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10 Best Family Accommodation in Wanaka

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Kid-friendly Accommodation in Wanaka

Looking for ample space to stay in Wanaka for the whole family? Seeking family-friendly facilities to keep the little ones entertained in between exploring? We’ve put together just the list with these 10 best family accommodation in Wanaka! Whether you’re looking for absolute luxury or would rather stick to your budget, we cover all of your best options here.

While you’re here, you might also be interested in 10 Wanaka Must-Dos, as well as The Guide to Queenstown for Families.

1. Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka

For a true family holiday experience, consider staying at the four-star Oakridge Resort. The resort just outside of Wanaka town and 3km (1.9 miles) from the lake itself features Two-Bedroom Family Apartments on two levels with a full kitchen, laundry and ensuite facilities – a real home away from home. Oakridge Resort also has nine outdoor hot pools surrounded by tasteful landscaping for that true alpine ambience. When you’re not cooking for yourself, enjoy meals at Jacob’s Grill offering a menu of gourmet delights.

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Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka© Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka

2. Alpine Motel

Kids love the outside playground and trampoline at the Alpine Motel, while parents tend to enjoy the convenient location a minute away from the town centre. The price isn’t bad either. Alpine Motel offers Family Units with full kitchens of generous sizes. Each unit features free WiFi, on-site parking, Sky TV and late checkout at 11am. See more self-contained accommodation like this in 10 Best Accommodation in Wanaka for Foodies.

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Alpine Motel© Alpine Motel

3. Lake Hawea Hotel

Experience an alternative location is the Wanaka area by staying at the Lake Hawea Hotel. The four-star hotel features stylish modern rooms, eight of which are Family Suites. Each room features free WiFi, a TV and a private balcony. At the end of a day skiing or exploring Wanaka, nothing beats a nice cosy meal by the fire in the hotel’s restaurant, The Grill Room, which has a kids’ menu. The Stags Head is also a popular place to unwind as a family with pool tables, dartboards, table tennis and a kids’ play area outside.

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Lake Hawea Hotel© Lake Hawea Hotel

4. Mt Aspiring Holiday Park

Offering a family-friendly retreat in the hills just outside of Wanaka town, Mt Aspiring Holiday Park is well worth considering for family accommodation in Wanaka. The holiday park offers a range of budget self-contained units with separate bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms, as well as campsite facilities for motorhomes and tents. Facilities at the holiday park include a children’s playground, a summer outdoor swimming pool, bike hire, trampoline, cot hire, barbecue area, TV room, communal laundry and kitchen facilities and more. See more accommodation like this in 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Wanaka.

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Mt Aspiring Holiday Park© Mt Aspiring Holiday Park

5. Distinction Wanaka Serviced Apartments

No tribe is too big for Distinction Wanaka, offering large and stylish serviced apartments of up to five bedrooms. Each apartment comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, underfloor heating, free WiFi, Sky TV, garage parking and ski storage. Guests at the apartments can also make use of the complex facilities, such as the hot spas, heated swimming pool in summer, tennis court, petanque court, games room and gym. As for location, Distinction is a short drive/long walk from town.

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Distinction Wanaka Serviced Apartments© Distinction Wanaka Serviced Apartments

6. Clearbrook Motel & Serviced Apartments

Enjoy the conveniences of home when you stay in one of the motel apartments or townhouse of the Clearbrook Motel & Serviced Apartments. The motel in the town centre offers 14 self-contained apartments with private balconies offering fantastic views of the mountains. Expect to also have a spa bath, kitchen with a dishwasher and laundry machines. Other features include Sky TV, Netflix, free WiFi and heated ski lockers.

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Clearbrook Motels Wanaka© Clearbrook Motels Wanaka

7. Bella Vista Motel Lake Wanaka

Families have the choice of two family units at the Bella Vista Motel Lake Wanaka, each with a separate bedroom, kitchen, ensuite bathroom and one with mountain views. For larger families, interconnecting rooms are available, and families may also appreciate the cot and high chair available on request. The motel offers a continental breakfast on request, as well as facilities such as free WIFi, laundry and a ski drying room. Evening meals are also available.

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Bella Vista Motel Lake Wanaka© Bella Vista Motel Lake Wanaka

8. Lakeside Apartments

Settle for nothing less than pure luxury at the Lakeside Apartments just a stone’s throw away from Lake Wanaka. The five-star apartment complex offers guests the use of outdoor pools, spas and a barbecue area, while in-room you’ll have free WiFi, a private garage, three bedrooms and a second bathroom. The creme-de-la-creme of the apartments is the Penthouse with a private six-person spa, private barbecue, extensive deck overlooking the lake, and a king master bedroom with ensuite and spa bath. See more accommodation like this in our 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Wanaka.

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Lakeside Apartments© Lakeside Apartments

9. Wanaka View Motel

Located by the picturesque Pembroke Park in town, just 200m (219 yards) from Wanaka town centre and the lake. The motel makes a family stay in Wanaka all too easy with their modern self-contained chalets, free bike hire, laundry facilities, free WiFi, Smart TVs, drying room and on-site parking. The best options for families include the Two-Bedroom Chalet sleeping up to four guests or the Three-Bedroom Lake View Chalet for up to six.

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 Wanaka View Motel© Wanaka View Motel

10. Wanaka TOP 10 Holiday Park

Last but certainly not least, find budget family accommodation in Wanaka at the Wanaka TOP 10 Holiday Park. The holiday park offers campervan and camping sites, self-contained accommodation and spacious family motel suites with one to three bedrooms, as well as a holiday house for larger tribes. Facilities at the holiday park include a spa and sauna room, bike hire, a courtesy car to take you into town, barbecue areas, a drying room and communal kitchen facilities. As for location, you can find the Wanaka TOP 10 Holiday Park 2km (1.2 miles) from town, taking about 20 minutes to walk.

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© Wanaka TOP 10 Holiday Park


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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