Wanaka lies in the heart of the worlds most beautiful unspoilt alpine and lakes district located on the South Island of New Zealand. It is a 50 minute scenic drive from Queenstown International Airport.
Whichever way you drive to Wanaka, the scenery is superb. Approaching via the rugged West Coast of the South Island, you can in one day walk on a glacier, walk through a rain forest to placid blue pool in a snow fed river, walk along a wild surf beach, then drive over the Haast pass, through desert tussock country to Wanaka. The approach via Mount Cook takes you over the magnificent Lindis Pass or from Dunedin you experience the wild spare scenery of the Maniatoto.
The lodge is located in a quiet residential area a few kilometers from the centre of Wanaka village. The village has a number of great restaurants, and cafes. You can walk into town along the lakefront walkway (50 mins) or take the Lodge’s bikes for a great cycle into town (15 mins).
In Winter Cardrona, Snow Farm and Treble Cone Ski Areas are just a 15 -20 minute drive from Wanaka.
Directions - getting there
Fly direct into Queenstown International Airport for the most direct route. Air New Zealand and Qantas fly direct several times a week.
Approaching from Queenstown/Cardrona Valley:
From the West Coast/Cromwell or Lake Hawea:
By air:International Airport is just a 50 minute drive away. We can assist with arranging transfers from the airport.
How to get there: direct flights to Queenstown from Australia are the best!
Air New Zealand, Qantas, Jetstar and Pacific Blue operate direct flights Sydney,Brisbane, Gold Coast and Melbourne to Queenstown several days a week.
Air New Zealand also operates Eagle Air flights from Christchurch to Wanaka daily.
NZ travel distances:
For a real time view of Wanaka check out the web cam - chose Beacon point location to see a camera near us.
Wanaka has a low humidity climate. Average rainfall is 682 mm, half the national average. The seasons are distinctive.
What to pack
Dress here is always casual – no ties or suits or anything too dressy. It can be very hot in summer but we experience big diurnal temperature shifts so layers are good. Good walking shoes and a hat are a must as is a swimming costume.