Top 10 Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Wanaka, New Zealand - Updated 2024

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Wanaka might have been overshadowed by its flamboyant neighbour, Queenstown, but what many does not know is that this town boasts breathtaking views that can captivate the hearts of travellers. The region might be most well-known for the spectacular sight of a lone Wanaka tree in the middle of Lake Wanaka. However, the town is also famous for a bunch of intrepid and adventurous activities, wineries, breweries, and museums. Wanaka has retained its small-town charm, making the region an absolute delight to explore. Some of the most interesting attractions to check out are Puzzling World, Skydive Wanaka, and Roys Peak. Scroll down for the top Airbnb vacation rentals in Wanaka, 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 July 06, 2024.

1. Luxurious chalet with a kitchenette (from USD 138)

This luxurious mountain cabin boasts stellar views of the mountains and the lake. A plush queen and sofa bed can easily sleep up to three people, and the bed has a skylight right above, perfect for stargazing before going to bed. Featuring a kitchenette, the place boasts a gorgeous deck with al fresco seating, where you can enjoy your morning coffee, meals, and a glass of wine. You can fire up the outdoor barbecue while you feast on evening views of the Otago landscape, or slip into the steamy outdoor tub to relax.

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Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand
1.39 km (0.9 mi) from Puzzling World
318 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire chalet 2 Beds 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
it was clean easy to find close to the town had a great view warm and cozy
awesome place to stay super comfortable bed amazing bath lots of thoughtful touches
the cabin is very stylish clean and the outdoor bath is amazing
very clean and tidy and loved the outside space to enjoy the sunshine in
the space was clean cozy warm and in a beautiful peaceful setting
very neat place outdoor bath is lovely for a soak
megan was very helpful and attentive
our host was great leaving prompt instructions and insuring a relaxing stay
megan is an awesome host and we will be staying again
one of a kind
everything in it was new and immaculate and megan was an epic and responsive host
what an outstanding location and cabin
amazing location and a great place to relax
great place in an accessible location
awesome location and views
location is nice and quite great privacy and a stunning cabin
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2. Boutique mountain hideaway for three (from USD 148)

Nestled in the hills overlooking the town and Lake Wanaka, this mountain hideaway is the perfect place to get away from the hectic pace of everyday life. The boutique space boasts a cosy bedroom with a plush queen bed. With a well-equipped kitchen, you will not have to step out for coffee or meals. There is a Smart TV in the living room to keep guests entertained. The spacious patio with a luxurious double bath is perfect for a romantic stargazing session in the evening.

Stayed at this property?
wanaka , New Zealand
1.87 km (1.2 mi) from Puzzling World
676 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire chalet 2 Beds 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
couch sofa was comfortable to sleep on
great views cozy bed nice bathroom and excellent deck
beautiful and comfortable property with great views
the accommodation is beautifully built with a large spacious balcony - fantastic amount of room
the apartment is so clean the view is amazing from the bed from the private terrace
everything was clean and working
outdoor bath crisp clean linen amazing location
place was very clean and tidy both inside and out
very calming clean and peaceful spot hidden between the hills
the place is so clean and mag's is very helpful
host was responsive and helpful in giving us recommendations for activities and places to go to
mags is a great host and communications were easy
mags was very helpful in advance accommodating a couple of special requests
the host was amazing and was very accommodating gave some great tips which really made our holiday to wanaka
mags is an excellent host who has thought of everything
great place to stop amazing accommodation close to wanaka
really good location up on the hill
beautiful place to stay with tub outside really cute
great location with amazing views
the lookout is about 5-6 mins from town an easy drive too far to walk
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3. Studio apartment with airy interiors (from USD 114)

Located near central Wanaka, this studio apartment is the perfect base to explore the town and the Otago region. Long-term renters can love the place as it comes with off-street parking and laundry facilities. It features a full kitchen with a microwave, fridge, and dishes, so you can easily prepare homemade dishes. The large queen bed can be comfortable even in the winter, thanks to the presence of the electric blanket. The rental boasts unique features such as a grass roof and a spacious deck with a hot tub. The accommodation also offers free WiFi access.

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Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand
2.97 km (1.9 mi) from Puzzling World
404 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 2 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
loved the closet space and the big drawers in the bathroom
kitchen bathroom deck and bed are great
lovely room and amenities
the shower was beaut
very comfortable space with everything we needed
very warm clean modern place
nattaya's place was beautiful clean and modern
the room was so clean and had really good facilities
the place is super clean and one can really relax here
great house i've ever stayed clean and tidy
lovely hosts and immaculate property
lovely quiet place and great hosts
love place and lovely hosts
lovely hosts really keen to help with any questions and advice about the local area
nattaya was a lovely host and very accommodating
great location for couples
great location and facilities
perfect location close to wanaka town
great location very private and easy walk to town
great space walking distance to town
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4. Stylish apartment in the heart of central Wanaka (from USD 114)

Style and functionality meld beautifully together at this large apartment near the lake. There is a lush private garden where you can enjoy beautiful views. It features a cloud-like king bed, perfect for resting after a day of adventure. The kitchenette is well-equipped, so you can cook your own meals during your stay. The modern bathroom and walk-in wardrobe add a touch of luxury. This place also comes with laundry facilities in the adjoining garage as well as off-street parking.

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Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand
2.44 km (1.6 mi) from Puzzling World
281 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the bed is like sleeping on a cloud
the bathroom is gorgeous with underfloor heating such a treat on a chilly morning
there were thoughtful touches like fresh flowers in the bathroom
the room/private suite is absolutely wonderful with lots of space and everything you could ever need
the kitchen has plenty of space for cooking an easy dinner for 2
it was sparklingly clean and very tasteful decor
huge rooms and spacious clean bathroom
the bed is comfortable and the shower room is clean and contemporary
very nice bright clean and and spacious
thoroughly enjoyed this lovely spacious clean unit
such lovely hosts
hosts were super helpful
our hosts were especially friendly and helpful
and very helpful hosts
very friendly & helpful hosts
easy walk to central wanaka
superb location in wanaka
easy walking distance to shops
easy walking distance to town
easy walk to town
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5. Brand-new apartment with a patio (from USD 136)

Stay in this brand-new apartment that offers superb views of the mountains, Lake Wanaka, and the Otago countryside. The living area is spacious and features a Smart TV, WiFi, a cosy dining nook, and sliding glass doors. Right outside is a spacious patio where you can enjoy your morning coffee. The fully equipped kitchen can allow you to enjoy home-cooked meals. Moreover, the soft king-sized beds can ensure a sound sleep after exploring the town. As the sun goes down, you can enjoy an intimate barbecue with your family.

Stayed at this property?
Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand
2.05 km (1.3 mi) from Puzzling World
443 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we had a great stay the view was gorgeous and the beds were super comfy
great views of the mountains from all rooms and the outdoor table
the apartment was lovely and private with a beautiful view of the mountains
cute and cozy new fit out super warm with great mountain views
super comfortable beds amazing shower and nice views of mountains
very clean and bright
very clean modern space
clean and had everything you could want
apartment is clean and stylish
a very great and clean apartment
the hosts were also nice people
the host is friendly and kindness
alyse & sam were very accommodating and happy to help
the hosts are very friendly and helpful
hosts had a nice book of local recommendations
good location very close to the town
convenient location and good value for money
super close to lake wanaka and restaurants
location was great as it was a short 15 minute walk to the town center
great apartment great location and very comfortable
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6. Pleasant studio for two (from USD 89)

This pleasant studio is situated just five minutes away from the lake. The one-bedroom unit boasts a queen bed that can keep you comfortable. Besides a modern bathroom, you can also find a basic kitchenette where you can make coffee and heat up simple meals. You can enjoy your meals on the cushy sofa while you watch a movie on Netflix. Begin your day by sipping coffee outdoors. If you are bringing a car, the rental offers free parking on the premises and off the street.

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Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand
2.18 km (1.4 mi) from Puzzling World
291 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
a heater and fan were provided in the room
really comfortable little spot great amenities and a toasty heater
loved the coffee machine and the milk frother very comfy bed good fast wifi
everything you need from ski storage to fresh coffee and juice in the room
such a great touch having a smart tv and nespresso machine
beautifully clean room and bathroom
really clean and lovely thoughtful touches
nice touches very clean and convenient
clean warm and comfy
beautiful place tidy and super clean room
penny is a great host and is responsive
host was very responsive and helpful
penny and her husband were wonderful hosts they were very accommodating and had outstanding service
penny was great at communicating and very accommodating
penny was an amazing host and provided a beautiful warm space
the location was great
great location just a few minutes from town
perfect location only 5min drive to the shops
great location very warm and comfortable
good value for the location
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7. Contemporary loft for three (from USD 184)

This contemporary one-bedroom loft is the perfect place if you want to stay close to the town centre while still being able to enjoy the feeling of being in the countryside. Located south of the town, this rental features a plush king-sized bed and two single beds, easily accommodating a family of three. Amenities such as WiFi, a DVD player, and a flat-screen TV. are available for entertainment. You can whip up meals in the full kitchen and watch a good movie after a day of exploring the area.

Stayed at this property?
Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand
4.09 km (2.6 mi) from Puzzling World
275 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 3 Beds 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the loft has air conditioning as well which is great for the warmer evenings but mostly not necessary
great amenities very well thought-out loft apartment with anything you can think you might need plus more
very good facilities and a beautiful comphy bed
huge apartment with a superb bed and a good equipped kitchen
very specious comfortable and functional
clean airy and pleasant
super clean and fresh house
clean quiet and cozy loft
the unit was also clean and cozy
impeccably clean beautifully designed and furnished with lovely modern touches
friendly and helpful hosts
host is very responsive to emails
tarin has been a great host with good instructions and quite response
tarin was a delightful host
tarin is a super host and was very responsive with our various requests
great location for exploring wanaka
great location and very good facility
good spot close to wanaka town centre
wonderful loft apartment 15 minutes walking distance from town
the location is great a little walk to town but very close to the lake and walking trails
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8. Well-lit unit near Lake Wanaka

If you’re looking for a comfortable suite to come home to after your exciting adventures, check out this stylish one-bedroom suite located near Lake Wanaka. Wooden ceilings and walls as well as a plush carpet lend the space a cosy feel. The space features a soft queen bed, allowing guests to enjoy a good night’s sleep. It features a basic kitchenette for making coffee and heating meals and a full bathroom complete with hot water and a bathtub.

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Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand
4.47 km (2.8 mi) from Puzzling World
244 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
stylish room and bathroom with amazing view of mountains
the interior of the room and the view is just immaculate couldnt fault
cosy and comfy room with amazing views
the room was quite warm but luckily there was a fan
we had a fantastic stay amazing views especially out of the bathroom window
very clean and sophisticated room
very clean cosy and warm
very clean stylish and comfortable
room so comfort clean warm and sunny
it sparkling clean with stylish design
anna was very helpful
anna was very friendly
hosts were very helpful and friendly
anna and ricky were the most gracious hosts and provided us with great local tips
fantastic accommodation with lovely hosts highly recommend
good location for those who drive
great location close to wanaka with easy access to a range of walks nearby
10 min drive from center of wanaka so really close to all the nearby attractions
located in calm and nice area
perfect location for exploring wanaka
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9. Designer house with free parking (from USD 215)

Upscale and designer furnishings dot every corner of this contemporary house located in the heart of the town. This two-bedroom rental boasts a comfortable king bed and two single beds that can ensure restful nights. There is also free parking, which can be quite convenient if you have your own car. With a fully equipped kitchen, you can prepare delicious meals. No need to worry about running out of clean clothes as this accommodation also offers laundry facilities. You can sip coffee on the patio overlooking the garden, where your kids can play on the slide and the trampoline.

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Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand
2.08 km (1.3 mi) from Puzzling World
253 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire townhouse 3 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
good beds well appointed with fresh furnishings and appliances
wifi was amazing kitchen was perfect for cooking a basic meal
comfortable beds great bathroom great natural light comfortable dining and living areas
stylish and very clean house
very clean and welcoming pleasant decor
the house was clean and warm
everything is very clean and well appointed
the house was clean tidy and super well appointed
great hosts five star
again another wonderful stay with these hosts always perfect
the location was great
great location for activities shopping and dining
nice location easy to find and close to the supermarket
super awesome location with walking distance to the town centre
great location of this new purposely built bach
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10. Three-bedroom house near Lake Wanaka (from USD 215)

This rental’s three bedrooms can easily accommodate up to eight people. Thanks to the well-equipped kitchen, you will not have to worry about constantly spending on meals during your vacation. Besides a swanky kitchen island, you can find a large dining table that is perfect for eating meals together with your family. While WiFi and a flat-screen TV can provide entertainment, you can also admire the garden and the outdoor area with a trampoline.

Stayed at this property?
Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand
1.96 km (1.3 mi) from Puzzling World
254 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 7 Beds 8 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
excellent amenities and comfortable living area
the views out the kitchen window and off the front deck were a bonus and unexpected
high bandwidth wifi and a smart tv with netflix completed the package
comfortable modern a touch of style and a great location
also there was plenty of space where everyone felt comfortable and relaxed
very clean and modern
clean tidy and comfortable
super clean modern and very comfortable
clean and we'll appointment
clean stylish and cosy house
amazing host and home
bernie is quick to answer questions and responsive to requests
helpful and responsive hosts
great spot and a lovely stay excellent hosts
we had a lovely stay and the hosts kindly arranged some baby things for us
beautiful apartment close to town
great location with only being a short walk to town
great location next to town
great location in central wanaka just a short walk to restaurants etc
terrific location within quick walking distance to all the action
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Explore the wonderful town of Wanaka

Wanaka might not be as popular as Queenstown, but it’s just as lively and interesting to explore. It offers an excellent variety of vacation rentals for a comfortable stay. For your next trip, check out this list of the top Airbnb vacation rentals in Wanaka, New Zealand.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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