The Best Hotels in Wanaka for Every Traveller

Whether you want to rest or play, the beautiful lakeside town of Wanaka has all you need
Whether you want to rest or play, the beautiful lakeside town of Wanaka has all you need | Courtesy of Wanaka Haven / Expedia
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30 January 2021

You’ll be spoiled for choice when choosing your accommodation in the New Zealand’s resort town of Wanaka. There are plenty of great options around – ranging from low-cost backpacker hostels to boutique hotels, which are known for their charm and breathtaking views. Culture Trip curates nine of the best.

Mahu Whenua

Eco-Lodge
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Rustic chic is a trend at the eco-friendly lodge-style homes of Mahu Whenua (meaning ‘healing the land’). Think chandeliers hanging from wooden beams, outdoor log fireplaces and fluffy scattered throws. But the highlight? Mountains, valleys, alpine lakes and forests stretch for as far as the eye can see from each room’s freestanding bathtub. The owners are also dedicated to sustainable farming practices, extensive plant regeneration and a native bird breeding programme, plus all food is prepared by an innovative chef, who uses only local ingredients.
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Whare Kea Lodge and Chalet

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Whare Kea Lodge and Chalet
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Stay at this stylish glass-panelled mountain chalet for its location, just a stone’s throw from Lake Wanaka. Inside, you’ll find timeless furnishings and decor, while there’s a billiard and games room, a piano, a bar, an open fire and several bright spaces to enjoy. End your day with a dip in the outdoor hot tub, set to a backdrop of the Southern Alps, and get cosy by the chiminea.

theloft@hiddenhills

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These private loft apartments, quite literally hidden in the hills, run with a contemporary vibe and favour plush furnishings. Lush-green hills surround the property, so hop on the hotel’s bike and spend your time exploring. The landscaped courtyard and gardens are ideal for barbecues and soaking up the sun – though there’s also a balcony to catch those first morning rays.
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Tin Tub Luxury Lodge

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Tin Tub is every bit the luxury lodge it claims to be, with an impressive list of facilities. An open sun terrace, a pool that lights up at night, a large garden and freestanding private bathtubs – need we say more? All provide exceptional views over Lake Wanaka and the snowy mountains beyond. Inside, wooden beams frame rustic stone walls and huge windows flood rooms with light. Owners Trish and Barry will be up early each morning to prepare a homemade breakfast – and they’ll even take you skiing in winter, or wine tasting and walking any time of the year.

Wanaka Haven

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Wanaka Haven
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Wanaka Haven, as the name suggests, is the place to go if you’re after a peaceful retreat enveloped by natural beauty. There is a homely, cosy aesthetic thanks to grand fireplaces, plush seating and cushions, as well as geo-thermal underfloor heating. Outside, you’ll feel immersed in the scenery while swimming in the outdoor heated pool, or chilling by the outdoor stone fireplace for an evening under the stars. The hotel’s impressive wine collection is another reason to stay here – all are made, bottled and aged in the Central Otago wine-growing region.
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  • Edgewater Hotel

    Boutique Hotel
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    Edgewater Hotel
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    Keen cyclist? Edgewater Hotel, boasting an enviable lakefront location, is close to many cycle paths that allow you to explore the alpine vistas Wanaka is best known for. Rooms come in many shapes and sizes, including spacious studio rooms, one-bed suites and two-bed apartments, while the hotel features a day-spa, cafe and restaurant, and offers specialist wedding services and conference function rooms.

    Ramada Resort

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    Ramada Resort
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    The Ramada Resort, on a rural road just out of town, is a good choice for those wanting a quiet escape without forgoing convenience. Lake Wanaka is a short walk away, and the Cardrona ski field can be reached in just 45 minutes by car. Choose from contemporary studio rooms, a handful of apartments or a presidential suite, and enjoy a wealth of entertainment facilities like a water slide, hot tub and BBQ area.

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    Lakeside Apartments

    Serviced Apartment
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    Lakeside Apartments
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    Seeking the ultimate luxurious experience in Wanaka? Spring for the Lakeside Apartments. You’ll be greeted by spectacular views just about everywhere you go – whether you choose to stay in a poolside apartment or in an opulent room with a balcony. Airport transfers, free wifi, board games and babysitting services are some of the add-ons guests can make use of.

    Oakridge Resort

    Boutique Hotel, Resort
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    Oakridge Resort
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    Opt for Oakridge Resort if, after a day in the snow, dipping in an outdoor heated pool sounds like your dream scenario. Other highlights at this massive resort include the Sanctuary Day Spa and the resort’s bar and restaurant. There are 173 rooms, with options ranging from comfortable single bedrooms to self-contained family apartments.

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    Kim Gregory contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on January 30, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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