How to get to Wanaka:
Nestled in the lower half of the South Island, from Christchurch international airport it’s about a five-hour drive to Wanaka… but that’s if you are driving nonstop. To be honest this five-hour drive could quickly escalate to a few days because you will be passing through some through some pretty special South Island towns and scenery, including Lake Tekapo, Mount Cook National Park, Lindis Valley, Twizel and even the ‘garden city’ - Christchurch itself. Moral of the story: take your time to experience all the magic along this drive. If you fly into Queenstown, the drive to Wanaka is only about one hour 10 minutes; but, again, there is plenty of magic to see along your way so always plan more time in your itinerary when you’re driving in this part of the country.