If you want to do something active during your holiday there are many opportunities available to guests.
Nearby there are mountain bike tracks and walking trails. Walks range from a lakeside stroll, short day hikes or longer tramps. The Lake Wanaka area is the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park. The local hill terrain has some of the best mountain biking trails around.
Skiing in Wanaka
For the winter Maple Lodge is located within 25 minutes of the 4 local ski areas: Treble Cone, Cardrona, Snow Park and Snow Farm. Mountain shuttle buses are able to pickup and drop off at Maple Lodge and we are able to help with arrangements for your hire of skis and snowboards locally.
Feeling the need of an adrenalin rush? sky-diving, paragliding, water skiing, kayaking and bungee jumping are all accessible within 15-30 minutes of Maple Lodge.
All sounds a bit too active? Then why not try a wine tasting or vineyard tour, a scenic flight trip to Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound, a local river or lake trip or maybe a round of golf on what has to be one of the world’s most scenic golf courses.
Maybe you would prefer fishing? The Clutha river boasts to be one of the world’s best trout fishing locations. Fishing gear can be hired locally, a guide can take you out and show you the best spots or may be you just want to improve your skills in a truly astounding place.
In the evening enjoy one of the many local restaurants; thai, indian and mexican are all represented with fine dining and the best of NZ ingredients available too.
We are happy to help with any advice and are able to book any of the attractions and amenities available in the area and beyond on behalf of guests.
See our ‘Sites of Interest’ page for links to various Wanaka activity websites.
Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago Region
Wanaka lies at the edge of the Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago regions in the South Island of New Zealand (Aotearoa). Within an hour’s drive of your base at Maple Lodge there are many opportunities to explore these two regions.
Famous for its spectacular setting on the shores of Lake Wakaitipu, vibrant Queenstown attracts a great number of overseas visitors every year. But, step away from Queenstown and a beautiful region of fabulous lakes and mountains unfolds before you.
Reminiscent of an English village with tree lined streets Arrowtown has kept the street frontages of the old gold mining town it once was which now house a myriad of eating places and small craft shops.
The area from here through to Glenorchy boasts some of the spectacular scenery used in the Lord of the Rings movies. Local guides are only too happy to take you on tours to see these beautiful areas.
Central Otago is home to the finest Pinot Noir vineyards. At 45degrees lattitude these are world’s most southern vineyards. The climate (cold in winter, hot in summer and very dry) makes for great Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Savignon Blanc wines. This is the home of many boutique vineyards, small runs of wine are made making them quite exclusive. We serve a local Central Otago Pinot Noir in our evening aperitif selection. Many of the vineyards are open for winetasting and there are local companies who are able to take you on a wine tasting tour.
Summer and autumn bring another harvest. Cherries, peaches, apricots, plums and apples abound. At Maple Lodge we include these in our breakfasts; fresh local fruit served with pancakes and also made into home made jams for the table. Many of the growers have road side stalls or pick your own orchards where you can easily indulge yourself.