A lively town buzzing with a carefree spirit, Wanaka is the ultimate base for your South Island holiday. And it’s not just the picture-perfect location that makes it a magnet for those wanting a truly authentic New Zealand experience! Activities for kids, families, for the adventurous & extreme at heart, & for those seeking peace and relaxation – it’s all here & it’s all awesome!


Accommodation in Wanaka

From backpackers to luxury lodges, there are a range of different accommodation options to choose from in Wanaka.

  • Base Backpackers Wanaka Base Backpackers: Centrally located just a short walk to the shops, stores & restaurants in town, the Qualmark 5 Star Backpackers features both dormitory style & private rooms. Backpacker accommodation is great for those looking to save money & meet other travellers.

  • Te Wanaka Lodge Te Wanaka Lodge: Overlooking the shores of Lake Wanaka, guests can relax in rooms that have their own ensuite bathroom & private balcony. After a day on the slopes, guests can socialise with others in our lounges or relax in the hot tub.

    Edgewater Resort

  • Edgewater: Adjacent to the shore of Lake Wanaka is a resort which features self-contained facilities with studios, 1 & 2 bedroom suites. Guests can relax by the fire in the lounge while enjoying a glass of wine or dine at Sargoods Restaurant.

  • Oakridge Resort Wanaka Oakridge: Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka is a 4 star
    hotel set in a stunning mountain landscape offering majestic views overlooking the Southern Alps. The resort features heated rock pools, 7 hot tubs, gymnasium, sauna, the Sanctuary Day Spa & Restaurant to provide a unique and relaxing experience. Oakridge is located on the Cardrona Valley Road making it the ideal ski base.

  • Archway Motel WanakaArchway Motel: Relaxed, secluded, yet central location with sunny
    & spacious aspect of mountain, bush & garden views in a 0.8 hectare park-like setting. Unpack, settle in and stay a while using Archway as your base in Wanaka or the Southern Lakes region. Our aim is to provide a range of comfortable, well-appointed & equipped guest accommodation.

  • The Wanaka Hotel: The Wanaka Hotel offers accommodation in a The Wanaka Hotel great location right in the centre of town – only 1min walk to the lake & town centre. Guests can relax by the fire or take the short stroll into town to discover 1 of Wanaka’s many restaurants.

Restaurants in Wanaka

The Otago region is renowned for a selection of wines. Enjoy a glass of wine or a coffee at 1 of Wanaka’s several restaurants & cafes. There is a selection of different cuisines to sample from to enjoy the local flavours.

Getting to Cardrona

Located just a 35min drive to the mountain, skiers & snowboarders can enjoy the winter powder just a short drive away. Shuttles are available from town so that you don’t have to worry about the roads. Find more information about getting to the mountain.