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arriving into Wānaka by air - via road from queenstown

Wānaka is within an hour's drive of Queenstown, where an international airport is situated, connecting the region to the world.

International flights from Australia's East Coast cities are provided by Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia, QANTAS Airways and Jetstar. There is a comprehensive domestic network of flights including numerous flights from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

If you are self-driving, leading rental car companies are located at Queenstown Airport. Alternatively check out hosted transfers from Queenstown Airport to Edgewater.

arriving into Wānaka by road

Driving through the spectacular South Island is inspiring and enlivening. Visitors often arrive in Wānaka via the Haast Pass, from the West Coast or alternatively through the heart of the Central South Island, via the Mackenzie region.

Soak up the awesome sight of Aoraki Mount Cook en-route from Christchurch. Dunedin is just over three hours drive from Wanaka.

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

Indicative Driving Times

•Queenstown to Wānaka- 1 hour (via Crown Range), 1.5 hours (via Kawarau Gorge/Cromwell)
•Aoraki Mount Cook to Wānaka - 3 hours
•Franz Josef Glacier to Wānaka - 4 hours
•Dunedin or Invercargill to Wānaka - 3.5 hours
•Christchurch to Wānaka - 5 hours

From the Crown Range

Arrive into Wanaka via the Crown Range (Cardrona Valley Road, which becomes McDougall Street), turn left at the lakefront into Ardmore Street which in turn becomes Wānaka-Mount Aspiring Road.  Turn right at the first roundabout  into Sargood Drive.  Edgewater is on the righthand side of the road less than 1 km drive from the roundabout.

From Christchurch/West Coast

As you arrive into Wānaka via State Highway 6 (from Christchurch via Aoraki Mount Cook).  State Highway 6 becomes State Highway 84 which in turn becomes Ardmore Street.  Continue through the heart of Wānaka- this road becomes Wānaka-Mount Aspiring Road.  Turn right at the first roundabout into Sargood Drive. Edgewater is on the righthand side of the road, less than 1km drive from the roundabout.

suggested south island itineraries

Here are some great ideas about how you can incorporate Wanaka into your South Island visit.

driving in new zealand

Visit this location - created by New Zealand's official NZ Transport Agency - about driving in New Zealand. It is in Chinese, traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai and Arabic.

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