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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kim Gregory contributed additional reporting to this article.