Wanaka is a tourist-friendly mecca and within a few blocks of the main street, in every direction, you can find any type of accommodation to suit your budget and holiday plans! From backpacker hostels, to self-contained holiday houses, Bed & Breakfast guesthouses, luxury lodges, campervan parks, motels and international hotels… it’s all in Wanaka!
This broad range of lodgings begins at the top… with luxury accommodation. Cardona Terrace is a Qualmark 5 Star Guest & Hosted purpose built luxurious retreat nestled in a secluded and private vineyard setting. If this type of accommodation meets your style you might also want to consider another luxury boutique retreat, Minaret Lodge. Just a short stroll from the lake and township, this is truly luxury bed and breakfast accommodation in your private guest chalet. It isn’t only lodges that receive the ultimate mark of luxury; Lakeside Apartments are just a stones throw from the edge of Lake Wanaka and boast luxurious self-contained serviced 1, 2 and 3 bedroom holiday apartments.
Luxury accommodation is a serious business in Wanaka and even Motorhome and Campveran travellers can indulge with Qulamark 5 Star campervan park accommodation at Aspiring Campervan Park. With stunning park-like grounds, underfloor heated shower blocks, spa, sauna, superior shared facilities and awesome views, this is a great place to ‘park up’ and enjoy luxury Wanaka at affordable rates!
As a wonderful year round alpine resort, Wanaka now has some good hotel choices for corporate and holidaymakers alike, including the popular Edgewater Resort Hotel, the new Oakridge Resort Grand Mercure and Mount Aspiring Hotel.
There is also a strong contingent of motels scattered throughout the Wanaka township. All are highly competitive and many offer special deals for weekends, off peak and long term stays. You can find some excellent motel providers such as the family friend Bayview Motel with its unique units featuring open fires, and familiar favourites such as the Bella Vista Motel brand.
Surprisingly, there seems to be as much choice for Bed and Breakfast accommodation as there is for motels! Bed and Breakfast options are popular with tourists, combining the best of private bedroom accommodation and shared living spaces. This is a great way to meet new people and get the ‘low-down’ from locals on the best places to eat, things to see and activities to do.
Budget accommodation is still easy to find in Wanaka, with backpacker lodges and hostels being popular for two reasons, firstly, they offer very affordable clean and comfortable accommodation, and secondly, they are a great way to meet like-minded travellers. The YHA Wanaka is a cosy hostel just 5 minutes from the lake, however there are other budget accommodation options available. Simply pop into the local Visitor Information Centre upon your arrival for further information regarding budget accommodation and backpacker lodgings.