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Lake Wanaka

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Lake Wanaka featuring a lake or waterhole, landscape views and a sandy beach

Enjoy gorgeous hiking trails and deserted beaches at this pristine lake with the magnificent backdrop of the Southern Alps.

Stroll past cascading waterfalls and view towering glaciers at Lake Wanaka. Cruise across the tranquil, dark water and unwind in the sun on empty lakeside beaches.

Lake Wanaka spans an area of 74 square miles (192 square kilometers) nestled at the foot of the Southern Alps. Although the nearby alpine resorts of Cardrona and Treble Cone are known for their winter sports, Lake Wanaka remains a hive of activity throughout the year.

Set off along miles of walking paths that weave through dense forestland on the edge of Lake Wanaka. You can also rent bikes from Wanaka town. A ride around the whole lake takes around 3 hours and you will find several other connecting trails in the area.

Climb to the top of the Mount Iron Track for superb panoramic views or follow the Rob Roy Glacier Path, where you can marvel at glaciers and waterfalls that cascade down sheer cliff faces.

Sandy beaches line much of Lake Wanaka and fishing is a popular activity from the shore. Catch salmon and trout and barbecue the fish at the facilities dotted along the shoreline. Take a dip in the cool water before your dinner of fresh fish.

If you are keen to get out on the lake, you can rent kayaks and canoes in town. A more luxurious option is to spend a few hours exploring the lake by speedboat. Stop at the small tree-covered islands to spot rare indigenous birds and discover your very own secluded beach.

There is a range of accommodation options available in the town of Wanaka. There are also plenty of shops and some excellent restaurants in town.

Lake Wanaka is an hour’s drive north of Queenstown along scenic mountain roads. Be aware that the roads around Lake Wanaka are icy during the winter and snow chains are essential if you are driving.

619 Cheap Hotels Near Lake Wanaka

Hawea Hotel
Hawea Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1 Capell Avenue, Wanaka, Lake Hawea
The price is NZ$150 per night from 26 Jul. to 26 Jul.
Situated on a lake, this hotel is 1.8 mi (3 km) from Lake Hawea and within 9 miles (15 km) of Lake Wanaka and Mount Iron Lookout. Puzzling World and Wanaka Lavender ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (290 reviews)
"Very lovely room, clean and tidy. Heaters were on when we arrived so room was toasty warm. One thing to note it is a hotel so no breakfast making facilities in the rooms. I.e no bowls, plates or toaster as they provide breakfast at restaurant. So best to bring your own dishes. Other than that was ..."

Reviewed on 15 Jul. 2021

Hawea Hotel
Edgewater
Edgewater
4.5 out of 5
54 Sargood Drive, Wanaka
The price is NZ$198 per night from 7 Aug. to 7 Aug.
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! (985 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 15 Jul. 2021

Edgewater
Distinction Wanaka Serviced Apartments
Distinction Wanaka Serviced Apartments
4 out of 5
144-154 Anderson Road, Wanaka
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 3 May 2021

Distinction Wanaka Serviced Apartments
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Top Lake Wanaka Hotel & Accommodation Deals

The Camp - Lake Hawea
The Camp - Lake Hawea
2 out of 5
1208 Makarora-Hawea Road State Highway 6, Albert Town
The price is NZ$126 per night from 26 Jul. to 26 Jul.
The Camp - Lake Hawea
Edgewater
Edgewater
4.5 out of 5
54 Sargood Drive, Wanaka
The price is NZ$198 per night from 7 Aug. to 7 Aug.
Edgewater
Hawea Hotel
Hawea Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1 Capell Avenue, Wanaka, Lake Hawea
The price is NZ$150 per night from 26 Jul. to 26 Jul.
Hawea Hotel
Distinction Wanaka Serviced Apartments
Distinction Wanaka Serviced Apartments
4 out of 5
144-154 Anderson Road, Wanaka
Distinction Wanaka Serviced Apartments
Lake Wanaka Lodge
Lake Wanaka Lodge
4 out of 5
24 Tenby Street East, Wanaka
The price is NZ$165 per night from 3 Aug. to 3 Aug.
Lake Wanaka Lodge
Ramada Resort by Wyndham Wanaka
Ramada Resort by Wyndham Wanaka
4 out of 5
109 Mount Aspiring Road, Lake Wanaka, Wanaka
The price is NZ$205 per night from 26 Jul. to 26 Jul.
Ramada Resort by Wyndham Wanaka
Lake Hawea Lakefront Cabin
Lake Hawea Lakefront Cabin
9 Flora Dora Parade, Lake Hawea, Otago
The price is NZ$171 per night from 26 Jul. to 26 Jul.
Lake Hawea Lakefront Cabin
Lakefront Bellevue, Wanaka , South Island, New Zealand
Lakefront Bellevue, Wanaka , South Island, New Zealand
10 Capell Ave, Lake Hawea, Otago
The price is NZ$525 per night from 26 Jul. to 26 Jul.
Lakefront Bellevue, Wanaka , South Island, New Zealand
Hawea Hostel
Hawea Hostel
2 out of 5
1 Capell Ave, Lake Hawea
Hawea Hostel
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.