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What’s on in Wanaka?

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We have recently received the summer newsletter from our friends at Lake Wanaka Tourism and we would like to share with you all the amazing things going on there…….

Kia ora from a sunny Lake Wanaka!

There’s a certain point when you know your body’s reached its perfect equilibrium – when you’re so relaxed your heart’s beating in soft samba time; your skin’s tingling from a hard day chilling out in the summer sun; you can taste the tingle of each bubble in that cold beer you’ve been fantasising about all day, and the aroma of your freshly-cooked pizza in the fresh air embraces the sight of a sunset coloured just the way you like it… You’d think there should be a phrase for it.
And we reckon there is. It’s “Summer in Wanaka”.

Lake Wanaka and The Hobbit
Lake Wanaka has been included by Air New Zealand in its December edition of its Kia Ora magazine as one of the top 10 locations used for the filming of The Hobbit. Wanaka provides a backdrop to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as the dwarves and Bilbo journey from Rivendell to the Misty Mountains. The film features panoramic views from Treble Cone ski area across to Mount Aspiring. Rippon Vineyard & Winery on the shores of Lake Wanaka was also used in Tourism New Zealand’s latest “Middle Earth” TV commercial and was described as the place “where wizards turn water into wine”!
There are several Wanaka activity operators which are planning to incorporate local Hobbit film locations into their tours in due course… More information will be available in the next newsletter update.

Puzzling World – New Extension
Marking the biggest launch at Puzzling World in over a decade the incredible new Sculpt illusion building, by far the largest Illusion Room, is sure to impress. Themed around an illusionary sculpture garden, the gallery invites visitors to wander around the various larger-than-life exhibits that showcase visual trickery at its best. Featuring over 20 large sculptures, artworks and displays the building itself offers illusionary aspects within its design. From Living Walls, wave ceilings, stone carpet and hanging waterfalls the visitor is met with stunning creations from some of NZ’s finest artists. www.puzzlingworld.co.nz

New Winter Holiday Activities
Can’t ski or snowboard? No problem. Check out some of these great new on-snow activities which will be available in Wanaka for the 2013 winter season!

Snow and Ice Driving Experience.
Minimum group size of 10-pax. Drive the latest BMW or Audi around a race track of snow and ice! Based at the Southern Hemisphere Proving Ground, Cardrona Valley, Wanaka.
OverSnow Tours.
Snow mobile tours including overnight backcountry options. Based at the Snow Farm, Cardrona Valley, Wanaka
Quiet Running Adventures.
Dog / husky sled rides. Based at the Snow Farm, Cardrona Valley, Wanaka.
Snow Bikes.
A cross between a BMX and skiing….. great fun and easy to master even if you’ve never been on skis! Available at Cardrona Alpine Resort, Wanaka.

For more information on the above or to incorporate into your bespoke tailor made holiday please contact us on 01323 446550 or e-mail info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Picture supplied by New Zealand Tourism.


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