Welcome to Ultimate Wanaka

Ultimate Wanaka brings you Wanaka’s best activities. We offer a variety of experiences, including jet boating, 4WDs, helicopter tours, boat cruises, pack rafting and nature walks. Our activity providers are independently owned and operated assuring your Wanaka activity is delivered with passion and authenticity.

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Glacier Jet

Jet Boat +Walk + Heli: The first part of this awesome adventure will take us on an invigorating jet boat ride up the shallow, braided waterways of the Matukituki River.

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Mt Aspiring and Glaciers

Helicopter Scenic Flight: This 60 minute scenic helicopter flight showcases some of the most spectacular scenery of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, and Mt Aspiring. Guests will fly throughout the Mount Aspiring National Park, a World Heritage area and enjoy both a snow and alpine landing.

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The Ultimate

Boat Cruise + Walk + 4WD + Jet Boat + Heli: The Ultimate tour package is an opportunity to experience the full range of adventure tourism and eco travels that Wanaka has to offer. The tour is one full day and a second half day to be taken in the morning or afternoon, with pick you up and drop off at your accommodation on both days.

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Essential Wanaka

Jet boat + Walk + Heli + 4WD: With the Essential Wanaka package, you will jet boat journey up the beautiful braided rivers of the glorious Matukituki Valley, made famous in the Lord of the Rings movie. Traveling at 80kph, with 360 degree spins, you’ll have the chance to take full advantage of the stunning views of towering alpine landscapes.Having seen the landscape from below we’ll then take to the skies for a scenic helicopter flight and glacier landing.

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Wild Hills Safari

4WD Safari: This exclusive journey by 4WD travels private back-roads of iconic West Wanaka Station (alpine mountain farm) high into the mountains overlooking sparkling Lake Wanaka and beyond to glaciated snow-capped peaks of Mt Aspiring National Park.

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Misty Mountains Heli Hike

Heli + Hike: The Misty Mountains Heli Hike adventure tour takes you on a half day expedition deep into the heart of the mesmerizing landscapes of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, over some of the most dramatic locations chosen for the filming of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Trilogies.

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Lake Cruise with Island Walk

Lake Cruise + Guided Island Walk: This is a half day guided trip that includes a lake cruise across the beautiful Lake Wanaka to Mou Waho Island and a guided nature walk. You will enjoy morning or afternoon tea at the top of the island and encounter New Zealand native birds.

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Glacier River Safari

Jet Boat + Walk + 4WD: Begin your day with with a thrilling jet boat journey travelling up the pristine, glacially fed waters of the Matukituki river. Traveling at up to 80 kph, you will have ample chance to take in the gorgeous views of this glorious landscape as the jetboat driver spins through 360 degrees.

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Glacier Discovery

Rob Roy Glacier Walk + Heli: Begin your day with a scenic drive around Lake Wanaka & up the Matukituki Valley to your Helicopter, thenfly to the majestic into Southern Alps to land on the Isobel Glacier with stunning views of Mt Aspiring and the World Heritage Mt Aspiring National Park.

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Wanaka Nature Encounter

Boat Cruise + Walk + 4WD: The Wanaka Nature Encounter is a full day package with a boat cruise, great guided walks, eco opportunities and a 4 wheel drive tour of the finest and most famous landscapes on the south island.

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Best of Wanaka 4WD Photography Tour

Photography 4WD Tour: Travel by comfortable 4WD well off the beaten track into the heart of Wanaka’s remote high-country. With a local New Zealand guide we’ll showcase our favourite landscape locations on the edge of Mt Aspiring National Park, World Heritage Area.

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Bridle Track & Blue Pools Guided Walk

Bridle Track & Blue Pools Guided Walk:  The walk passes through beech forest, and follows the upper reaches of the Makarora River, with stunning river and valley views.

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Alpine Lakes Heli Hike

Heli + Hike: The Alpine Lakes Heli Hike is an unforgettable adventure tour through the heart of New Zealand’s dramatically beautiful World Heritage Conservation area bordering on Mt Aspiring National Park deep within the Southern Alps.

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Rob Roy Glacier Guided Walk

Guided Walk: Our Rob Roy Glacier Guided Walk is one of the best full day activities in Wanaka. The Rob Roy Glacier sits in the grand Mt Aspiring National Park (World Heritage area). The glacier is a rare hanging glacier, beginning high above on Rob Roy Peak (2606 metres). It hangs off the steep mountainside and descends into the Rob Roy Valley.

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Wanaka Highlights Safari

4WD Safari: The Wanaka Highlights Safari is a two and half hour guided 4WD adventure through a working New Zealand high country farm. Guests will take in some of the most stunning scenery Lake Wanaka has to offer, experience our exclusive ‘alpine café’ and enjoy an easy nature walk.

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Mighty Milford Sound Scenic Flight

Helicopter Scenic Flight with landings: This Mighty Milford Sound Scenic flight not only encompasses incredible views of Milford Sound, but also the famous Mt Aspiring and its surrounds. You will fly up close to Mt Aspiring, glaciers, and the World Heritage National Park before descending for a glacier/snow landing.

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Helicopter Scenic Flight with Glacier or Snow Landing

Helicopter + Glacier/Snow Landing: This helicopter scenic flight takes you over stunning views of the Mt Aspiring National Park and the surrounding area. You can view valleys carved out thousands of years ago by glaciers, mountain peaks, which are snow-covered in the winter, tarns (alpine lakes), braided rivers and you may even get a glimpse of the ocean if the day is clear.

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Jet Boat with Walk

Jet Boat + Walk: Our jet boat and nature walk is a half day guided activity that entails a thrilling jet boat tour up the Matukituki Valley. You will watch the stunning alpine scenery pass by as they speed up the river.

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Pack Rafting Wanaka

Jet Boat + Walk + Pack Raft: Pack Rafting Wanaka is a full day guided adventure in one of New Zealand’s most stunning locations. Guests will jet boat the spectacular Matukituki River, take a short guided walk through a beautiful forest and pack raft down the Matukituki Valley.

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Big Sky Safari

4WD + Heli: The Big Sky Safari adventure tour package is a rare opportunity to experience the stunningly beautiful natural landscapes in and around Wanaka and the Mount Aspiring National Park immortalized on screen by the fantastical Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Trilogies.

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We went on a short tour as part of getting to know the activities around Wanaka.

George was a well spoken genuine kiwi farmer who knew how to tell a good storey and keep you entertained with interesting facts and figures along the drive aswell as answering all our questions.

There is spectacular views while you have a coffee or tea and make sure you ask how George is more or less personally responsible for finding Shrek the sheep.

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The jet boat tour up the Matukituki River valley was more spectacular than we could have imagined.

A great way to view the surrounding snow-capped mountains and many waterfalls. The in-between hike was beautiful and unique with more hidden waterfalls.

Dress warmly and wear sturdy, waterproof hiking boots, though, as a bit of crossing gentle brooks is also included.

The visit to Wanaka, a small tourist town, is also recommended.

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The boat ride on Lake Wanaka was great given the beautiful views, but the hike to the top of Mou Waho island was even better! Our guide, Craig, was friendly and knowledgeable, and he made the tour really fun. We learned a lot about the history of Wanaka, and also about the flora and fauna.

Craig’s enthusiasm about nature and history, and his sense ofhumor brought everything to life. The views were spectacular, and it was really fun to see the Weka bird up close. This was the perfect eco tour – a small group, great guide, and amazing place! Definitely a highlight of our trip so far!

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Today’s experience with Aspiring Helicopters was beyond expectation!

Today we booked, last minute and without hassle, to do a scenic flight with a snow landing and WOAH! It was spectacular and so much better than we could have ever imagined! The staff were so friendly and professional. I would highly recommend to anyone considering taking a scenic flight with Aspiring Helicopters!! 10/10 for overall experience.

Thank you!!!

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Ultimate Wanaka's "Wanaka Nature Encounter"

Written by Raegan Tipping – Guest Blogger Raegan tells us about her experience on our Wanaka Nature Encounter.   In the middle of Lake Wanaka
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The township of Wanaka is the gateway to the Mt Aspiring National Park and one of New Zealand’s premier resort towns to visit summer or winter.

The spell bounding majesty of the Southern Alps, lakes, rivers, glaciers and the native forest are on Wanaka’s doorstep, will captivate the most intrepid of travellers.