museums
  • Excellent shopping and dining out

Gerald’s partner in the business, Sue Telford, has over 30 years working in the tourism industry and has customised itineraries for a number of their clients, both during their stay and on the rest of their travels in the country. In fact, by the end of the holiday, many of the ‘hunting and fishing widows’ have enjoyed themselves so much, they’re not sure who the trip was for in the first place!

Telford Hunting NZ Ltd

Telford Family

Our local information will benefit your stay with us.

‘I want to thank you for a wonderful time. The time that you spent with Tina and me, taking us to all the wonderful artist shops and the hikes and the Big Screen was a great time.

Thanks also for all your help in getting our tour routed. We had wonderful accommodations. It is hard to choose the best one, but mine was the Classic Villa in Christchurch, mostly because it had our year numbers for the code and that it was a beautiful step back in time. The whirl pool tub in Fox Glacier was a bonus and I took advantage of it.

Your flight to lake Te Anau was a wonderful experience and your side trip for Dick was so appreciated by both of us.

Thanks again for such a wonderful time and Dick is talking about coming back to fish.

Give the girls a GREAT BIG HUG for us. Take care’,

Dick & Becky Graham, Arizona, May 2010

If you prefer to relax and unwind you may choose to sleep in, read and generally take it easy, otherwise, take a look at what we have and send us an email if you have any questions:

Weather in the South of the South Island of New Zealand

Wanaka Average Rainfall: 682 mm/year
Wanaka Average Temperature: 16.6 Celsius

Weather in Wanaka and Central Otago NZWe are based on latitude 45 degrees in the Southern Hemisphere. We receive the cool polar air from the south Tasman Sea during our autumn and winter months from April to August.

Our weather, like most parts of the world, is changeable. The standard weather pattern between April and August is cool dry conditions with frosts in Central Otago and wet cold conditions in Southland. Wanaka and our main Red Stag and Chamois hunting areas are in the rain shadow of the Southern Alps and as a result remain dry.

Central Otago Terrain
Tahr hunting in the Alps is weather dependent and is easy to predict, we always watch for NW fronts and get out fast if one is approaching. Normally fronts pass within 6 to 24 hr so hunting is not badly affected. We did, however, receive a mild winter two years ago that put our ski fields to shame and the summer garden growth grew too early.

The snowfall remains on the surrounding mountains in Central Otago, which stand from 5000 to 10,000 feet (2000-3000m) high. Occasionally we will get a snowfall on the ground outside our door, but it melts in a matter of hours or days, depending on the amount of wet snow that has fallen from the sky.

Duncan our Guide with partner Kerry

Duncan our Hunting Guide with his Partner Kerry

The best outdoor clothing in use for our weather conditions is Micro-fleece. It is quick drying, wind proof and warm. Please read our equipment information pages for Fishing or Hunting .

Our spring and summer begins from September until March. Our standard spring/summer weather pattern is wet and windy; “be prepared for anything” conditions during September through to December (but the best time to fly fish!). Our annual rainfall is around 28 inches (71cm) and comes mostly in the spring (September/October). January through to March is mild and warm, but there can be an occasional change to cool southerlies.

New Zealand has four distinct seasons:

Weather in New Zealand South Island