Ep19: Autumn adventures in Wānaka


On this edition of Kiwi Tripsters, getaway to Wānaka this autumn. We dive into the thriving food and drinks scene, check out some family crowd-pleasers, dip into local culture and soak up the world-beating adventures in the great outdoors.

Autumn cycling in Wanaka New Zealand
Autumn cycling in Wanaka. Photo: Wanaka NZ

Fanning out from Wānaka, the 54km-long Mt Aspring Road is a golden gateway to goodness. A world-class wilderness route that opens the door on so many outdoorsy attractions including Mt Aspiring National Park. We highlight some of the essential attractions including Diamond Lake and Rob Roy Glacier Track.

Autumn colours at Mt Aspiring Road, Wanaka in New Zealand
Autumn colours at Mt Aspiring Road. Photo: Wanaka NZ

Eat, stay and play in Wānaka. Blessed with world-class wineries, a thriving craft beer scene and epic foodie scene, where should you head for some of Wānaka’s signature tastes?  We highlight our top recommendations, plus we showcase the absolute lakefront  accommodation oasis, Edgewater, Wānaka.

Rippon Wine Estate, Wanaka New Zealand
Rippon Wine Estate. Photo: Wanaka NZ

Mike and Andrew chat to Joe Waide who has a very unique offering. Joe operates Wanahaka, the only wine tour in Central Otago that connects the wines and land with Māori culture and the history of the area. https://www.wanahaka.co.nz/

Joe Waide from Wanahaka Tours in New Zealand
Joe Waide from Wanakaka Tours. Photo: Mike Yardley

Wānaka is tailor-made for magical family holidays. We check out the National Transport & Toy Museum, the mind-bending amusements of Puzzling World, the food truck scene, the incredible boutique cinemas and some fabulous lakeside pastimes that won’t cost you a dime.

Federal Diner, Wanaka New Zealand
Federal Diner, Wanaka. Photo: Mike Yardley

Nourish your soul with an autumn getaway in Wānaka. Crisp air, incredible colours and the ideal temperature for some hearty adventures. Hit the trails, savour the lake, gaze at glaciers, treat the family to some holiday frolics and soak up the region’s superb food and drinks scene. Escape to play in Wānaka. https://www.lakewanaka.co.nz/

  • 01:50 Mt Aspiring Road, Wanaka
  • 11:40 Hospitality scene in Wanaka
  • 20:32 Chat with Joe Wade from Wanakahaka
  • 30:25 Family fun in Wanaka

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