Wanaka is one of our favorite places in New Zealand. A small city docked in-between high peak mountains will leave you speechless. It’s a lovely zen city that offers great views, nice hikes and very kind people. Here’s how you can spend 48 hours in Wanaka.

Day one

First thing on the to-do list is the Mt. Iron hike. It’s an easy track, that takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes to the top and down (you can do the round trip or go down the same path). The top of Mt. Iron is a perfect spot that offers a 360° view of Wanaka. On a clear day the views are simply mesmerizing, so don’t be in a rush and take in all that it has to offer.

Lunch break! Well, there is a cute little gem that offers finger-licking food called the Big Fig!

After lunch drive to the Mt. Aspiring National Park. An hour-long drive from Wanaka will lead you to the carpark, from where you’ll access your next stop, the Blue Pools. This is an easy half-hour return track among the trees towards capturing turquoise glacier water that makes the Blue Pools so Blue. It really an amazing experience.

In the evening grab a bite in one of the lakeshore restaurants and enjoy your amazing view.

Day two

In the morning take a hike at the Diamond Lake and Rocky Mountain. It takes you around 3 hours to return. The track takes you from the car park to the Diamond Lake, from the Diamond Lake through the trees the track becomes a little bit steep and takes you to a viewing point. From the top, you’ll see the Southern Alps and Mount Aspiring. It will take your breath away.

Lunch break! You’ll need some fuel after the morning exercise.

In the afternoon take a stroll through Wanaka, walk down the Lakes shores or you can borrow a bike and go on a scenic bike ride. There are great paths for bikes around Wanaka.

And let us not forget That Wanaka Tree, your last stop. This tree literally rises from the water of Lake Wanaka. It’s a perfect place for great photos, especially during sunset.

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