Wanaka is referred to as a smaller, quieter Queenstown. Though we liked Queenstown, we preferred Wanaka. Of course they have a lake, no shortage of water in this country. Lots of hiking and mountain biking trails, good beer, good food, and a cinema paradiso that serves drinks and food before, at the intermission, or after the movie.
Went to Speight's Bar for some delicious craft brews and met a group of Kiwis that were on vacation. They gave us some recommendations and said if we met earlier they would have taken us around, what hospitality. They went next door for dinner then a couple of other's sat down with us. Turns out they have a vacation home in Wanaka and recommended the exact same places as the previous group. Then they offered to take us mountain biking the next morning. After our ride they gave us fresh fruits and veggies from their garden. We cancelled our expensive wine tour to hang out with them, well worth it.
Checked out Quentin Tarantino's Django at Cinema Paradiso with some beer during and dessert at intermission.