Spotlight on Wanaka

Wanaka is one of the beautiful towns in Central Otago. It was founded in the 19th Century during the Gold Rush.

Wanaka lies near the southern end of Lake Wanaka and is nestled between mountain ranges. To the southwest is the Crown Range, leading towards Queenstown. To the north is Haast Pass, which cuts through the Southern Alps.

Presbyterian Support Otago has been part of the Wanaka community for many years. Our two care homes (Elmslie House and Aspiring Enliven) have a large team of staff and volunteers who provide care to 71 residents, at all levels including some who live with dementia.

Wanaka Retirement Village is located next to Elmslie House. There are 14 villas on the site, which provide independent living for people over 65 years old.

Our Family Works presence in Wanaka has continued to grow and we currently have five part time team members who work in the town. They provide social work support, financial mentoring and runs our Buddy and group programmes. The Buddy Programme has over 20 Young Buddies who are enjoying support from an Adult Buddy.

Wanaka is a beautiful place to live and we are proud to be part of the local community.