The town of Wānaka, situated on Roys Bay, in the extreme south-east corner of Lake Wānaka, is 70 km north-east of Queenstown. For many years Wānaka was a quiet summer holiday place, although thousands visited for New Year’s Eve celebrations – often rowdy. The ski fields which opened from the late 1970s made Wānaka into an all-season tourist resort.

Meaning of place name
Wānaka was the South Island form of wānanga, sacred knowledge or a place of learning. Also could be corruption of Ō-Anake or Ō-Anaka, a proper name. Residents changed the named from Pembroke in 1940.

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