Destination guide

Retreat in Wanaka holiday homes to rent

Located in the picturesque alps of the South Island in New Zealand, Wanaka offers spectacular natural beauty, vast parkland and boundless opportunities for outdoor adventure. For a more urban traveller, the vibrant streets and excellent art galleries in Wanaka provide cultural interest and entertainment for your stay, and families will find fun activities for kids. Holiday homes to rent in Wanaka put you in reach of all this lively area has to offer.

History

Heritage sites near Wanaka holiday rentals

Wanaka is filled with historic sites and unique museums where you can learn more about the rich history of the region. Holiday rentals can be found near specialty sites like the World of Deer Museum and Specialty Shop, a museum with a huge collection of deer antlers and history exhibits, and Warbirds & Wheels, a museum with classic and vintage automobiles and motorcycles. The National Transport & Toy Museum, an interesting museum with vintage toys and vehicles, and the Picture Lounge, a gallery for New Zealand photographers with fantastic landscape shots, are also musts for history and culture enthusiasts.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Wanaka

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

  • 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)
Outdoor activities

Must-try sports near Wanaka holiday rentals

Whatever your sense of adventure, Wanaka has a range of mild to wild activities in the natural landscape to capture your interest. Adrenaline junkies can enjoy skydiving, climbing via ferrata, canyoning, flying, off-roading, quad biking or horse trekking. Kayaking, paddleboarding, wakeboarding, fishing, hunting, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, heli-skiing, stargazing, sailing, boat cruises and scenic flights with glacier landings. No matter how you choose to get out into nature, holiday homes to rent in Wanaka put you in the heart of this diverse and exciting landscape.

Weather

Seasonal weather in Wanaka

Travellers 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 2°F.

Natural highlights

Exploring the mountains and other natural features in Wanaka

Whether you're an adventurous traveller 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 centre:

  • 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

Transport options to and around Wanaka

Fly into Wanaka (WKA), the closest airport, located 8.4 mi (13.4 km) from the city centre. 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.

How to get around

Transport to Wanaka holiday accommodation

Wanaka is easy to get to from mainland Australian cities and New Zealand islands. Flights from major airports, bus lines on the islands, trains and self-drive options are available to make your travel convenient and quick, so you can get out and explore. Holiday homes in the area are also close to many destinations, giving you the chance to walk or bike to your location and enjoy the scenery along the way.

Food & drink 

Sample regional delicacies in Wanaka

Wanaka cuisine is influenced by the rich cultures in the area and the abundant soil and sea. Seafood is a staple in Wanaka, which many restaurants serving unique concoctions that include locally sourced crayfish, whitebait, salmon, green-lipped mussels, abalone, scallops, bluff oysters or snapper combined with unique flavours and ingredients from the region. No matter your taste, you’ll find a restaurant or eatery serving a new and exciting seafood dish or a familiar favourite that gives you a taste of the region, all within reach of holiday homes.

Where to stay near Wanaka?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 415 holiday rentals near Wanaka. From 312 Houses to 64 Condos/Apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Wanaka for a long holiday or a weekend break is on Stayz.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Wanaka?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Wanaka. From Stayz travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Rippon Vineyard: 441 holiday rentals
  • Wanaka Golf Club: 441 holiday rentals
  • Mount Iron Lookout: 443 holiday rentals
  • Picture Lounge: 442 holiday rentals
  • Gallery Thirty Three: 442 holiday rentals

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

Can I rent Houses in Wanaka?

Yes, of course. Stayz offers 312 Houses in Wanaka. Our other popular types of Wanaka holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 64 holiday houses
  • Cottages: 12 holiday houses
  • Studios: 63 holiday houses

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

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Wanaka?

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