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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.

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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 207 reviews

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

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TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

Based on 85 reviews

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 49 reviews

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...

263 Studholme Rd North, Wanaka

From $50 NZD

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TripAdvisor rating: 4.5

Based on 214 reviews

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

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 349 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 194 reviews

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 $165 NZD

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TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

Based on 115 reviews

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 $189 NZD

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TripAdvisor rating: 4.5

Based on 247 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

Based on 179 reviews

Te Wanaka Lodge is a contemporary European-style 13 room Bed & Breakfast , located in the heart of Wanaka Village. Te Wanaka Lodge...

23 Brownston St, Wanaka

From $175 NZD

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TripAdvisor rating: 4.5

Based on 189 reviews

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 $700 NZD

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TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

Based on 9 reviews

YHA Wanaka offers a choice of quality affordable accommodation, including multi-share and private rooms. Enjoy the use of our large fully equipped kitchen,...

94 Brownston St, Wanaka

From $27 NZD

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TripAdvisor rating: 4.5

Based on 185 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

Wake up to the birds singing in the trees and the amazing views, set on 50 acres of privately owned farm land in...

"964 Lake Hawea Albert Town Rd,", Wanaka

From $150 NZD

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TripAdvisor rating: 4.5

Based on 10 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

Based on 75 reviews

Alpine Resort Wanaka is nestled in a quiet location and enjoys wonderful mountain views from the apartments. The resort offers stylish, self-contained, serviced...

150 Anderson Road, Wanaka

From $179 NZD

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TripAdvisor rating: 4.5

Based on 147 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 114 reviews

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

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