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Where to Find Family-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; the 10 best family accommodations 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 the 16 Things to Do in Wanaka with Kids, as well as The Guide to Queenstown for Families.

1. 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, access to on-site parking, Sky TV and late checkout at 11 am. See more self-contained stays like this in 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Wanaka.

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Alpine Motel© Alpine Motel

2.Ā Wanaka TOP 10 Holiday Park

What would a list of the best family accommodations be without a TOP 10 Holiday Park? Find budget family accommodation in Wanaka at the Wanaka TOP 10 Holiday Park, which 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. Further facilities for holiday fun 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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3. Clearbrook Motel & Serviced Apartments

Enjoy the conveniences of home when you stay in one of the motel apartments or townhouses 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, streaming services, free WiFi and heated ski lockers. For alternative motel stays, be sure to also check out the 15 BEST Motels in Wanaka.

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Clearbrook Motels Wanaka© Clearbrook Motels Wanaka

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, an outdoor swimming pool in summer, bike hire, trampoline, cot hire, barbecue area, TV room, communal laundry and kitchen facilities and more. See more affordable options like this in the 12 Best Budget Accommodations in Wanaka.

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10 Best Family Accommodations in Wanaka šŸ‘Ŗ [2023]© Mt Aspiring Holiday Park

5. Distinction Wanaka Alpine Resort

No tribe is too big for Distinction Wanaka Alpine Resort, which offers 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. Discover alternative upscale stays like this in theĀ 12 Best Luxury Accommodations in Wanaka.

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10 Best Family Accommodation in Wanaka© Distinction Wanaka Alpine Resort

6. 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. See how this compares to the other motels in town with theĀ 15 BEST Motels in Wanaka.

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Bella Vista Motel Lake Wanaka© Bella Vista Motel Lake Wanaka

7. 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 accommodations like this, including lots of family-friendly options, in our 10 Best Holiday Apartments in Wanaka.

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10 Best Family Accommodations in Wanaka šŸ‘Ŗ [2023]© Lakeside Apartments

8. 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, a 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

9. Hawea Hotel

Experience an alternative location in the Wanaka area by staying at the 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, which has a kids’ menu, pool tables, dartboards, table tennis and a kids’ play area outside. For more hotel-style stays, check out theĀ 20 Best Hotels & Places to Stay in Wanaka.

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Lake Hawea Hotel© Lake Hawea Hotel

10. Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka

Finally, 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

More About Family Accommodations in Wanaka

Now that you know the best family accommodations in Wanaka, here’s more advice on planning the ultimate trip to Lake Wanaka:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Guide to Queenstown for Families.


The information in this guide has been compiled from our extensive research, travel and experiences across New Zealand and the South Pacific, accumulated over more than a decade of numerous visits to each destination. Additional sources for this guide include the following:

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About The Author

Laura S.

This article has been reviewed and published by Laura, the editor-in-chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Laura is a first-class honours journalism graduate and a travel journalist with expertise in New Zealand and South Pacific tourism for over 10 years. She also runs travel guides for five of the top destinations in the South Pacific and is the co-host of over 250 episodes of the NZ Travel Show on YouTube.

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