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Wanaka Motels

Not Sure where to stay in Wanaka? Read on for our recommendations for the best Wanaka motels.

There's a great choice of Wanaka motels, with something to suit all budgets.

Sitting on the shores of Lake Wanaka, the township of Wanaka is one beautiful spot.

Surrounded by towering peaks and the Mt Aspiring National Park, Wanaka is the perfect place to spend a day or two, or even a few weeks.

Looking over Lake Wanaka from The Moorings

It's a little less rushed than nearby Queenstown, but still has everything needed for a wonderful holiday.

You can read more about things to see and do in Wanaka here.

But where to stay?

As you would expect of a resort town, there's a wide range of Wanaka motels to choose from.

Fortunately, the township of Wanaka is reasonably compact, meaning that most Wanaka motels are located within walking distance, or are just a short drive, from the town center.

We've selected a range of motels in the budget, the mid range and premium categories, but if you scroll down we've also included a search box so you can read reviews and make bookings for the full range of Wanaka accommodation.

And we've also included a few words about our Wanaka favorite.

The Moorings Wanaka

How did we choose our selection of Wanaka motels?

Through our partnership with, we've gained access to information on thousands of properties throughout New Zealand.

And that allows us to access some very important reviews from customers, just like you.

Combined with our own experiences in Wanaka, we feel we can give you some expert recommendations on the best places to stay when you're here.

So, in each category, we've listed what we believe are the best spots to ensure a great holiday.

We hope you enjoy our choices, and of course you can expand your search to the full range of Wanaka motels by using the search box on this page.

Best Budget motels in Wanaka

YHA Wanaka

Location: 94 Brownston St Wanaka

Located only a few minutes walk to Lake Wanaka, the YHA has stunning views of the lake and mountains.

The lounge area features a log fire (wonderful on those cooler nights).

You can choose from dorm rooms or private rooms with en suite. And there's free Wifi.

There's an on-site tour desk and the Wanaka ski fields are around forty minutes drive. Free on site parking is available. YHA Wanaka

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Manuka Crescent Motel

Location: 51 Manuka Crescent Wanaka

This is a great clean, modern motel, and sits in a quiet location close to the lake.

The rooms offer a kitchenette, flat screen tv, and are well heated for the cooler months (including electric blankets).

If you want to visit the famous Puzzling World, it's about ten minutes drive away, and the ski fields are about forty five minutes drive

There's also a guest laundry, ski drying area and tour desk on site. Manuka Crescent Motel Wanaka

For more information on Manuka Crescent Motel click HERE.

Best Mid Range motels in Wanaka

Golfcourse Road Chalets

Location: 44 Golf Course Rd Wanaka

Sitting in acres of gardens, this is a nice peaceful spot located close to the golf course. The apartments have views of either the lake, mountains or golf course and are fully self contained with kitchen (a big money saver) and a washing machine (a welcome addition if you've been traveling for a few days). There's free Wi-Fi and barbecue.

Our guests loved these chalets and if you are looking at a longer stay in Wanaka they are a great place to base yourself, and well worth considering. Golf Course Rd Chalets Wanaka

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The Moorings

Location: 17 Lakeside Rd Wanaka

Over the years we've stayed at The Moorings several times. The location is superb, sitting in an elevated spot looking directly over Lake Wanaka towards the mountains. The rooms are bright, clean, and modern, and it's a one minute walk to the center of town and the many restaurants and bars opposite the lake.

With a choice of studio units and apartments, there's something to suit small or larger groups.

We love the studio units (there are fourteen of them) which have a kitchenette and a small lounge area to relax in and take in the views (see the photo opposite taken from our balcony). The kitchenette has a fridge, microwave and twin hot plates, so we always make use of these and cook up a hearty breakfast to start the day. There's also an outside balcony or deck and it's a beautiful spot to sit and relax with breakfast or a drink in the evening. 

On those cooler days, the heated floors in the tiled areas are a treat.

We can highly recommend The Moorings. You can read reviews and make your booking here.

The Moorings Wanaka
Lake Wanaka taken from The Moorings

Best Premium Wanaka motels

Lakeside Apartments

Location: 9 Lakeside Rd Wanaka

Located next door to The Moorings (see review above) the Lakeside apartments are in the perfect location, overlooking the lake and around a minute's walk to the pubs, bars and restaurants.

The spacious apartments have full kitchens, spacious living areas and laundry facilities.

Families will love the BBQ area and the pool and spa overlooking the lake. There's also an on site tour desk to help you with bookings (don't miss Puzzling World).

There's free Wifi and on site parking, and their reception operates twenty four hours a day. Wanaka Lakeside Apartments

Guests love these apartments. You can read their reviews and make your bookings here.

Maple Lodge Luxury Bed and Breakfast

Location: 56 Halliday Rd Wanaka

This beautiful homestead sits on a spacious site with stunning gardens, around five minutes drive from the town center.

Your tariff includes breakfast, and the terrace is the ideal spot to sit back and enjoy it.

There's a relaxing spa available for you to soak in, and free Wi-Fi.

Each suite is beautifully decorated, air conditioned, and features comfy bedding, high definition TV, and a dock for your iPod.

The well appointed bathrooms have heated floors, spacious showers, and bathrobes and toiletries. Maple Lodge Bed and Breakfast Wanaka

There's also access to a track along the river, and it's a great location to relax and enjoy the stunning Wanaka scenery.

Guests loved the location, facilities, and friendly welcoming hosts.

Want to know more? Read reviews and find dates and prices for Maple Lodge here.

Maps - State Highways

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