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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.

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.

Search Wanaka accommodation options in Lake Wanaka

Search the listings below to find options to suit. Just click on a tab or 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

Wanaka makes the 'Top Three Kiwi Travellers Destinations'

Where do Kiwi's choose to holiday? The Lake Wanaka region of course! And why not? Everything is here, is easy to get to and is still an off the beaten track destination for those seeking a traditional Kiwi getaway.

Top 10 Walks in Mt Aspiring National Park

Mount Aspiring National Park is part of a World Heritage Area, and it's vast! With over 3,555 km² to explore where do you start? Wanaka is the ideal gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park and here are 10 must-do walks to get you started.

Foodie Friday - The Burger's the Star

Wanaka is spoiled for choice with great cafes, bars and restaurants but there are times when only a burger will do...

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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

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

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TripAdvisor rating: 4.5

Based on 269 reviews

Set on a tree-lined avenue, Wyndham Vacation Resort Wanaka offers a quiet, comfortable but refined base to enjoy the many delights of New...

109 Mt Aspiring Road, Wanaka

From $124 NZD

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TripAdvisor rating: 4.5

Based on 262 reviews

Edgewater lies right at the water’s edge of Lake Wanaka. It’s the perfect destination for guests to experience all that Central Otago’s four...

54 Sargood Drive, Wanaka

From $195 NZD

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TripAdvisor rating: 4.5

Based on 599 reviews

Overlooking the Hawea basin in a well-established rural setting, Mount Maude lodge provides bed and breakfast accommodation with a two bed-roomed guest wing....

964 Lake Hawea Albert Town Rd, Wanaka

From $150 NZD

Wanaka Haven offers the luxury of beautiful surroundings inside out with a chic décor and uninterrupted mountain views. Warm up to the cozy...

42 Halliday Road, Wanaka

From $245 NZD

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TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

Based on 84 reviews

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

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TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

Based on 230 reviews

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

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TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

Based on 137 reviews

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

Hosted by John and Glynis Seed, Wanaka Springs Lodge celebrates New Zealand culture and quirks with its décor and food. The Lodge combines...

21 Warren Street, Wanaka

From $295 NZD

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TripAdvisor rating: 4.5

Based on 109 reviews

Set on four scenic acres, with stunning mountain views, Alpine View Lodge offers something unique and special. Our studios are modern, spacious, warm...

23 Studholme Road South, Wanaka

From $180 NZD

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TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

Based on 210 reviews

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

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TripAdvisor rating: 4.0

Based on 102 reviews

Lakeside Apartments - the only luxurious, 5-star Qualmark hotel in the heart of Wanaka - is just a stone's throw from the beach.
The...

9 Lakeside Road, Wanaka

From $295 NZD

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TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

Based on 423 reviews

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

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TripAdvisor rating: 4.0

Based on 123 reviews

Lake Outlet Holiday Park is camping the way Kiwi families have taken to the great outdoors for generation!

Offering tranquility, seclusion and a wealth...

197 Outlet Road, Wanaka

From $15 NZD

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TripAdvisor rating: 4.5

Based on 71 reviews

Location, location, location!
Bella Vista Lake Wanaka invites visitors to experience its friendly service & modern motel units at competitive rates.
Our 18 unit...

2 Dunmore Street, Wanaka

From $120 NZD

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TripAdvisor rating: 4.5

Based on 324 reviews

Luxury accommodation in your own private villa.

You don’t move into this Luxury Lodge, you put it on like a Favourite Tailored Jacket.

On an...

155 Stone Street, Wanaka

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

Whare Kea appears to float on the edge of Lake Wanaka against the dramatic backdrop of the Southern Alps, providing the perfect private...

"Rapid 494 Mt Aspiring Road,", Wanaka

From $2875 NZD

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TripAdvisor rating: 4.5

Based on 49 reviews

A well located property overlooking the lake and mountains, just a short walk from the town centre. The moorings offers studio units and...

17 Lakeside Road, Wanaka

From $180 NZD