Wanaka Scenic, 4WD & boat trip Combo
- Duration: 8 Hours (approx.)
- Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
- Product code: W4WDCC
- Scenic tour to Wanaka via New Zealand's highest road "the Crown Range" in a luxury comfortable tour van.
- Visit the world famous Wanaka tree
- Take a 30 minute guided boat tour across Lake Wanaka to & from your 4x4 pick-up location
- Exclusive 4x4 tour of Mt Burke Station a real high country farm
- Free time in Wanaka to enjoy the town after returning from the 4x4 tour
- A stop at the world famous Cardrona Hotel for a beverage
- Return to your Hotel in Queenstown.
Historically used by Maori as a pathway to greenstone sites and later by goldminers for accommodation close to Cardrona claims, today Wanaka has branded itself as a lifestyle reserve; rich in family adventures, eco-tours, recreational trails and nearby skifields, it is surrounded by huge mountains and massive glaciers. We will lead you to the Reflection Tree, which grows within the lake. It is obsessively photographed across every season, and you will see why.
Have free time to wander Wanaka at your whim, maybe you'll look around the shops, sit and have an icecream by the lake, or go for a walk along the lake path? The choice is yours. We recommend choosing an easy lunch option from one of the nearby cafes and taking advantage of the views
Wanaka 4x4 Explorer
Wanaka’s boat and 4×4 tour brings you the best of both worlds with views from the lake and land looking over remote islands and National Parks. From start to finish we are off the beaten path, no people, truly remote, truly stunning.
Your trip starts at the marina by boating up Lake Wanaka towards the head of Stevenson’s arm with tremendous views of glacier carved mountains, a constantly changing vista of steep walls and alpine peaks. We cruise past Stevenson’s Island to our landing point at the foot of Mt Burke.
Boarding our 4×4 Vehicle we climb above the lake, your view expands until all of Lake Wanaka lays before you in a stunning panorama of crystal clear blue water and the alpine peaks of Mount Aspiring National Park.
Take some time to enjoy the solitude and enjoy the best view in Wanaka! Your guide will give you an insight into the history of the farm station and the geology of the alps and some of the stories of the early settlers who sought farm land, gold and a better life here in the mountains of New Zealand.
Morning Tea; a fine selection of fruit, slices & muffins accompanied by tea and plunger coffee or a fine selection of fruit, New Zealand cheese and crackers, accompanied by local Wine. (White, Rose or Red)
The Crown Range
As we head back towards Queenstown, we will take the Crown Range home. As New Zealand's highest sealed road, the Crown Range is usually covered in snow in winter and boasts some incredible viewing platforms. You will step out and soak these up and grab a photo or three.
But before you do...we still have one famous stop to make. Built in 1863 to service gold prospectors, offering them accommodation, and a place to stop and seek refreshment, is Cardrona Hotel. It is one of New Zealand's oldest pubs, and possibly the most well-known (it has been much photographed internationally). Pop in and explore, and we'll shout you a beer or soft drink to enjoy in the beer garden or by the fire. You've worked for it.
Afternoon beverage: Cardrona Ale or non alcoholic Ginger Beer