Voted as one of the world's top 10 most romantic destinations, Lake Wanaka is a picture-perfect alpine lake located in the Otago region of the South Island. It is New Zealand's fourth-largest lake and certainly one of its most beautiful. The lake is popular for boating, fishing and swimming and the temperate climate ensures that this is a year-round destination. The nearby Harris Mountains provide ample opportunity for skiing in winter as well.
Transport: Daily coach services link Wanaka with Dunedin, Christchurch, Invercargill, the West Coast and neighbouring Queenstown. At Lake Wanaka, visitors can hire a car, taxi or bike to get around the small lakeside towns.