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Wanaka

Travel Guide
Lake Hawea showing a lake or waterhole and mountains

Nestled beneath a mountainous national park on the shores of beautiful Lake Wanaka, this resort town offers skiing in winter, water sports in summer and stunning scenery all year.

Wanaka, in the Otago region on New Zealand’s South Island, is a year-round hub of outdoor activities and breathtaking natural beauty. The lake town is set beneath Mount Aspiring National Park, which is part of the majestic Southern Alps. Come to this picturesque part of the country to hike, ski, fish and skydive, among other activities. Visit one of the acclaimed wineries nearby for those days when you just want to relax in the glorious outdoors.

Choose from ski slopes for every level of skier at Wanaka. Ski season runs from June to October, when you can enjoy 25 miles (50 kilometers) of cross-country ski area in the Mount Pisa ranges. Wanaka is an easy half-hour drive from Treble Cone, where you can test your skills on a vertical rise with stunning views over the lake. Shuttle buses run to the popular Cardrona slopes a little farther away.

During the warmer months the inviting waters of Lake Wanaka are a perfect spot for wakeboarding, sailing, waterskiing and trout fishing. Take a sailboat to Mou Waho Island, where you’ll be approached by New Zealand’s friendliest bird, the flightless weka. Hire a kayak or sailing boat to help you find a secluded beach along the lake’s shore.

Adrenaline junkies can take a jet boat tour, or go canyoning through forested waterfalls. Skydive over the lake and snow-capped peaks or take a scenic helicopter ride. Look for familiar scenes from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, as this area was used as a location during filming of the popular movie series.

Take a wine tour to taste the fare of several nearby vineyards. Enjoy incredible views as you sip your pinot noir. Sample some Lake Wanaka trout at the wide choice of restaurants or head to one of the bars for cocktails by the fire.

Great attractions for families include the Wanaka National Transport and Toy Museum and Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World.

Wanaka is a 60-minute drive from Queenstown. Catch a shuttle bus or hire a car. Tour operators organise ski and adventure packages that make getting around easy.

Lake Wanaka Lodge
Lake Wanaka Lodge
4 out of 5
24 Tenby Street East, Wanaka
The price is $100 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Situated in Wanaka, this golf inn is within a 10-minute walk of Gallery Thirty Three and Lake Wanaka. Picture Lounge and Pembroke Park are also within 10 ...
4.2/5Very Good! (362 reviews)
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Reviewed on May 4, 2021

Lake Wanaka Lodge
Edgewater
Edgewater
4.5 out of 5
54 Sargood Drive, Wanaka
The price is $128 per night from Aug 5 to Aug 5
Located in Wanaka, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk, 1 mi (1.6 km) from Rippon Vineyard, and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Lake Wanaka. Crown Range and Pembroke ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (987 reviews)
"The room was simple but the lakeside view was amazing. Also the heater and the wooden floors in the toilet made a lot of difference."

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2021

Edgewater
Ramada Resort by Wyndham Wanaka
Ramada Resort by Wyndham Wanaka
4 out of 5
109 Mount Aspiring Road, Lake Wanaka, Wanaka
The price is $124 per night from Aug 5 to Aug 5
Situated in the mountains, this eco-friendly aparthotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Rippon Vineyard and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Lake Wanaka. Crown Range and Pembroke Park ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (472 reviews)
"Very nice staff, easy parking. The room was clean and had great amenities. The ceiling of the room did make a lot of creaking sounds at night due to the wind and the rain, which was concerning."

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

Ramada Resort by Wyndham Wanaka
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Alpine Motel
Alpine Motel
3.5 out of 5
7 Ardmore Street, Wanaka
The price is $80 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
This family-friendly Wanaka apartment building is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Wanaka Golf Club and Lake Wanaka. Pembroke Park and Gallery ...
4.4/5Excellent! (422 reviews)
"Very convenient location, tidy and clean apartment. Kitchen is a bit out-dated, but everything else is flash. Particularly amazed with spacious and modern bathroom. Owners are very helpful and full of understanding. All of this for a very reasonable price. This place will be on top of the list for ..."

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

Alpine Motel
Ramada Resort by Wyndham Wanaka
Ramada Resort by Wyndham Wanaka
4 out of 5
109 Mount Aspiring Road, Lake Wanaka, Wanaka
The price is $124 per night from Aug 5 to Aug 5
Situated in the mountains, this eco-friendly aparthotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Rippon Vineyard and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Lake Wanaka. Crown Range and Pembroke Park ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (472 reviews)
"Very nice staff, easy parking. The room was clean and had great amenities. The ceiling of the room did make a lot of creaking sounds at night due to the wind and the rain, which was concerning."

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

Ramada Resort by Wyndham Wanaka
Distinction Wanaka Serviced Apartments
Distinction Wanaka Serviced Apartments
4 out of 5
144-154 Anderson Road, Wanaka
The price is $197 per night from Aug 5 to Aug 5
Situated in Wanaka, this luxury aparthotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Wanaka Golf Club and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Lake Wanaka. Gallery Thirty Three and Picture Lounge ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (659 reviews)
"great place to stay, spacious appartments with attached garaging."

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

Distinction Wanaka Serviced Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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