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Wanaka Alpine Lodge

Wanaka Alpine Lodge

This boutique B&B offers a homely base in a tranquil location about five minutes’ drive from the lakefront in Wanaka. The purpose-built lodge is set back from the road in large grounds and offers sweeping views of the mountains.

There are just five guest rooms here and hosts Ged and Sarah offer a warm welcome as well as plenty of expert local advice for planning activities or trips in the area. The guest rooms are in a separate wing of the building and are all spacious and bright with simple, modern styling. Each has a private patio as well as a desk, sofa, flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi.

There’s a large shared lounge with an open fire on cooler days, a guest kitchenette and dining room, and an outdoor patio area with a hot tub. A generous continental and cooked breakfast is served in the mornings, while later in the day, Sarah’s home baking is not to be missed.

The lodge provides easy access to the Mount Iron Track, an hour-long looped walk that provides panoramic views of the Wanaka region, the Pisa range, Upper Clutha Basin and the Southern Alps.

Our rating: First Class

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The five rooms at Wanaka Alpine Lodge are bright, spacious and modern with large windows looking out onto the gardens and mountains, and a private patio to sit out on during the summer. The rooms offer plenty of privacy as they are set in a separate wing to the communal spaces, and their pale, neutral palette is accented by dark woods and leathers. Each room has enough space for a sofa and desk and large en suite bathroom, while facilities include a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi.


Located just outside Wanaka, away from the waterfront, the B&B is set in large grounds with views of the mountains. It’s a five-minute drive in to central Wanaka, and within a half-hour drive of a wide choice of the region’s vineyards. Mount Aspiring National Park is a 45-minute drive away.

Food and drink

Ged and Sarah pride themselves on the quality of their food and breakfast is a feast. A selection of hearty continental dishes is served each morning alongside hot dishes cooked to order. The dining room is open throughout the day if you wish to make yourself a tea or coffee or tuck into some of Sarah’s homemade cakes and biscuits.

Facilities and activities

The B&B has a cedar hot tub in a private garden courtyard which makes a good spot to relax in at the end of the day. There are several bikes you can borrow to cycle into Wanaka or on the surrounding trails, and a boot room for wet hiking or skiing gear to dry out in. The lodge also has a helipad if you wish to explore more remote locations in the surrounding mountains.

Our opinion

We love this homely bed and breakfast lodge for its spacious, comfortable rooms and its tranquil location away from the hustle and bustle of the lakefront.

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