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A hidden gem of New Zealand, the spectacular Lake Wanaka area is framed by the South Island’s dazzling Southern Alps. On the doorstep of Mount Aspiring National Park, a World Heritage Site, the daily schedule includes exploring alpine-laced peaks, roaring waterfalls, immense glaciers and lush rain forests. Retire to hip villages whose eclectic and friendly locals are eager to share their favorite tips with visitors. Be sure to inquire about the location of the famed (and very photogenic) Lone Tree of Lake Wanaka.