Top 10 Airbnb Vacation Rentals Near Lake Hawea, New Zealand

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Lake Hawea is a popular resort town on the southern end of its namesake lake in New Zealand. It is well known for fishing spots and outdoor adventures in the mountains. You will also find water activities such as kite surfing, kayaking and swimming in the glacial lake.

In the winter, ramp up the adrenaline by skiing in the snowcapped mountains. You can also enjoy hiking and biking along some incredible trails, such as Timaru River Track and Grandview Mountain Track. When you plan to stay here, choose an Airbnb vacation rental that lets you enjoy the privacy and facilities of your home. Keep reading to explore some of the top Airbnb vacation rentals near Lake Hawea, New Zealand.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on November 28, 2023.

1. Down South (from USD 158)

This clean and spacious retreat is located in a peaceful neighbourhood in Lake Hāwea. It is also just a short drive from the ski areas in Wānaka. Additionally, there are activities such as mountain biking and bushwalking nearby. During the summer, you can also enjoy swimming, kayaking and tubing.

Cook comfortably in the modern kitchen and eat your meal sitting by the French windows. Step outside in the morning to enjoy a staggering view of the surrounding mountains with your cup of tea. You can even bring your pets along with you on your vacation. Moreover, the house is just an hour from Queenstown Airport. 

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Lake Hawea, Otago, New Zealand
12.93 km (8.1 mi) from Puzzling World
50 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 4 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we enjoyed the smart tv the huge front deck and the bbq grill
we enjoyed our stay ‘down south’ the house was was very comfortable and homely
beds super comfy with lovely linen
what a beautifully comfortable clean home
it was super comfortable warm and clean with everything we needed
we really enjoyed our stay the house was so nice and everything was clean and tidy
we had everything we needed and the place was super clean
fantastic place to stay lots of room comfortable beds clean and tidy with an awesome friendly host
the owners were very friendly and helpful
great hosts and great communication
a really lovely quiet location really close to the lake
great location with just minutes to the lake
great location in the heart of lake hawea township easy walk to lakefront
good location and awesome warm place
central to the lake and nice and sunny
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2. Hawea Mountain cottage (from USD 125)

The private hideaway is located in a serene location close to biking and walking trails. Here, you can have a good time dining outdoors while enjoying the mountain views. The kids will also love it here, as there are board games, toys and books to keep them entertained. 

Further, there is an indoor fireplace and heating facilities to keep you warm during the winter. You can also visit National Transport & Toy Museum in Wanaka with your family. This museum has a huge collection of vintage vehicles, aeroplanes, tanks and a collection of children’s books and toys.

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Lake Hawea, Otago, New Zealand
12.77 km (8.0 mi) from Puzzling World
90 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
an absolute gem of a cottage so cozy with fantastic amenities
the cottage is quiet comfortable and beautifully decorated/furnished with views out both bedroom windows of the mountains
great modern tidy house with excellent kitchen amenities
super comfortable bed and furniture - great shower would highly recommend and will definitely stay again
good to have decent coffee for the plunger and bits snd pieces in the kitchen
very clean and cozy
very clean and tidy and in a quiet neighborhood
very clean modern house with everything you need
a beautiful space extremely clean and gorgeously designed
the whole house felt very welcoming and was spotless and on point
fantastic place and amazing host
aneta was so responsive when needing advice she was very helpful
aneta the host was a great communicator and got back to me promptly
aneta was very helpful and easy to reach
great location for walks/bike trails etc
amazing place and great location in hawea
great location & very tidy house
great little house nice quiet location well appointed
the location is peaceful and it's cozy at night
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3. Modern lakefront home with mountain views  (from USD 340)

This modern house is characterised by its sleek, clean build and is just steps away from Lake Hawea. Forgot something at home? This house is also conveniently just a short stroll to local shops and eateries. Here, you can enjoy lake and mountain views from every room. 

You will love working in the office, which also offers a second screen for your use. Then, you can enjoy a barbecue meal in the well-sheltered outdoor area. Explore local activities such as tramping, fishing or, in the winter holidays, skiing. There is also a nine-hole golf course in the town where you can hone your skills. 

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Lake Hāwea, Otago, New Zealand
12.59 km (7.9 mi) from Puzzling World
26 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 6 Beds 9 Guests 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 9

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beautiful spaces exquisite views lovely furniture & details a very well appointed kitchen and magical peaceful surroundings
beautiful house incredible views quality appliances and kitchenware and comfy bed with lovely linen highly recommend
best scenic view big living area all facilities you need
everything was perfect-- the house is beautiful and incredibly cozy the views were amazing and hosts were superb
peaceful and an easy drive to many attractions/ facilities
clean and tidy and well equipped
sarah was a very helpful host
house has everything you need and sarah is a great host
sarah was super helpful and the place was stunning
sarah was the perfect host - easy to communicate with and always very prompt with replies
the house is truly magnificicent and located in the most idyllic location
lake hawea was a perfect location for a family holiday
easy walk to the lake front
amazing place for a family holiday
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4. Black Magic on Hewson

This well-appointed house is just a 15-minute walk from the lake and a few minutes from the local pub and café. You can also enjoy easy access to amenities close to the property, such as tennis courts and a bowling club. If you’re a bibliophile, you might want to head to the library, which is also close by.

Moreover, the house offers child-friendly facilities such as travel cots for infants. You can also have fun biking on the trails, such as the 8-km (4.97-mi) ride along the river track to nearby Albert Town. Then, end your day by soaking in the bathtub to relax your body and mind.

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Lake Hawea, Otago, New Zealand
11.82 km (7.4 mi) from Puzzling World
34 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 6 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the beds were super comfortable and extra blankets available
loved staying here lots of room great for families
very clean modern and comfortable
spacious clean with top notch bathroom/shower and beds
spacious clean and had everything everyone needed
a lovely clean warm place to come back to after a day's outing
warm well prepared and clean
claire is a lovely host and very swift in responding
claire is a great host easy to communicate with
claire was a great host and communicated quickly and provided some fantastic tips and advice for the area
claire was very attentive to our needs and i would highly recommend her place
beautiful cozy warm house and excellent host highly recommend
great house in a great location
what a wonderful house in a great location
great place and great location with access to many activities
easy walk to the local pub shop and lake
beautiful place great location with a very accomodating host
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5. Lake View Earth Cottage (from USD 146)

The lovely cottage is just 5 minutes from Hawea township and offers panoramic views of the lake and the mountains. You can use the fully equipped kitchen and barbecue facilities here to show off your cooking skills. Dine outdoors for a breathtaking view from the deck.  

If you want to explore more of the area, Wanaka is just a 15-minute drive from this cottage. Animal lovers can enjoy feeding vegetables and fruit scraps to the goats in the nearby paddock. 

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Lake Hawea, Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand
11.52 km (7.2 mi) from Puzzling World
252 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire cottage 3 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
cozy comfortable cottage with stunning views
a very beautiful cosy and comfortable cottage with breathtaking views of lake hawea and the mountains
the place is warm (loved the fireplace) and comfortable
the place is clean and rebecca is very friendly and responsive
the house is absolutely beautiful and super clean
this is a beautiful house very comfortable and spotlessly clean
the home was clean & quiet
very clean neat & homely with great amenities
she was a great host to me & my friends
friendly hosts would recommend
rebecca was a lovely host
lovely hosts friendly and informative and they made us feel so at home
rebecca was very nice and helpful host
stunning location gorgeous place to stay
this property will not disappoint the location is just stunning
a perfect location cosy warm and well appointed
beautiful location and very cosy home
rebecca's place is the best airbnb property we have ever stayed
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6. Spacious house with panoramic views (from USD 167)

This beautiful house is just a five-minute walk from the lake. It features a large deck and a lounging balcony to enjoy the stunning surrounding views. Have a fun cookout with your family with the barbecue facilities and eat outdoors for a stunning view of the lake.

The house is child-friendly with amenities such as a high chair, baby bath and safety gates. Looking for some thrill? You can also find activities such as skydiving, jetboating and bungee jumping within a short drive from the house. 

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Lake Hawea, Otago, New Zealand
12.09 km (7.6 mi) from Puzzling World
283 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 7 Beds 10 Guests 5 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 10

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
all the beauty of the lake on display from the living room and with wanaka in easy reach
thanks for the uncomplicated and cozy stay at your place
a very clean and comfortable home with beautiful views overlooking the lake
beautiful place lovely view very comfortable just what the boyz needed after a long ride on the bikes
great facilities and perfectly located between the local pub restaurant and the village café and store
clean tidy and plenty of room
very comfortable and clean house
it was clean and set up really well for a family
house was spacious clean and comfortable
the host amanda made sure we enjoy our stay
amanda is great host and we appreciate she upgraded our accomodation to bigger free of charge
amanda was very helpful and available to sort out a couple of questions we had
great house and amazing contact from the host
amanda was extremely helpful and a great communicator
very close to everything you need for a lovely break in hawea
beautiful location and spacious house
great location super comfortable for a large group
the house is perfect for our family great location 10mins walk to the lake
great location family friendly and a house with everything you need to relax and enjoy hawea in the summer
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7. Hawea Heaven (from USD 165)

The charming house is just a 10-minute stroll from the stunning Hawea lakefront. The lakefront offers a kids’ play area and sports facilities for your entertainment. While you stay here, you can also enjoy an inclusive continental breakfast with bread, cereals and your favourite drinks.

Relax on the swing chair made on the grounds or soak in the outdoor hot tub. There is also a barbecue area and lounge to have a great time. Then, have a good night’s sleep in any of the three bedrooms, all of which have super king-size beds. 

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Lake Hawea, Otago, New Zealand
12.31 km (7.7 mi) from Puzzling World
118 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 3 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
cool open plan living/kitchen area and 3 very comfortable bedrooms with modern family and en-suite bathrooms
beautiful greenery and paintings are all over the living room
we were extremely comfortable in vicki’s house
clean and nicely maintained house
could not fault the cleanliness and everything was as described
lovely clean modern home with some fun quirky details excellent facilities
house was squeaky clean and we felt very welcome in our stay
the house is spacious spotless and has everything you could want for a comfortable stay
great hosts and ver helpful
the hot tub was lovely and the hosts were excellent
vicky and dan were great hosts
a gorgeous property and courteous hosts
vicki and dan were delightful hosts - very communicative and responsive
amazing place in a wonderful surroundings
beautiful home nice quiet location everything we needed would stay again
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8. Mountain Magic

This elegant earth house is located conveniently close to the shop for grocery needs and the pub and restaurant if you want a change. The lake is just a five-minute walk from this shelter. Further, you can take advantage of the well-equipped kitchen and barbecue area here. There is also a picnic table if you want to eat outdoors.

Step outdoors for a picturesque hike to Sawyer Burn Hut and take in views of the lake and the mountains. You can also visit Mount Aspiring National Park, which offers a number of natural attractions, such as Blue Pools, river valleys and alpine lakes.

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Lake Hawea, Otago, New Zealand
12.17 km (7.6 mi) from Puzzling World
60 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 6 Beds 8 Guests 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
good spot nice garden wifi & plenty of amenities
appliances furniture and beds were good quality
we were two couples and had plenty of room and good kitchen for cooking
beds super comfortable
clean and tidy
very clean you will find everything as described
no complaints not brand new but homely and clean amazing comfortable beds in all rooms
thank you for hosting us at this home
wonderful touches by host to ensure our toddlers were comfortable
great spot hosts were easy to deal with and if required again we will be back
great house and situated in an amazing location
lovely house in a fab location
well equipped and great location not too far from wanaka
an easy short walk to the lake front shop & beach
a great house close to the shop and playground
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9. The Black Shack (from USD 149)

This elegant Kiwi bach (holiday home) is located just steps away from Lake Hawea. It is surrounded by native trees and offers stunning views of nearby mountains. You can also enjoy the lake views from the comfort of your living room. If you’re visiting during winter, the living area has a fireplace you can curl up next to with a book. Family time can be spent playing board games.

Here, you can take a relaxing bath while enjoying the outdoor views in the heated spa bath. Pets are allowed and will enjoy the open space. Further, Gladstone Track starts right at the lakefront, so you can engage in hiking here.

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Gladstone, Otago, New Zealand
16.68 km (10.4 mi) from Puzzling World
107 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 3 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
they had one small fan heater which isn't sufficient
the beds were very comfortable and the fireplace kept us warm
beautiful view from the living room and less than a minute’s walk to the water’s edge
beautiful location a rustic home that is clean and comfortable
thanks for being a great host
good communication with host
hi gordon thank you so much for sharing your beautiful house and thanks again for the cot kind regards
location is great however only as a summer house
great location away from the hustle and bustle of wanaka
wonderful rustic shack in an amazing location
this house is in a stunning location on lake hawea
the location of the black shack is so special
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10. Private garden hideaway two minutes from Lake Hāwea (from USD 84)

If you want to stay as close to the lake as possible, this comfy unit is perfect and only a two-minute walk away. This accommodation comes with a garden and is the perfect spot for relaxation. Gladstone Track starts right at the bottom of the garden, so you have easy access if you enjoy hiking. 

Brush up on your skills with the pool table in the suite. There is also a barbecue grill and an outdoor dining area to enjoy meals while you get some fresh air. Moreover, Wanaka is just a 20-minute drive away, so you can enjoy dining, movies and outdoor activities.

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Lake Hāwea, Otago, New Zealand
13.06 km (8.2 mi) from Puzzling World
22 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 3 Beds 2 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
very comfortable and great amenities
self-serve simple breakfast provided which was a nice touch
very spacious and clean space
her place is incredibly clean and well organised
host is very kind
fantastic accommodation and a lovely host we would happily stay again
christine was a lovely host with a beautiful airbnb
christine was a great host very friendly and welcoming
we were very impressed by this location
it was perfect for commuting to wanaka and central for our family reunion
there is a river right in front of it so it is good for a walk
clean accommodation great location for the beach on the lake very friendly host
great place to stay very spacious and great kitchen
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Enjoy the small town life

Enjoy the quiet neighbourhoods of Lake Hawea and find comfort in its natural beauty. With numerous activities to explore, choose one of the top Airbnb vacation rentals near Lake Hawea, New Zealand.

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