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WanakaNew Zealand

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.

Top hotels in Wanaka

Edgewater
Edgewater
4.5 out of 5
54 Sargood Drive, Wanaka
The price is NZ$156 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.

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! (983 reviews)

"Fantastic property. Amazing views. Worth the extra money to stay there."…"

Reviewed on 12 Jan. 2021

Edgewater
Clearbrook Motels Wanaka
Clearbrook Motels Wanaka
4 out of 5
72 Helwick Street, corner Upton Street, Wanaka
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$140 per night from 11 Feb. to 12 Feb.

Located in the heart of Wanaka, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gallery Thirty Three and Lake Wanaka. Picture Lounge and Pembroke Park are also ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (262 reviews)

"The property was within easy walking distance of town, and provided good cooking facilities and a spacious clean room with suitable amenities."…"

Reviewed on 29 Dec. 2020

Clearbrook Motels Wanaka
Alpine Motel
Alpine Motel
3.5 out of 5
7 Ardmore Street, Wanaka
The price is NZ$109 per night from 5 Feb. to 6 Feb.

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! (424 reviews)

"Parking right outside room. Very friendly and informative booking in. Thoroughly enjoyed the proximity to the lake front and shops. Would highly recommend for good value."…"

Reviewed on 15 Jan. 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.

Holiday Rentals in Wanaka

Clearbrook Motels Wanaka
Clearbrook Motels Wanaka
4 out of 5
72 Helwick Street, corner Upton Street, Wanaka
The price is NZ$140 per night from 11 Feb. to 12 Feb.

Located in the heart of Wanaka, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gallery Thirty Three and Lake Wanaka. Picture Lounge and Pembroke Park are also ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (262 reviews)

"The property was within easy walking distance of town, and provided good cooking facilities and a spacious clean room with suitable amenities."…"

Reviewed on 29 Dec. 2020

Clearbrook Motels Wanaka
Alpine Motel
Alpine Motel
3.5 out of 5
7 Ardmore Street, Wanaka
The price is NZ$109 per night from 5 Feb. to 6 Feb.

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! (424 reviews)

"Parking right outside room. Very friendly and informative booking in. Thoroughly enjoyed the proximity to the lake front and shops. Would highly recommend for good value."…"

Reviewed on 15 Jan. 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 NZ$140 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.

Situated in the mountains, this aparthotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Rippon Vineyard and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Lake Wanaka. Crown Range and Pembroke Park are also within ...

4.4/5Excellent! (484 reviews)

"A little further out from the hustle and bustle of the town Centre, it is still within walking distance. Quiet, clean and comfortable. The bathrooms are a little dated, with bath tub/shower combo... so if you need a soak then this is for you. Lighting is dim requiring all lights to be turned on for ..."…"

Reviewed on 29 Dec. 2020

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.

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