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The Best Places to Stay in Wanaka, New Zealand

The Best Places to Stay in Wanaka, New Zealand

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Updated: 18 December 2017

If you’re planning a trip to the lovely New Zealand resort town Wanaka, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing your accommodation. There are plenty of great options around, ranging from low-cost backpacker hostels to boutique hotels that are known for their charm, hospitality and breathtaking vistas. Here are some of the area’s very best to get you inspired.

Edgewater Hotel

Edgewater Hotel enjoys a stunning lakefront location, with lush lawns and cycle paths that enable everyone to soak up those marvelous alpine vistas Wanaka is renowned for. Besides offering a selection of spacious studio rooms, one-bed suites and two-bed apartments, the hotel also features its own day spa, cafe, restaurant, specialist wedding services and conference function rooms.

Bella Vista Motel Wanaka

Bella Vista Wanaka is only a short stroll from the town’s best assets, from the shops and restaurants to the picturesque lakeside. The accommodation comes with free Wi-Fi and on-site parking, a ski drying room and lock-up garage for mountain bikes and motorcycles. Choose between shared studios, private one-bedroom units or interconnecting rooms if you’re travelling with a large group or your family.

Ramada Resort Wanaka

Set on a rural road just out of town, the Ramada Resort is a good choice for those wanting a quiet escape that doesn’t forgo convenience. Lake Wanaka is actually within a short walking distance, and the Cardrona Ski Field is just a 45-minute drive away. Contemporary studio rooms, a handful of apartment units and presidential suites, plus a wealth of entertainment facilities like a water slide, hot tub and BBQ area, makes this as great an option for those seeking some private relaxation as it is a good place for a fun holiday with family and friends.

Lakeside Apartments

If you’re searching for the ultimate luxurious experience, the Lakeside Apartments is going to be a treat. Whether you choose to stay in a poolside apartment downstairs or the opulent rooms with balconies upstairs, you’ll be greeted by spectacular views just about everywhere you go. Airport transfers, free wireless internet, board games and babysitting services are some of the additional features available upon request.

Wanaka Heights Motel

Wanaka Heights Motel is situated on a high rise that overlooks the township and offers some epic lake and mountain views. As well as being within close range to the town’s top restaurants and bars, the accommodation is also a convenient 30-minute drive from the ski fields. Solo travellers and couples will relish the studio units, which are fitted with queen- and king-size beds, while families get to embrace the full comfort of shared units — furnished with a combination of queen-size and single beds — that sleep up to five people.

Lake Wanaka Lodge

The Japanese-owned Lake Wanaka Lodge combines the serenity of its secluded residential location with its characteristic East-meets-West hospitality. You’ve got your pick of 10 rooms that are arranged over two floors and range from private deluxe rooms to adjoining king studios. Breakfast and dinner on these premises are a fusion of Western and Japanese flavours. A Jacuzzi spa in a cosy little garden adds another relaxing dimension to the entire experience.

The Moorings Wanaka

Set right across the shores of Lake Wanaka, The Moorings is revered for its lovely views, friendly hospitality and convenient location. There are two types of accommodation on offer there: the motel studios, which sleep up to three people, or the two- and three-bed apartments (ideal for those travelling in a group of five to six people). The studios are perfectly positioned to provide stunning views of the snowy mountains of Mt Aspiring National Park, and many of the apartments get their fair share of picturesque vistas too.

Oakridge Resort Wanaka

Oakridge Resort is one of those places that has all your holiday needs covered. The outdoor hot pools are an ideal pick-me-up after a wintry day out in the snow. The Sanctuary Day Spa is set to please those who are in desperate need to unwind, and the resort’s bar and restaurant have everything to keep you satisfied during a quiet night in. There are 173 rooms at this accommodation, with options ranging from comfortable single bedrooms to self-contained family apartments.