Wanaka New ZealandWanaka, New Zealand

Wanaka, the base of your Alpinism & Ski alpine adventure and gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park. Whether it be for a guided ascent of Mt Aspiring or an introduction to native NZ plants, Wanaka is a great place to start your holiday.

Home of the Alpinism and Ski's boutique guiding operation since the millenium year, Wanaka is ideally situated as your alpine hub of the South Island in New Zealand. Wanaka is:

  • at the door step of Mt Aspiring National Park
  • a couple of hours from Mt Cook National Park and the highest mountains and longest glaciers in the country.
  • 3 hours drive from Fox glacier - start for alpinism adventures in Westland National Park
  • an easy start for a scenic journey to Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park
  • a pleasurably short and scenic drive from Queenstown, the closest international airport, as well as the Remarkables Range for alternative alpinism activities
  • 20 min. from Wanaka rock climbing areas

Wanaka is sheltered from many of the tricky weather systems affecting New Zealand, with very low rainfall and lots of sunshine. With an ever growing population since the start of this century, Wanaka is still small enough with a relaxed atmosphere but big enough to have all the modern amenities our visitors enjoy. If the weather is not so nice in the Southern Alps for your alpinism adventure, instead of being stuck looking at the rain, in Wanaka you can stay busy and go:

Wanaka activities include:

  • Mountain biking, rock climbing, eco walking and bird watching, hiking, jogging, trekking, skiing, learn to fly or enjoy a helicopter picnic, sailing, kite surfing, fishing, boating, swimming, canyoning, abseiling, jet boating or tandem sky diving ..
  • shopping, retail therapy, beauty treatments, browse the many art galleries, experience the local restaurants, wine tasting and sightseeing at the same time, take in a movie
  • Autumn Art school
  • Biggest (Easter) Airshow in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Festival of Colour and other cultural delights

Relaxation along the shores of lake Wanaka rejuvenates so come and visit us where 'LIFE THE WAY IT SHOULD BE' is one of the motos.


We have winter accommodation available while we are in the Swiss Alps, email for details


Alpinism and Ski Wanaka

providing you with top quality alpinism

experiences and adventures

as well as alpinist accommodation in our climbers bunkroom or the 'honeymoon' room and there is the independent studio-cottage

in beautiful Wanaka

situated close to the Southern Alps of New Zealand.

Need any help to organise your dream adventures starting in Wanaka? simply ask here

see more on our Wanaka blog and


Wanaka Gallery

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Wanaka NZ home of Alpinism & Ski hiking in the Wanaka area Wanaka from the air
mountain biking in Wanaka Wanaka, lake, sailing hiking in Wanaka

How to get to Wanaka

As an international traveler, the easiest way is to fly into Queenstown. Shuttle services exist and just ask us for help if needed.

Where to stay in Wanaka

Options are plentiful but our alpinism visitors have the possibility of a homestay at the Alpinism and Ski base and for independent holiday guests, we have our Alpinism Studio.


Alpinism & Ski Ltd, Wanaka, New Zealand :: Ph 027 229 5534 :: e-mail: info@alpinismski.co.nz