10 Best Luxury Accommodations in Wanaka 🍷 [2023]© Minaret Station Alpine Lodge
10 Best Luxury Accommodations in Wanaka 🍷 [2023]

12 Best Luxury Accommodations in Wanaka 🍷 [2023]

© Minaret Station Alpine Lodge

Luxury Hotels, Resorts, Apartments and Lodges in Wanaka

A place as special as Lake Wanaka deserves a special place to stay. In this list of the best luxury accommodations in Wanaka, we’ve handpicked the most sumptuous of hotels, boutique lodges and self-contained apartments on offer in the lakeside town. Whether you’re looking for a glorious stay on the lakefront or a tranquil retreat in the mountains, we have something to suit on this list of the best luxury accommodations in Wanaka.

While you’re here, you might also be interested in the 10 Best Luxury Experiences in Wanaka, as well as The Luxury Travel Guide to Wanaka.

1. Minaret Station Alpine Lodge

The most prestigious address in the Wanaka area, so much so that you need a helicopter to get there, Minaret Station Alpine Lodge is the ultimate “treat yourself” escape. Possibly one of the most unique accommodation experiences you’ll ever encounter, you’ll enjoy warmth, comfort and glorious cuisine in a remote glacial valley. With just four sumptuous chalets, your stay here is truly tranquil and indulgent with features like a private outdoor hot tub where you can watch the stars.

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10 Best Luxury Accommodations in Wanaka© Minaret Station Alpine Lodge

2. Lime Tree Lodge

Achieving exclusivity in a gorgeous boutique lodge setting, Lime Tree Lodge hosts only 12 guests at one time. The lodge has luxuriously-appointed guest rooms and two private suites, all of which have French doors opening onto an expansive verandah and a lush garden and glorious mountain views. The “Black Peak Suite” features black-oak decor along with leather furnishings across the bedroom and a private lounge with a log fire. There are also more affordable guest rooms available with ensuite bathrooms featuring underfloor heating. Guests also have access to an outdoor pool, as well as a cosy lounge.

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12 Best Luxury Accommodations in Wanaka© Lime Tree Lodge

3. Wanaka Luxury Apartments

Experience the comforts of home, as well as a few luxurious extras when you stay at the Wanaka Luxury Apartments. The five-star apartment complex offers 29 apartments with a choice of one, two or three-bedroom apartments with a living space, heated spa, pool, pizza oven and barbecue. It’s an ideal abode in both summer and winter, with mountain bikes provided for summer rides, and fires to keep you toasty in winter. What’s more, the apartments a just a gentle stroll away from the town centre and the lakefront. We have alternative upscale apartments also listed in the 10 Best Holiday Apartments in Wanaka.

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Wanaka Luxury Apartments© Wanaka Luxury Apartments

4. Edgewater Hotel

Stay on the shores of the beautiful Lake Wanaka itself at the Edgewater Hotel. The hotel offers three styles of accommodation: one-bedroom suites, two-bedroom apartments and hotel/studio rooms. The former two have the convenience of a kitchenette, while all of them are stylishly furnished. The biggest luxury of the hotel is evident in the facilities, from the Element Day Spa offering a wealth of rejuvenating treatments to the nine-hole putting green, giving you plenty of ways to enjoy your downtime. As for the dining, the Wineglass Cafe offers an impressive collection of wines, including some of Otago’s own, as well as an irresistible scone menu. For more hotel-like stays, be sure to also check out the 20 Best Hotels & Places to Stay in Wanaka.

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12 Best Luxury Accommodations in Wanaka© Edgewater Hotel

5. Lakeside Apartments

Indulge in your own private five-star apartment overlooking Lake Wanaka at the Lakeside Apartments. While the “Poolside”, “Premier” and “Deluxe Apartments” make fine choices in accommodation, nothing comes close to the “Penthouse” at the top of the apartment complex with its own rooftop spa pool and barbecue area. What’s more, the apartments are mere moments from town. For more stays with all of the self-catering essentials at your fingertips, be sure to also check out the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Wanaka.

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12 Best Luxury Accommodations in Wanaka© Lakeside Apartments

6. Distinction Wanaka Alpine Resort

When it comes to luxury apartments, Wanaka is the town that just keeps on giving. Distinction Wanaka Alpine Resort provides another excellent choice of five-star apartments in Wanaka, offering 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 garage parking. As for facilities, the apartment complex contains hot spas, a swimming pool in summer, a barbecue area, tennis courts, petanque courts, a games room and a gym. See more recommendations like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodations in Wanaka.

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12 Best Luxury Accommodations in Wanaka© Distinction Wanaka Alpine Resort

7. Matukituki Lodge

If your idea of luxury is your own private holiday home, then you’ll struggle to find more lavish in Wanaka than Matukituki Lodge. The four-bedroom holiday home, nestled in the high countryside and approximately 30 minutes’ drive from town, is the ideal base for exploring the Mt Aspiring National Park and the nearby Treble Cone ski field. Crank up the barbecue in summer or hide in the spa pool in winter, as this place is kitted out for the ultimate holiday in any season.

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10 Best Luxury Accommodations in Wanaka© Matukituki Lodge

8. Club Wyndham Wanaka, Trademark Collection by Wyndham

The famous hotel brand offers a luxury stay in Wanaka a short drive from town along Mt Aspiring Road. The 4.5-star Club Wyndham Wanaka, Trademark Collection by Wyndham boasts a range of sleek 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 in the mornings and an a la carte menu for lunch and the evenings. Other facilities include a heated pool with a waterslide, barbecues, bike rental, fitness centre, parking, hot tubs, RV parking and much more!

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12 Best Luxury Accommodations in Wanaka© Club Wyndham Wanaka, Trademark Collection by Wyndham

9. Waiorau Homestead

With a premium location in the Cardrona Valley, the Waiorau Homestead is well worth considering as a luxury ski lodge or high country escape. The views of the Cardrona ski field, farming stations and general majestic alpine landscape can be admired from your own private verandah accessed from your room, dining room or lounge. The lodge has three sophisticatedly-styled guest rooms, one of which has a spa bath. A gourmet breakfast is included in your stay, as well as the option to dine on sumptuous cuisines such as locally-sourced Cardrona lamb, beef, venison, trout and salmon.

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Waiorau Homestead© Waiorau Homestead

10. Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka

Stay in a four-star resort with well-appointed rooms at every level at the Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka. The resort just outside of Wanaka town and 3km (1.9 miles) from the lake itself features entry-level hotel-style rooms to spacious “Two-Bedroom Family Apartments”. Oakridge Resort boasts luxurious features, such as nine outdoor hot pools surrounded by tasteful landscaping for that true alpine ambience. When you’re not cooking for yourself if staying in one of the apartments, enjoy meals at Jacob’s Grill offering a menu of gourmet delights.

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Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka© Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka

11. Hawea Hotel

An alternative location in the Lake Wanaka area, the Hawea Hotel is away from the hustle and bustle on the edge of the serene Lake Hawea. The hotel features stylish rooms for couples and families. Each private room has its own balcony soaking in the gorgeous views, as well as bedding spun from Wanaka-farmed merino made especially for the hotel. Free WiFi, TV, electric blankets and tea/coffee making facilities are also part of the package. Another lavish feature of the hotel is the Eatery restaurant with log fires and unbeatable lake views. With a hostel lodge also on site, you also have some cheap rooms to choose from as outlined in the 12 Best Budget Accommodations in Wanaka.

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Lake Hawea Hotel© Lake Hawea Hotel

12. Maple Lodge

Escape the busy town of Wanaka to this tranquil retreat with uninterrupted views of the surrounding mountains. Maple Lodge is a luxury bed & breakfast ideal for a couple’s getaway with their “Premium” and “Deluxe Rooms”. Each room has a king bed with the option of twin singles, a smart TV, tea/coffee facilities, bathrobes and WiFi. There are some stunning places around the property to relax from the cosy guest lounge to the large gardens. Not only is the lodge a popular wedding venue, but the entire lodge can be booked out for winter. See more couple-centric stays like this in the 10 Most Romantic Accommodations in Wanaka.

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Maple Lodge© Maple Lodge

More About Luxury Accommodations in Wanaka

Now that you know the best luxury 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 Luxury Travel Guide to 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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