© Te Wanaka Lodge

10 Best Hotels in Wanaka

© Te Wanaka Lodge

Where to Stay in Wanaka

On the lakefront or nestled in the mountain scenery, self-contained or with a restaurant, an affordable motel or a bed & breakfast lodge… You have so many accommodation options when it comes to staying in Wanaka. In this list, we go through our top picks of hotels in Wanaka, with something to suit all traveller types and budgets.

While you’re here, you might also be interested in 10 Wanaka Must-Dos and The Complete Guide to Wanaka.

1. Edgewater Hotel

Stay on the shores of the beautiful Lake Wanaka at the Edgewater Hotel. Edgewater Hotel offers three styles of rooms: one-bedroom suites, two-bedroom apartments and hotel/studio rooms. The former two have the convenience of a kitchenette, while all of them are sleekly furnished. The hotel boasts a range of high-quality facilities, from spa treatments in the Element Day Spa to a nine-hole putting green, giving you plenty of ways to enjoy your downtime at the hotel. There is also a fabulous on-site cafe, the Wineglass Cafe, offering an impressive collection of wines, including some of Otago’s own, as well as an irresistible scone menu.

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Edgewater Hotel© Edgewater Hotel

2. Ramada Resort by Wyndham Wanaka

The renowned hotel brand offers a high-end stay in Wanaka just a short drive from town along the Mt Aspiring Road. The 4.5-star hotel boasts a range of modern guest rooms and suites with something to suit all traveller types. Make use of your own kitchenette facilities or dine at the on-site bar and cafe where a buffet breakfast is served every morning and an a la carte menu for lunch and the evenings. Other facilities include a heated pool with a waterslide, barbecue area, bike rentals, fitness centre, on-site parking, hut tubs, RV parking and more! See more hotels like this in 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Wanaka.

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Ramada Resort by Wyndham Wanaka© Ramada Resort by Wyndham Wanaka

3. Lake Hawea Hotel

An alternative location in the Lake Wanaka area, the Lake Hawea Hotel sits on the edge of the serene Lake Hawea. Choose from a range of stylish rooms for couples and families. Each private room has its own balcony soaking in mountain and lake views, as well as bedding spun from Wanaka-farmed merino made especially for the hotel. Free WiFi, a TV, electric blankets and tea/coffee making facilities are also part of the package, while guests will also have the option of food from The Grill Room restaurant or a glass of Otago wine at The Stags Head. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Accommodation in Wanaka for Foodies.

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Lake Hawea Hotel© Lake Hawea Hotel

4. Distinction Wanaka Serviced Apartments

When it comes to luxury apartments, Wanaka is the town that just keeps on giving – just take a look at our 10 Best Apartments in Wanaka. Distinction Wanaka provides an excellent choice of large and stylish one, two and three-bedroom apartments, as well as a five-bedroom villa. Each apartment has a fully-equipped kitchen, underfloor-heated bathroom, Sky TV, free WiFi and undercover parking. As for facilities, the complex contains hot spas, a swimming pool in summer, barbecue area, tennis court, petanque court, games room and gym, so there’s plenty to keep your whole tribe entertained. See more accommodation like this in 10 Best Family Accommodation in Wanaka.

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Distinction Wanaka Serviced Apartments© Distinction Wanaka Serviced Apartments

5. Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka

Stay in a four-star resort with well-appointed rooms at the Oakridge Resort lake Wanaka. The accommodation just outside of Wanaka town and 3km (1.9 miles) from the lake features entry-level hotel-style rooms to spacious Two-Bedroom Family Apartments. Enjoy luxurious features, such as nine outdoor hot pools surrounded by alpine landscaping, as well as gourmet meals at Jacob’s Grill.

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Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka© Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka

6. Te Wanaka Lodge

When there aren’t hotels, resorts and apartments in Wanaka, there are lodges – see the 10 Best Lodges in Wanaka. An excellent choice is Te Wanaka Lodge. This boutique European-style lodge oozes character from its antique furniture to its cedar garden hot tub. Stay in one of the lodge rooms with fresh decor, an ensuite and a small balcony or stay at the Garden Cottage Room with basic kitchenette facilities. Mornings here are spent enjoying the continental breakfast served on the oversized vintage table, while afternoon tea is also served each day. What’s more, Te Wanaka boasts an easy location in town.

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Te Wanaka Lodge© Te Wanaka Lodge

7. Altamont Lodge

Travellers looking for affordable accommodation with exceptional self-catering facilities, take a look at Altamont Lodge. The attractive wood-lined lodge with 12 rooms boasts a super spacious and fully-equipped kitchen, as well as a large dining area and tables in the garden to enjoy your homecooked meals. The lodge offers affordable private double rooms, single rooms and family rooms, with shared male/female bathrooms and a lounge with a cosy fireplace. It makes a fantastic alternative to the 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Wanaka, as well as one of the options in our 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Wanaka.

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Altamont Lodge© Altamont Lodge

8. Alpine Motel

Located just a short walk from Wanaka town and offering rooms for all traveller types, Alpine Motel features Studios for three guests up to Two-Bedroom King Apartments for six. Each accommodation has its own kitchen facilities, as well as free WiFi, Sky TV, on-site parking and an 11am checkout. The motel also has fabulous features for families, including a children’s playground, trampoline and barbecue area.

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Alpine Motel© Alpine Motel

9. Wanaka TOP 10 Holiday Park

Find budget accommodation just outside of Wanaka at the Wanaka TOP 10 Holiday Park. The holiday park offers campervan and camping sites, as well as self-contained accommodation from one to three bedrooms and a holiday house for larger groups. Facilities at the holiday park include a spa and sauna room, bike hire, a courtesy car to take you into town (but no return), barbecue areas, a drying room and communal kitchen facilities. Find the Wanaka TOP 10 Holiday Park 2km (1.2 miles) from town, taking about 20 minutes to walk.

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10. Clearbrook Motel & Serviced Apartments

Enjoy the conveniences of home when you stay in one of the apartments or townhouse of the Clearbrook Motel & Serviced Apartments. The motel in Wanaka town centre offers 14 self-contained apartments with a private balcony, a spa bath, kitchen with a dishwasher and laundry machines. Other features at the hotel include Sky TV, Netflix, free WiFi and heated ski lockers.

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Clearbrook Motels Wanaka© Clearbrook Motels Wanaka


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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