Wanaka

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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 50 kilometres (25 miles) 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.

Wanaka Hotel
Wanaka Hotel
3 out of 5
71 Ardmore Street, Wanaka, 9343
The price is NZ$157 per night from 14 Sep. to 15 Sep.
Stay at this 3-star ski hotel in Wanaka. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value in their ...
3.9/5 Good! (476 reviews)
When you need a convenient location in Wanaka
"The room was tidy and clean. Though noise of people moving/walking from the upstair room above can be heard specially early in the morning and during the night. The location at the heart of Wanaka central is very ideal for short walks to shops, groceries, restaurants and beach front plus a free parking ..."

Reviewed on 5 Aug. 2022

Wanaka Hotel
Distinction Wanaka Alpine Resort
Distinction Wanaka Alpine Resort
4 out of 5
144-154 Anderson Road, Wanaka, 9305
The price is NZ$299 per night from 7 Sep. to 8 Sep.
Stay at this 4-star luxury aparthotel in Wanaka. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the property condition ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (666 reviews)
"Great tidy accomodation"

Reviewed on 26 Jun. 2022

Distinction Wanaka Alpine Resort
Edgewater
Edgewater
4.5 out of 5
54 Sargood Drive, Wanaka, 9305
The price is NZ$255 per night from 1 Sep. to 2 Sep.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Wanaka. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (998 reviews)
"Edgewater is sited at lake edge, with beautiful walking tracks in both directions along the lake side. Sweeping lawns and welcoming landscaping make this property an ideal choice for a relaxing family holiday."

Reviewed on 31 Jul. 2022

Edgewater
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, 9305
The price is NZ$160 per night from 14 Sep. to 15 Sep.
Stay at this 3.5-star golf aparthotel in Wanaka. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the comfy beds in their reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (454 reviews)
"It was a lovely little motel, Derek answered every question we had immediately and was very impressed when at night he went around to all the cars and placed towels on your windscreen so in the morning you did not have to fight the ice before you could drive your car, a little detail that made life ..."

Reviewed on 7 Jul. 2022

Alpine Motel
Distinction Wanaka Alpine Resort
Distinction Wanaka Alpine Resort
4 out of 5
144-154 Anderson Road, Wanaka, 9305
The price is NZ$299 per night from 7 Sep. to 8 Sep.
Stay at this 4-star luxury aparthotel in Wanaka. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the property condition ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (666 reviews)
"Great tidy accomodation"

Reviewed on 26 Jun. 2022

Distinction Wanaka Alpine Resort
Clearbrook Motels Wanaka
Clearbrook Motels Wanaka
4 out of 5
72 Helwick Street, corner Upton Street, Wanaka, 9305
The price is NZ$240 per night from 11 Sep. to 12 Sep.
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Wanaka. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the WiFi and the comfy rooms in their reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (280 reviews)
"Great location, clean, friendly and good communication. Highly recommended."

Reviewed on 24 Jul. 2022

Clearbrook Motels 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.

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