Phone: +64 3 443 0011 | Freephone: 0800 108 311 | Sargood Drive, PO Box 61, Lake Wanaka 9343, New Zealand | Email:

plan your visit to lake wanaka


Edgewater's location, on the shores of the boutique destination of Lake Wanaka in the South Island of New Zealand, is easy to find.  Lake Wanaka is an all seasons destination, visit any time of the year and enjoy the relaxation found in the region or the activities that are bound to rejuvenate your spirit.

arriving in wanaka by air/road via queenstown.

Wanaka is within an hours reach of Queenstown, featuring its own domestic and international airport, connecting the region to the world. 

International flights from Australia's East Coast are provided by Air New Zealand, Virgin AustraliaQANTAS Airways and Jetstar.

Leading rental car companies are located at Queenstown International Airport.  If you prefer a transfer then here are some options for you.

arriving in wanaka by road

Driving through the spectacular South Island is inspiring.  Guests often arrive via the Haast Pass, from the West Coast or alternatively through the heart of the Central South Island region.  Soak up the awesome sight of Mount Cook en-route from Christchurch. Dunedin is only three hours drive from Wanaka.

If arriving by bus, let us know your arrival details when you make your room reservation and we'll provide a complimentary pick up from the bus terminal.

Driving In New Zealand

Download this brochure - produced by New Zealand's official NZ Transport Agency - about driving in New Zealand.   This is in Chinese, traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai and Arabic.

Adobe Acrobat DocumentDriving in New Zealand
Adobe Acrobat Document, 2.81 MB

Alternatively visit the Drive Safe website for information.

indicative driving times:

  • Queenstown to Wanaka - 1 hour (via Crown Range), 1.5 hours (via Kawarau Gorge)

  • Mount Cook to Wanaka - 3 hours

  • Franz Josef Glacier to Wanaka - 4 hours

  • Dunedin or Invercargill to Wanaka - 3.5 hours

  • Christchurch to Wanaka - 5 hours

suggested road travel itineraries

Here are some suggested ways of linking Wanaka into your South Island driving itinerary.

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