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.

Edgewater
Edgewater
4.5 out of 5
54 Sargood Drive, Wanaka
The price is NZ$178 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
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 ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (993 reviews)
"Lovely place to stay. Large and well fitted out. Wonderful views."

Reviewed on 15 Aug. 2021

Edgewater
Club Wyndham Wanaka, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Club Wyndham Wanaka, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
4 out of 5
109 Mount Aspiring Road, Lake Wanaka, Wanaka
The price is NZ$180 per night from 14 Dec. to 14 Dec.
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 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (476 reviews)
"Great property! Perfect for families, close to town, friendly helpful staff! We highly recommend a stay here!"

Reviewed on 13 Oct. 2021

Club Wyndham Wanaka, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Lakeside Apartments
Lakeside Apartments
5 out of 5
9 Lakeside Road, Wanaka
The price is NZ$392 per night from 20 Dec. to 20 Dec.
Located near the slopes, this Wanaka apartment building is situated in the city centre, within 1 mile (2 km) of Gallery Thirty Three and Lake Wanaka, and is ...
5/5 Exceptional! (171 reviews)
Book it now!
"Can’t say enough good things about this apartment. The location was very convenient, the apartment was immaculate, and the service was second to none. They really went above and beyond to help us out. Quit reading any more reviews and book this place now!"

Reviewed on 9 Mar. 2020

Lakeside 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.
Club Wyndham Wanaka, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Club Wyndham Wanaka, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
4 out of 5
109 Mount Aspiring Road, Lake Wanaka, Wanaka
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 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (476 reviews)
"Great property! Perfect for families, close to town, friendly helpful staff! We highly recommend a stay here!"

Reviewed on 13 Oct. 2021

Club Wyndham Wanaka, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Lakeside Apartments
Lakeside Apartments
5 out of 5
9 Lakeside Road, Wanaka
Located near the slopes, this Wanaka apartment building is situated in the city centre, within 1 mile (2 km) of Gallery Thirty Three and Lake Wanaka, and is ...
5/5 Exceptional! (171 reviews)
Book it now!
"Can’t say enough good things about this apartment. The location was very convenient, the apartment was immaculate, and the service was second to none. They really went above and beyond to help us out. Quit reading any more reviews and book this place now!"

Reviewed on 9 Mar. 2020

Lakeside Apartments
Alpine Motel
Alpine Motel
3.5 out of 5
7 Ardmore Street, Wanaka
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 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (428 reviews)
"There was a kids area and also a bbq area and this motels location was perfect for us"

Reviewed on 26 Oct. 2021

Alpine Motel
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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