Wanaka is located on New Zealands south island on the west coast, build on its name-sake lake nestled in mountains. It is one of the most picturesque places i have ever been as well as Queenstown. Wanaka is a real outdoorsy spot with loads of water sports on the lake. It is about a six hour drive from Christchurch. On the way you pass the amazing Lake Tekapo and also see Mount Cook in the horizon, as well as take in some beautiful views.
Wanaka also has some very cool bars and funky restaurants and there was plenty to choose from. There was a lovely relaxed vibe in Wanaka, sit back, relax and watch the world go by. Very different of Sydney, where its all go and nothing stops for any body. I also found Wanaka to be unspoilt, the landscape and the lake was beautiful and natural looking with no big buildings taking from the amazing view.