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Lost in Wanaka
Wanaka is believed to be named after a chief, Ō-Anake or Ō-Anaka, but it may also be from the word Wānaka which is a South Island form of wānanga, meaning sacred knowledge or a place of learning. Gigantic glaciers created the neighbouring lakes of Hawea and Wanaka over 10,000 years ago. The joining point of those glaciers is now a kilometre-wide expanse of land named the Neck.
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