As small as New Zealand is, I still feel like there are some towns and areas that the average tourist does not even think of visiting. Or, they think about it, but then opt to go somewhere else.
Take Wanaka, for example. This small city located on New Zealand’s South Island is an amazing place to plant yourself for a while. But most people either skim through it, or skip it entirely in favor of nearby Queenstown.
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Now, don’t get me wrong — Queenstown is awesome and I love it a lot. But you should make room in your plans to visit Wanaka, too.
Here are six of the many reasons you shouldn’t skip Wanaka on a trip to New Zealand:
Located on the southern end of Lake Wanaka and within a short drive of Mount Aspiring National Park, Wanaka has some seriously amazing views to boast of. You can see snow-capped mountains from just about anywhere in town, find fields of lupins in the spring/summer, and get treated to fall colors in autumn.
I’ll let these photos speak for themselves: