Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

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Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

Travel & Accommodation

Travel by Air

Auckland International Airport to Queenstown Airport – 2 hours
Christchurch International Airport
to Queenstown Airport – 1 hour
Queenstown Airport to Wanaka (by road) – 1 hour
Shuttle buses and rental cars available from both airports

Travel by Bus

Ritchies (formerly Alpine Connexions) – from Dunedin and Queenstown
Atomic Shuttles – from Christchurch, Dunedin, West Coast and Queenstown

Travel by Road

Christchurch – 5 hours
Dunedin – 3.5 hours


Lake Wanaka has a huge variety of accommodation to suit every budget, from backpackers to luxury lodges.

Listed below are our Challenge Wanaka official accommodation providers, all of whom are supporting Challenge Wanaka as sponsors. Many of them are also providing special deals for Challenge athletes. Please contact them directly to book.

Goodstays Wanaka

We offer holiday homes and apartments in the heart of Wanaka, covering a range of budgets and options from a fully furnished luxury apartment to cosy family homes for an extended stay in the region. Goodstays Wanaka has the portfolio and experience to help you find the right solution for your Challenge Wanaka experience. Contact Goodstays via email quoting GOODCHALLENGE to receive a 10% discount on 3-5 night stays and 15% discount for 5+ night stays for athletes and supporters.


A picturesque location on the shores of Lake Wanaka. The spacious and comfortable self-contained one bedroom suites and two-bedroom apartments all have views of the lake and alps with either a balcony or patio to allow you to enjoy direct access to the rolling lawns leading to the lake edge. The hotel facilities include: two restaurants, spa and sauna, tennis courts and children’s playground. Click here for further information and special Challenge Wanaka rates.

Wanaka Luxury Apartments

Wanaka Luxury Apartments offer stylish self-contained full service holiday accommodation that’s perfect for every season. Whether you are in Wanaka for a few nights to a few months, Wanaka Luxury Apartments is the perfect place to stay for sporting trips, romantic getaways, business trips and family ski holidays. Blessed with sweeping mountain views and a short stroll to the lake, shops and restaurants its 26 luxury apartments provide a choice of 1, 2 or 3 bedroom living complete with heated spa and pool. Traditional ski lodge features such as open fires combine with DVD players, plasma screens, wireless internet and built-in espresso coffee machines. Click here for further information.

Lake Wanaka Tourism

Through its members Lake Wanaka Tourism represents 4,500 beds throughout the region with options including hotels, motels, backpackers, holiday homes, bed & breakfasts, apartments, holiday parks and camp grounds. Click here for further information and online booking or drop by the i-SITE visitor centre at the corner of Ardmore and Helwick Streets.