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10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Wanaka

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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 accommodation in Wanaka, we’ve handpicked the most sumptuous of hotels, boutique lodges and self-contained apartments on offer in Wanaka. 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 luxury accommodation in Wanaka.

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

1. 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, ideal 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.

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Wanaka Luxury Apartments© Wanaka Luxury Apartments

2. 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 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

3. Edgewater Hotel

Stay on the shores of the beautiful Lake Wanaka itself at the Edgewater Hotel. Edgewater 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.

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Edgewater Hotel© Edgewater Hotel

4. 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.

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Lakeside Apartments© Lakeside Apartments

5. Distinction Wanaka Serviced Apartments

When it comes to luxury apartments, Wanaka is the town that just keeps on giving. Distinction Wanaka 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, barbecue area, tennis court, petanque court, games room and gym. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Family Accommodation in Wanaka.

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Distinction Wanaka Serviced Apartments© Distinction Wanaka Serviced Apartments

6. 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, bathrobed 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 accommodation like this in 10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Wanaka.

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Maple Lodge© Maple Lodge

7. Lake Hawea Hotel

An alternative location in the Lake Wanaka area, the Lake 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 Grill Room restaurant with log fires and unbeatable lake views. You can also sit down for a glass of Otago wine at The Stags Head which boasts an array of entertainment from pool tables to a children’s playground. See more accommodation like this in 10 Best Accommodation in Wanaka for Foodies.

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Lake Hawea Hotel© Lake Hawea Hotel

8. Ramada Resort by Wyndham Wanaka

The famous hotel brand offers a luxury stay in Wanaka a short drive from town along the Mt Aspiring Road. The 4.5-star hotel 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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Ramada Resort by Wyndham Wanaka© Ramada Resort by Wyndham Wanaka

9. Lime Tree Lodge

If you’re looking for exclusivity, check out the Lime Tree Lodge hosting 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 veranda and a lush garden and glorious mountain views. The Black Peak Suite feature black-oak decor along with leather furnishings across the bedroom and private lounge with a log fire. There are also more affordable guest rooms available with the ensuite bathrooms featuring underfloor heating. Guests also have access to an outdoor pool, as well as a cosy lounge.

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Lime Tree Lodge© Lime Tree Lodge

10. Waiorau Homestead

Last but by no means least, the Waiorau Homestead boasts a premium location in the Cardrona Valley. The views of the Cardrona ski field, farming stations and general majestic alpine landscape can be admired from your own private veranda 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 cuisine such as locally-sourced Cardrona lamb, beef, venison, trout and salmon.

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Waiorau Homestead© Waiorau Homestead


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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