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Friars Region - Wanaka
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year-round activities and scenic marvels
In Maori, Wanaka translates as
renewal of the soul, which symbolises the uplifting beauty of this area. In early Maori history, Lakes Wanaka and Hawea were summer fishing spots and rest camps for journeys to the West Coast in search of the pounamu, or greenstone, used for jewellery and weapons. Located within the Queenstown Lakes District of Central Otago, Wanaka is a charming tourist town that is a magnet to holidaymakers. In winter the skiing is supreme at the Treble Cone and Cardrona fields. And in summer the adventure activities on the lake or in Mount Aspiring National Park are outstanding. This national park extends from the dense rainforests of Fiordland to the glaciated Southern Alps with alpine meadows and river valleys in between. Over the Crown Range Road, home of the country's longest downhill bike ride (40km), Queenstown is less than one hour from Wanaka, so travellers can enjoy all of the adrenalin-packed adventure activities of the greater area from a quieter base. Many ceramics artists, jewellery makers, metal workers, photographers, fabric artists, sculptors and watercolour and oil artists have their work displayed in galleries and art trails.
areas within Wanaka
Friars has identified the following areas within Wanaka. Below is a breakdown of Friars listed hosts in Wanaka per locality.
- Lake Wanaka: Wanaka (2)
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