Wanaka is the perfect place to explore by bike, with seemingly endless well maintained tracks and stunning scenery everywhere. I hired one for the day (Racer’s Edge is a good option) and covered 60km around Wanaka, through Albert Town, over to Lake Hawea and onto Gladstone and back.
Continuing around Lake Wanaka to the east takes you to Albert Town, on the lush Clutha River, home to colourful plants and an historic cemetery by the campground. The Hawea River Track runs from Albert Town to the shores of Lake Hawea, a much quieter version of Wanaka, like Glenorchy to Queenstown. The track runs by a couple of man made water sports spots.