Lake Wanaka Tourism

  • Book review: Everest Mountain Guide – The remarkable story of a Kiwi mountaineer

    Book review: Everest Mountain Guide – The remarkable story of a Kiwi mountaineer

    By Guy Cotter (Potton & Burton, 2023) Since first climbing the mountain in 1992 as part of the Adventure Consultants team, Guy Cotter has become one of the industry’s most respected Everest guides. In the three decades since, he has accumulated a proper shopping list of accomplishments, including summiting Everest five times and scaling seven…

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  • Natural Born Campervanners

    Natural Born Campervanners

    May 2020. First week out of lockdown. We were trucking along nicely when my wife made an announcement: “I’ve done something. I’ve booked us a campervan for ten days!”  I had many thoughts, largely circling around the theme of whether or not she had paid any attention AT ALL in the 24 and three-quarter years…

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  • Talking points

    Talking points

    It’s been a hot minute. The last time Wānaka’s Aspiring Conversations Festival of Ideas & Kōrero took place was in 2018, which was only six years ago, but jeez, what a six years. Aspiring Conversations is the biennial off-year sibling to the also-biennial Festival of Colour, which has been running for almost two decades. The…

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  • A date with death

    A date with death

    There’s no telling when death might tap you on the shoulder. When your name is called, there are no ifs or buts; as the saying goes, “you can be a king or street sweeper, but everyone dances with the Grim Reaper.” Many of us spend our time avoiding this fact. Others, however, invite it in…

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  • The scientist

    The scientist

    It was nearly twenty years ago when retired zoologist John Darby, having spent hours at his computer summarising his data on Antarctic and yellow-eyed penguins one day, wandered the short distance from his home to the Wānaka lakefront. There were the usual waterbirds  ̶  mallards, black-billed gulls, scaups, shags ­ ̶  but then he saw…

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  • Wānaka Tree axed!

    Wānaka Tree axed!

    April 1, 2022: An act of environmental terrorism has left the town of Wānaka and the world stunned. ‘That Wānaka Tree’, as it has been dubbed by millions on social media, is perhaps the most famous  and photographed tree in the world. Or at least it was. The iconic tree was cut down and removed by an unknown assailant on the night of March…

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  • Music Review: Silhouette – Alba Rose

    Music Review: Silhouette – Alba Rose

    Silhouette is the debut EP from Alba Rose, AKA Rosie Spearing. Originally from Wānaka and now based in Wellington, Rosie is known as the lead singer of the indie-pop band Corduroy. She also collaborated with composer and producer Bravo Bonez on the trip-hop project ARLS.  Alba Rose is her first solo project, and it continues…

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  • Taking shape

    Taking shape

    Counting the real cost of a surfboard with Aotearoa’s most inland board builder. It’s as far from the coast as you can get. Yet, thirty minutes’ drive west from the country’s most inland town, Cromwell, there’s a persistent noise that is often mistaken by neighbours for an out-of-tune weed-whacka. It’s the sound of Paul Roach’s…

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  • Green Mind

    Green Mind

    A grassroots history of sowing and mowing in Aotearoa. I left Wānaka in my little white Toyota campervan, bound for the North Island. The trip was equal parts long and tedious, novel and exciting. There were windy sections and straight sections, narrow mountain passes and expansive valley floors. As I drove and drove across our…

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