Photo: Emma Matthews
Queenstown is a picturesque town surrounded by the most extreme landscape I have ever seen. But the lure of Wanaka, an hour's drive north was too much. Stories of less backpackers, chilled cafes and a very cool cinema ‘Cinema Paradiso’ sounded like just what the doctor ordered. Yes it is that good, I felt at home immediately. There’s plenty to do even if you aren’t there to ski or board. Accommodation, as with everywhere in NZ, is affordable and comfortable. I’d recommend- Puzzle world, the Shooting Range/mini golf. The airport, where you can parachute or go on a redbull stunt plane, or just watch others do crazy stuff. There are stables for horse trekking which is a brilliant way to spend a day and really see the countryside. A paraglide from Treble Cone, the highest NZ is as close to perfection as you can get. For lazy days the many walks around Lake Wanaka are a must and the cinema, with great food, cool films, couches and an old car for seats is a unique way to spend an evening.