Lake Wanaka


Lake Wanaka is the perfect place to go kayaking, hiking or biking; Wanaka is the most beautifully set of the South Island lakes so you'll want to explore the outdoors.

The lakeside town of Wanaka can provide you with an appealing mix of fine living, family fun and adventure. It has a high concentration of cafes, restaurants and interesting shops. It’s obvious that the Wanaka district is nicely obsessed with aviation.

At the airport you can arrange to go flightseeing or sky diving, and every two years the town hosts a spectacular air show, Warbirds over Wanaka, revolving around classic military aircraft. Classed as one of the best warbird shows in the world it features historic aircraft, RNZAF jets, aerobatic formations and helicopters.

Winter is a busy time in Wanaka, as snow sports fans flock here for the excellent skiing and snowboarding. Local snow venues include Treble Cone, Cardrona, Snow Park and Snow Farm. Wanaka is also a handy base if you want to hike or climb in Mount Aspiring National Park.

Functional facts: Approx. population 5040,i-SITE Visitor Centre, wide range of accommodation.

Nearby towns: Cromwell (47 mins), Arrowtown (48 mins), Queenstown (60 mins)

Content courtesy of Tourism NZ

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Albert Town Lodge - Accommodation in Albert Town New Zealand
9.60 47 Reviews
Albert Town
Alpine Motel - Accommodation in Wanaka New Zealand
7.60 267 Reviews
Just 5 minutes' walk from Wanaka's town centre, Alpine Motel offers self-contained accommodation with free Wi-Fi and free parking. All accommodation offers satellite TV and a well-equipped kitchen or kitchenette. Guests can enjoy an outdoor meal in the BBQ area which offers seating and ... (more)
Alpine Resort Wanaka - Accommodation in Wanaka New Zealand
8.50 281 Reviews
Alpine Resort Wanaka offers luxury apartment accommodation in Wanaka. Accommodation available consists of self-contained luxury 1, 2 & 3 bedroom serviced townhouse style apartments and 5 bedroom villas. All come with fully equipped designer kitchen, microwave, oven, freezer, ensuite with s... (more)
Alpine View Lodge - Accommodation in Wanaka New Zealand
9.10 201 Reviews
off Cardrona Valley Road, Wanaka
Set on 4 scenic acres Alpine View Lodge offers you something unique and special. With its stunning mountain views and varied accommodation, Alpine View is the ideal destination for your stay in Wanaka, with its all year round activities. Only 2.5km away from beautiful Lake Wanaka and town ... (more)
Altamont Lodge - Accommodation in Wanaka New Zealand
9.30 141 Reviews
Featuring a hot tub and BBQ facilities, Altamont Lodge is just 1 km from Lake Wanaka. You can relax by the fireplace in the guest lounge, or enjoy a meal in the communal kitchen and dining area.Altamont Lodge Wanaka is 5 minutes’ drive from Wanaka Golf Course, and 7 minutes’ drive from Puz... (more)
Anderson Apartment - Accommodation in Wanaka New Zealand
10.00 2 Reviews
Anderson Apartment is a luxury serviced apartment with all the modern conveniences in beautiful Wanaka. This two bedroom apartment is self contained and perfect for couples or families wanting a quiet location a five minute drive from the centre of Wanaka and close to the Lake. You h... (more)
Aoturoa - Accommodation in Queensberry New Zealand
9.80 8 Reviews
Situated between Queenstown and Lake Wanaka, Aoturoa Luxury Villa is a five star boutique lodge offering quiet seclusion and understated luxury accommodation on 50 acres of grounds on the banks of the Clutha River. With 360-degree mountain views and barely a building in sight, the feeling ... (more)
Apartment on Anderson - Accommodation in Wanaka New Zealand
Anderson Apartments provide luxury serviced self-contained 2-bedroom or 3-bedroom accommodation in an alpine resort. You have access to all the resort facilities including the outdoor hot tub, swimming pool, tennis courts, table tennis, gym and more. The quiet location is only a five-mi... (more)
Apollo Lodge and Apartment Wanaka - Accommodation in Wanaka New Zealand
10.00 1 Reviews
Apollo Holiday Accommodation is proud to be a family friendly accommodation provider and offers a choice of modern self-contained Wanaka lodgings for visitors staying in this beautiful part of the South Island of New Zealand. Guests have a choice of a two bedroom apartment which can sleep ... (more)
Archway Motels & Chalets - Accommodation in Wanaka New Zealand
8.30 188 Reviews
Reece, Wanaka
Archway Motels & Chalets offers quiet and secluded accommodation, only 200 metres from Lake Wanaka. Set on 2 acres of gardens featuring native trees, tulips, roses and fruit trees, the spacious grounds include a covered BBQ area with picnic tables. Guests receive 100 MB of free Wi-Fi per s... (more)
Aspiring Holiday Park & Motels - Accommodation in Wanaka New Zealand
7.90 421 Reviews
Powered/unpowered sites. Cabins and motels.Enjoy free wireless internet, spas & sauna.50+ Sky TV and DVD. Courtesy coach. Log fire in winter, drying room, wax room.Competitive seasonal rates.... (more)
Aspiring Lodge Motel - Accommodation in Wanaka New Zealand
8.50 142 Reviews
Featuring panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, Aspiring Lodge Motel offers accommodation with a balcony offering partial lake views or a private courtyard. Located right in the centre of Wanaka, this motel is a 30-minute drive from the Cardrona and Treble Cone ski fields. Lake ... (more)
ASURE Brookvale Motel - Accommodation in Wanaka New Zealand
7.80 176 Reviews
ASURE BrookVale Motel is located in the alpine town of Wanaka in Otago. It has 6 studios and 4 family units that guests can choose from.Wanaka is located in the Queenstown-Lakes District and within two hours' from Queenstown. Hiking enthusiasts can take an excursion in Mt Aspiring National... (more)
Base Wanaka - Accommodation in Wanaka New Zealand
8.50 363 Reviews
BASE Wanaka offers dorm-style rooms and private guest rooms in the center of Wanaka. The hostel is only 2 blocks from the lake and close to many local shops, cafes and supermarkets. This backpackers offers modern and comfortable dormitory style accommodations, including special female-o... (more)
Bayview Motel - Accommodation in Wanaka New Zealand
8.00 22 Reviews
Situated in acres of lawns and gardens with stunning views of Lake Wanaka and the surrounding mountains, Bayview Motel is located about 2km from the centre of Lake Wanaka township. All apartments are very spacious with large lounges. Stay in touch with 24 hour UNLIMITED WiFi. All lo... (more)
Beacon Lodge - Accommodation in Wanaka New Zealand
9.70 188 Reviews
Set on a 1 acre boutique vineyard, Beaconfield B&B offers free Wi-Fi and gourmet breakfast. Each luxurious room features a patio offering stunning lake and mountain views. There is a guest lounge with a movie projector and a stereo system. Beaconfield Bed & Breakfast is just 4 minutes’ ... (more)
Bella Vista Motel Lake Wanaka - Accommodation in Wanaka New Zealand
8.70 465 Reviews
Bella Vista Lake Wanaka is located in a quiet street in the heart of Wanaka. The motel is only 160 yards away from the lake and within easy walking distance there are many restaurants, cafes and wine bars. The rooms at the Bella Vista are fully-serviced, with heating and electric blanke... (more)
Bellbird Cottage Lake Hawea - Accommodation in Lake Hawea New Zealand
10.00 1 Reviews
Lake Hawea
Our modern self- contained cottage is situated in beautiful Lake Hawea village, surrounded by majestic mountains. We are just 12 kilometres from Lake Wanaka and in the centre of the Lakes District of Central Otago. We are located about 30 minutes from two major ski fields - Treble Cone and... (more)
Best Western Belvedere Luxury Apartments - Accommodation in Wanaka New Zealand
8.40 70 Reviews
Best Western Belvedere Luxury Apartments opened in November 2006. Located in Warren Street, Wanaka, close to town, only minutes walk from the Wanaka main shopping centre, restaurants and the lake front. Belvedere is Qualmark rated 4 Star and has 20 luxury 2 bedroom apartments, 2 three b... (more)
Black Peak View - Accommodation in Wanaka New Zealand
9.70 16 Reviews
We welcome you to our European style, architecturally designed home set on a peaceful, one acre, rural residential section, just 2km from the centre and main lakefront of Wanaka. We look out on an impressive mountain skyline which includes Mount Roy, Treble Cone Ski Area and of course the ... (more)
Buchanan Lodge - Accommodation in Glendhu Bay New Zealand
Glendhu Bay
Why not live the ultimate dream and relax in this stunningly beautiful corner of the South Island of New Zealand. Situated in an idyllic spot, Buchanan Lodge provides a boutique lodge that is in a class of its own. Buchanan Lodge is built in a traditional local style out of natural mate... (more)
Clearbrook Motel & Serviced Apartments - Accommodation in Wanaka New Zealand
8.70 216 Reviews
Clearbrook Motel and serviced apartments is located in Wanaka in Central Otago.It has 14 private apartments ranging from studio and 1-2-3brm apartments and two self-contained holiday homes that guests can choose from. It has a full kitchen, central heating and heated ski locker facilities ... (more)
Criffel Peak View Bed & Breakfast - Accommodation in Wanaka New Zealand
9.70 184 Reviews
Criffel Peak View B&B and Apartment is 800 metres from the Roys Bay (Lake Wanaka) and the town centre. It offers an open plan shared lounge, free parking on site and free Wi-Fi access.Criffel Peak View Wanaka is a 5-minute drive from Puzzling World Wanaka and a 10-minute walk from Wanaka G... (more)
Edgewater - Accommodation in Wanaka New Zealand
9.00 538 Reviews
Rippon Lea, Wanaka
Edgewater is located on the edge of Lake Wanaka, only 2 km from Wanaka town centre. The property offers picturesque lake views, a day spa, a sauna and a tennis court.The hotel has a restaurant and a café, both offering lake views. Guests can enjoy great New Zealand cuisine and a wide range... (more)
Fairway Motel & Apartments - Accommodation in Wanaka New Zealand
8.70 130 Reviews
Fairway Motel and Apartments offer self-contained accommodation within a 10-minute walk from Lake Wanaka town. Features include an outdoor swimming pool and BBQ facilities. Guests enjoy 1-hour of free Wi-Fi per day. All rooms at the Fairway Motel have a well-equipped kitchen and satelli... (more)
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  • Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
    Sat 18 Aug 2018 6:00PM / Charity, Fundraisers
    The evening will be an extravaganza of entertainment, with food, fun, live music and lots more! Dress will be formal for Wanaka’s very own ball, see our poster for more details. more
  • Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
    Thu 30 Aug 2018 5:45PM / Mind & Body
    Come along to this Taste Night and try some of the tasty recipes from the Taste Success nutrition programme. Programme written by a Naturopath and Nutritionist with all of the recipes being refined-sugar and gluten ... more
  • Plunket Rooms, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
    Thu 1 Sep 2016 6:00PM / Mind & Body
    HU is a sacred sound and ancient mantra, that can uplift your life. Singing HU provides a sense of calm, strength, and centeredness. Come and experience chanting HU and enjoy spiritual conversation with others of ... more
  • Mount Aspiring College, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
    Mon 10 Sep 2018 7:30PM / Mind & Body
    Kate from The Holistic Nutritionist and Jess from Taste Success with Jess invite you to a fun and informative workshop where you can learn how to easily make traditional superfoods at home. Workshop will include: - ... more
  • Shotover Primary School Community Hall, Queenstown
    Thu 16 Aug 2018 7:30PM / Climbing
    Join Shotover Primary School FOS (Friends of School) for an evening with Mark Inglis. Mark began work as a professional mountaineer in Mount Cook National Park in 1979. A Search and Rescue Mountaineer, in November ... more
  • Coronet Peak Ski Area, Queenstown
    Fri 10 Aug 2018 5:45PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Heidi's dinners are back in 2018. We keep it aligned with Heidi's Alpine roots with a Northern Italian influence running through the menu. Utilising local free range produce with a focus on limiting food mileage as much ... more
  • Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall, Arrowtown, Queenstown Lakes
    Thu 23 Aug 2018 7:30PM / Theatre
    Driven to the brink by the infidelity of his wife and a lack of acting opportunities, an aging thespian confronts his demons in what he hopes will be a final ‘dark night of the soul’. The problem is, his demons are ... more
  • Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall, Arrowtown, Queenstown Lakes
    Wed 29 Aug 2018 8:00PM / Theatre
    “Crazy” is a Rock and Roll Theatre musical that explores the plight of Mirabelle, an ordinary woman, who when faced with a series of tragedies finds her mental state unravelling. She winds up in Ward 12, the mental ... more
  • Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall, Arrowtown, Queenstown Lakes
    Wed 12 Sep 2018 7:30PM / Theatre
    ‘Away’ is a multi-award winning play and regarded as one of Australasia’s greatest modern classics. It is the summer of 1967-1968 and 3 families from very different social backgrounds head for the coast to get ... more
  • Akarua Wines and Kitchen by Artisan, Arrowtown, Queenstown Lakes
    Fri 7 Sep 2018 12:00PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Join us for a relaxed lunch at the famous and lovingly restored cottage at Akarua Wines and Kitchen by Artisan, located a short distance out of Arrowtown. Enjoy tasting a sample of premium Central Otago wines from ... more
  • Gibbston Valley Winery, Queenstown
    Tue 4 Sep 2018 11:30AM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Enjoy a relaxed lunch at the famous Gibbston Valley Winery. Located in the stunning Central Otago countryside, take a mid-week break from Queenstown’s crowds and try Gibbston’s award-winning wine and food, with a ... more
  • The Remarkables Ski Area, Queenstown
    Sat 1 Sep 2018 8:00AM / Ski, Snow, Winter Sports
    Get this 4 day mountain ski / board pass for Remarkables - and enjoy our free Winter Pride mountain guides, a pride zone at the Remarkables Base building and cafe, with DJ/Live music, and early apres with our Gay Ski ... more
  • The Remarkables Ski Area, Queenstown
    Sun 2 Sep 2018 8:00AM / Ski, Snow, Winter Sports
    Learning to ski or board? Get 8 lessons over 4 days on The Remarkables. Enjoy Winter Pride '18 Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday (official Remarkables Winter Pride Festival Days) and Friday on the Mountain. - 4 Day lift ... more
  • Queenstown Airport, Queenstown
    Fri 14 Sep 2018 7:00AM / Public Talks & Tours
    17-day New Zealand photography tour capturing some of the country’s best untouched wilderness and the Te Wahipounamu world heritage area. This tour will be lead with Richard Young along with three other top New ... more
  • Sherwood, Queenstown
    Tue 4 Sep 2018 7:00PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    This is a truly special Queenstown classic. And it is a place that you will definitely find locals in, brought to you as part of the Ending HIV Pride Party Series. The Sherwood culinary team specializes in fresh, ... more
  • Queenstown Memorial Centre, Queenstown
    Sat 8 Sep 2018 9:00PM / Festivals
    The Official Closing Party of Winter Pride / Gay Ski Week QT 2018, brought to you as part of the Ending HIV Pride Party Series. Strap on your gravity boots and start planning your sexy space suits – the official ... more
  • Queenstown Memorial Centre, Queenstown
    Sat 15 Sep 2018 6:00PM / Film
    The New Zealand premiere of The Night of the AdEaters is coming to town - Ads so good we made them the main course! This is an evening like nothing you’ve experienced before! Spend an evening watching nothing but ... more
  • The Club, Queenstown
    Tue 4 Sep 2018 8:00PM / Cabaret, Burlesque
    Join us for an intimate evening of burlesque performance at Queenstown's "The Club", brought to you as part of the Ending HIV Pride Party Series. Join us for drinks and a dynamic night of burlesque and ... more
  • The World Bar, Queenstown
    Sat 1 Sep 2018 8:30PM / Bar DJs
    Come and join us for the Winter Pride / GSWQT Opening Party @ TWO adjoining venues: The World Bar and Yonder, brought to you as part of the Ending HIV Pride Party Series. And if you would like to include dinner in ... more
  • Loco, Queenstown
    Fri 14 Sep 2018 8:00PM / Reggae
    Hot on the heels of their 5th studio album release ‘LEGACY’, Katchafire hit New Zealand for their annual winter tour with 11 shows in August and September. The latest offering from the band has seen them hit no.1 on ... more
  • Vinyl Underground, Queenstown
    Thu 6 Sep 2018 10:30PM / Socials, Singles, Balls
    This year, Sydney Sauna presents URGE Underwear in Queenstown for Winter Pride '18, brought to you as part of the Ending HIV Pride Party Series. The infamous Urge party aimed at gay men is heading to the South Island ... more
  • Loco, Queenstown
    Fri 7 Sep 2018 9:00PM / Bar DJs
    The massive Leather & Lace Party is back by popular demand this Winter Pride / Gay Ski Week QT 2018, 1 - 8 September 2018, NZ, brought to you as part of the ENDING HIV PRIDE PARTY SERIES.. Sold out in 2017, this year we ... more
  • SKYCITY Queenstown, Queenstown
    Sun 2 Sep 2018 6:30PM / Socials, Singles, Balls
    Flying solo to Gay Ski Week QT this year? Speed Dating is back. Here is your opportunity to strike gold in more ways than one at SKYCITY Queenstown! Here are the details on how YOU can find your Perfect Match, ... more
  • The Station Information Centre, Queenstown
    Sun 2 Sep 2018 9:45AM / Adventure, Extreme
    Come join us for our premier off-mountain adventure: Shotover Pride Jetboat rides. Enjoy the thrlll of rushing through narrow gorges and gullies on the stunning Shotover River. Pre-bookings for these sessions ... more
  • SKYCITY Queenstown, Queenstown
    Thu 6 Sep 2018 8:00PM / Festivals
    This is a returning event with glitz and glamour and the fabulous host, Miss. Ribena. This is a regular favourite. Sing, drink and enjoy to your heart's content. Pop along to SKYCITY Queenstown casino for a ... more
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