Destination guide

The charming city of Wanaka awaits you

The lake and mountains provide a pleasant backdrop to your vacation home in Wanaka. This romantic and walkable city is known for its skiing, hiking and restaurants. If you're looking for accommodations with space to entertain friends and family, HomeAway has plenty of options to choose from. Many rental homes offer full kitchens and laundry facilities, perfect for big groups.


Activities and attractions in Wanaka

Are you hoping to find top things to see and do in the area? Travelers enjoy fun activities like skiing and hiking. Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Wanaka a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Rippon Vineyard (2.1 mi / 3.3 km)
  • Wanaka Golf Club (3.1 mi / 5 km)
  • Puzzling World (3.8 mi / 6.2 km)
  • Treble Cone Ski Area (10 mi / 16.2 km)
  • Treble Cone (10.9 mi / 17.5 km)
  • Cardrona Adventure Park (14 mi / 22.5 km)

Seasonal weather in Wanaka

Travelers enjoy Wanaka for its skiing. To make the most of the cold weather activities, you might consider visiting in March, August, December or April, when snowfall averages 0 inches and temperatures average 36°F.

Natural features

Exploring the mountains and other natural features in Wanaka

Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Wanaka is a great place to get out in nature. Here are some of the area’s most stunning natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Lake Wanaka (2.2 mi / 3.6 km)
  • Pembroke Park (2.8 mi / 4.5 km)
  • Glendhu Bay (3.6 mi / 5.8 km)
  • Mount Iron Lookout (3.8 mi / 6.2 km)
  • Lake Hawea (10.6 mi / 17.1 km)
  • Crown Range (15.4 mi / 24.8 km)
How to get there

Transportation options to and around Wanaka

Fly into Wanaka (WKA), the closest airport, located 8.4 mi (13.4 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Queenstown (ZQN-Queenstown Intl.), which is 30 mi (48.3 km) away.

Where to stay around Wanaka?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 418 vacation rentals near Wanaka. From 315 Houses to 64 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Wanaka for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Wanaka?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Wanaka. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Basecamp Wanaka Climbing Centre: 450 vacation rentals
  • Rippon Vineyard: 443 vacation rentals
  • Pembroke Park: 443 vacation rentals
  • Wanaka Golf Club: 443 vacation rentals
  • Mount Iron Lookout: 443 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Wanaka listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Wanaka?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 315 Houses in Wanaka. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Wanaka include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 64 rentals available
  • Cottages: 12 rentals available
  • Studios: 63 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Wanaka?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 23 vacation rentals with pool available in Wanaka. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.