Backpackers' lodges and youth hostels add character and flavour to your New Zealand travelling experience. If you're traveling with a pack on your back, there are several places to rest your head and share stories with like-minded people in Wanaka. A comfortable bed is just the beginning.
It's a customary challenge to New Zealanders to offer visitors the very best experience and welcome through the concept of manaakitanga. In most cases breakfast is included with lunches and dinners optional extras. This unpackaged, sociable-style accommodation brings you into the fold of our people and place and this is especially obvious when you are the guest of locals in Wanaka.
The tradition of a second home by the sea, river, forest or lake is strong in New Zealand. In the North Island the local word for holiday home is "bach" (pronounced "batch) while in the South Island they say "crib". Renting one of the many holiday homes in Wanaka is a great way to be self-sufficient and get into the Kiwi way of life.
Holiday parks are equipped to please a wide range of people for a minimal cost. Within an attractive landscaped setting they provide sites for tents, caravans and campervans. Many parks also have simple cabins, self-contained motel units and backpackers' lodges. Wanaka has a number of holiday parks ranging from those in town, beside the lake or set in the bush on the edge of Mt Aspiring National Park.
Hotels in Wanaka come in all shapes, sizes and personalities. From top international chains to smaller hotels that are memorable for their individuality or facilities in stunning locations, we have something to suit your level of luxury.
Always set in beautiful surroundings, Wanaka's lodges are small, intimate, welcoming establishments with between 4 and 20 rooms offering bed, breakfast and dinner. Your hosts local knowledge will add a whole other dimension to your holiday.
Motels are generally easy to find with usually a choice of studio, one, two and sometimes three bedroom units. Tea, coffee and sometimes cooking facilities are provided and most units have a television. Many Wanaka motels have swimming pools, spas, in-house video and laundry facilities.
Serviced apartments are a great option when you are staying in Wanaka. You can cook your own meals, do your own laundry and enjoy the feeling of having your own space while on holiday. Many are similar in price to a high quality hotel suite with daily or regular servicing.