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!
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.
Don't forget to explore our Scenic Photo Points around town to see the most scenic places and take those great travel photos to share with the folks back home!
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.