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So if you are popping into Wanaka and you want to get off the beaten track, but don’t have a boat, jetski or anything else to get you to the real secret amazing places.

3 places to avoid this summer

  1. Forget the Wanaka tree, it isn’t famous by any locals.  Look past the tree, the picture is nice but walks a couple of hundred metres up the track and you can go get yourself a scone at Edgewater, its a nice little walk and the scones are yum.  You may have to wait 20mins for them to be baked fresh but persevere, there’s lawn for the kids to roll around on and you can enjoy
  2. Toilets at the waterfront –  we frequent these all the time, they are kept relatively clean but head to the Recreation centre for a wash and ablution for $5.  Or why not go to Federal Diner pick up a coffee and have a little flush.
  3. New World supermarket –  best times to go are outside of meal times and don’t bother from about 3-8 in the evening.  Shop first thing in the morning, but otherwise stay clear if you want a quick shop.  Med Market or foursquare are better options at busy times if you only need a few things.  And then there are always the organic shops too.

3 places to seek out this summer

  1. Head out to the Outlet Motor Camp.  There are a lot of places to park up at the mouth of this amazing river.  This is the start of the mighty Clutha river that runs all the way to the east coast.  So thats a huge 338 kilometres, the longest river in the South Island.  Its Maori name is Mata-Au, which means current or eddy in an expanse of water.  A bit boring really!  But it’s not boring at the Outlet.  Beware the Clutha is swift. 
  2. Wanaka Library.  We love this little place