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Explore Wanaka

A lively town buzzing with carefree spirit, Wanaka is the ultimate base for your South Island holiday. The township of Wanaka is a picture-perfect gem with a pristine alpine lake at its doorstep and surrounded by the spectacular backdrop of the South Island's Southern Alps.

It’s the gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park - a World Heritage Area – an alpine paradise of towering peaks, thundering waterfalls, spectacular glaciers, rainforest, rivers and valleys.

Activities abound; for kids, for families, for the adventurous and extreme at heart and for those seeking peace and relaxation. Walking, hiking, Mountain Biking, Fishing, boating, Kayaking, swimming, skiing and snowboarding, scenic flights, even the world famous Puzzling World – it’s all here and it’s all awesome!

Wanaka wharf at sunrise

Your choice for places to stay is limitless from premium luxury to relaxed lakeside camping and most accommodation is an easy walk to town. Choose from indulgent lodges and inviting bed & breakfasts; the freedom of your own self-contained holiday home or high-end apartment; go au natural in a campervan or holiday park or commune with like-minded at a friendly local backpackers; wherever you choose to lay your head, Wanaka has an abundance of options – and every one of them aims to please.

Wanaka cafes and restaurants are among the best in New Zealand with award-winning chefs and local talent creating dazzling culinary experiences that belie the humble ambience of the town.

But it really is the people that make the place. Yes, the views are jaw-dropping. Yes the landscape offers endless gems of delighted discovery. But when visitors leave Wanaka, they remember the people. The warmth, the genuine welcome, the naturally honest joy at being able to share this beautiful place they call home. Ask anyone – Wanaka is peopled by the very kindest from all over the world.

A magnet for those wanting a truly authentic New Zealand experience, Wanaka is one of those places you come for a visit, and end up staying for life.

 

Search the listings below to find accommodation to suit. Just click on a tab then use the drop down options to refine your search. You can also read stories from our Lake Wanaka blog and find recommended trips to suit any travel style or stay length.

More information on Wanaka Central Accommodation, Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

ASURE BrookVale Motel is a boutique visitor accommodation complex situated in the heart of Wanaka alongside a spring fed stream. We have spacious...

35 Brownston Street, Wanaka

From $105 NZD

Riverrun lodge is set on an escarpment surrounded by 500 acres bordering New Zealand’s largest river, the Clutha, with walks and running trails...

86 Halliday Road, Wanaka

From $380 NZD

YHA Wanaka offers a choice of quality accommodation for the discerning traveler, from backpacker beds to self-contained studio units. Our accommodation boasts a...

94 Brownston St, Wanaka

From $26 NZD

Nestled beautifully in the sunny foothills of Mt Iron, Wanaka lies theloft@hiddenhills. For the discerning traveler who enjoys being “active” with all Wanaka...

1 Hidden Hills Drive, Wanaka

From $285 NZD

Riverview Terrace is Qualmark 5 Star luxury accommodation located above the picturesque Clutha River with 360° views. All rooms are spacious, beautifully appointed,...

31 Matheson Crescent, Wanaka

From $250 NZD

Friendly kiwi hosts Phil & Barbara welcome guests to their modern home in a quiet residential area of Wanaka. Lovely mountain views from...

120 Mount Iron Drive, Wanaka

From $117 NZD

PEAK Apartments is a fabulous portfolio of stylish apartments located in central Wanaka, adjacent to the new PEAK Function Centre.

You have the...

181-185 Upton St, Wanaka

From $220 NZD

Come and relax in the warmth and elegance of our new architecturally designed studio apartments offering stylish accommodation with an emphasis on privacy,...

42 Manuka Crescent, Wanaka

From $160 NZD

Maple Lodge is a new purpose built boutique Qualmark 5 star plus atmosphere set within the quiet surroundings of its own private 7-acre...

Halliday Road, Wanaka

From $195 NZD

Just 2km from central Wanaka, our self contained 1 bedroom apartment offers quality, affordable accommodation,peaceful setting and beautiful mountain views.
Set on an acre,...

147 Anderson Road, Wanaka

From $160 NZD

New Zealand architecture award winner. If you could design the perfect luxury holiday accommodation, would it include expansive glass windows to drink in...

, Wanaka

Friendly luxury B&B lodge and self-contained family cottages, a home away from home. Luxurious twin, king or super-king ensuite bedrooms with gourmet breakfast...

1 Homestead Close, Wanaka

From $180 NZD

Quiet, private yet central location situated at the gateway to paradise -15 self-contained ground floor units (Standard studios, larger, rustic studio chalets &...

64 Hedditch Street, Wanaka

From $105 NZD

Wanaka Bakpaka offers quality budget backpacker accommodation for the independent traveler. We are the only hostel in Wanaka located right on the lakeside...

117 Lakeside Road, Wanaka

From $29 NZD

Our Trip Advisor reviews say it all.
Cabins, Motels, Powered/ Un-powered campervan sites.
Situated in acres of park like grounds with stunning views of Mt...

Studholme Road North, Wanaka

From $50 NZD

This is possibly Wanaka's most unique luxury holiday home. Set on 60 acres of land, designated as an "area of outstanding beauty" it...

c/o Pauline & Derek Hope, Wanaka

From $500 NZD

With breathtaking views of Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps from nearly every room and only a short walk to Wanaka's amenities, including...

2/124 Lismore Street, Wanaka

From $295 NZD

Whare Kea offers private, luxury accommodation set on the shores of Lake Wanaka. The 6 room lakeside lodge and two bedroom cottage has...

"Rapid 494 Mt Aspiring Road,", Wanaka

From $575 NZD

Set on four scenic acres, our accommodation is spacious, private, serviced, self-contained or with bed & breakfast options.
The cottage, apartment, studios, all with...

23 Studholme Road South, Wanaka

From $160 NZD

Welcome to Lake Wanaka Apartments, Wanaka's SMART-STAY accommodation option where the longer you stay the less you pay! The apartments are privately owned,...

Cnr Cardrona Valley Rd and Studholme Road,, Wanaka

From $127 NZD