Wanaka is a snow bunny's paradise. With four unique ski areas within a 40-minute drive from the city centre, this picture-perfect town attracts many keen backpacking enthusiasts year-round - and there is no shortage of backpackers to choose from. Tried and tested, the one we reckon tops them all, is:
This quality budget backpacker is located right on the lakefront, with mind-boggling views across the lake to the snow-covered alps.
With a beautiful outdoor table and garden to chill and eat your dinner while watching the sun set, a herb garden to spritz up your budget pasta dinner, and a mixture of dorm rooms, sizes, and prices, this backpacker has everything you need for a fun-filled Wanaka adventure.
Sometimes all you want to do is treat yourself on a weekend away. And you deserve to!
We’ve searched high and low and decided that if you do, these are the best places to pamper and zone out in style:
Located just 10 minutes away from Wanaka township, this bespoke luxury lodge is nestled on the shores of Lake Wanaka, featuring an outdoor hot tub, a billiard room, a helipad (to get to the chalet!) And a fully equipped bar and kitchen. With breathtaking views at every angle, this is luxury at its finest.
If you’re after an even more exclusive experience, the mountain chalet is everything you could ever dream of, situated at a height of 1750m and nestled amongst the peaks of the Southern Alps. You’ll need to catch a helicopter to get there, so why not make the most of it and go heli-skiing at the same time?
Located in the township of Hawea, a 15-minute drive to Wanaka, this hotel feels like an affordable treat, with outstanding views and a range of accommodation to suit your budget.
With studio rooms, family rooms, and lodges, as well as on-site delicious restaurants showcasing local food and drink, this is one of the best mid-range options out there. Feel like you’re treating yourself in this stunning slice of paradise at an affordable price.