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Wanaka Venues for Hire - The Complete Guide

by Raashka Mannie | 25 Jun 2020

Wanaka rests on the southern tip of Lake Wanaka, offering stunning views of snowcapped mountains and glassy waters for miles on end. Known as the gateway to the Southern Alps' Mount Aspiring National Park, this resort town is known for a number of charming and luxurious venues. These venues can range from elegant lodges to historic hotels, surrounded by beech forests and refreshing facets of nature. Wanaka is an hour's drive from Queenstown, making it an ideal getaway location for events and functions. If you're looking for our guide to Queenstown venues, you can find it here.

Cardrona Terraces


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Barely 10 minutes from the centre of Wanaka, Cardrona Terraces is a luxury residence that embodies every sense of the word. Inspired by the early Spanish Missions of California, the unique architecture is further highlighted by its cosy and elegant interior. The Wanaka venue is surrounded by 42 acres of private land, available for exclusive hire and boasting incredible spaces for your Wanaka event. Cardrona Terraces can host up to 250 guests, and, as a villa, also provides on-site accommodation for up to 12 guests in their 6 gorgeous bedrooms. The venue features a flagstone courtyard, extensive outdoor area, heated swimming pool, lounge area, outdoor dining space and fireplace. Cardrona Terraces is the perfect Wanaka venue to host an opulent and private event.

 

Oasis Yurt Lodge


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Providing you with luxury yurt accommodation and venue options, Oasis Yurt Lodge is a Wanaka venue filled with character and unique charm. Their exclusive-hire venue includes tailored accommodation and multiple spaces to plan and host your event, from launches to dinners, with expertly manicured lawns and grounds for your private use. The Central Lodge, 6 Yurt Rooms and Tipi allow a multitude of options to stylise your Wanaka event, making Oasis Yurt Lodge one of the most coveted Wanaka venues around. They are the perfect choice for weddings, cocktail parties, conferences, team-building experiences and so much more, with the option of a marquee in case of wet weather or added guests.

 

Cardrona Alpine Resort


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As New Zealand's most popular ski area, Cardrona Alpine Resort has a name to live up to. This Wanaka venue has multiple venue options, including the Captain's Pizzeria, Base Café, The Mezz, Base Bar, Noodle Bar, Vista Bar and Lounge. With a maximum capacity of 250 guests, Cardrona Alpine Resort is one of Wanaka's most versatile venues around, featuring incredible on-site catering from talented chefs. Their events team is equally on the ball, helping you to plan and host a fantastic function, whether it's a gala dinner or conference, as well as offering on-site accommodation for you and your guests. Part of Wayfare, Cardrona Alpine Resort is committed to excellence in every sense of the word, ensuring that your Wanaka event will be as glorious as you imagined.

 

Edgewater Hotel


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With bragging rights as the only accommodation in all of Wanaka on the shores of the lake, Edgewater Hotel is a Wanaka venue with extraordinary views. This venue includes facilities such as a curated gift shop, all-day spa, tennis court, and so much more. When it comes to hosting functions, their professional team is there to offer you all the help and assistance you need. They have several spaces and rooms to choose from for your Wanaka event, whether you're hosting an intimate meeting for a handful or a cocktail party for up to 140 guests. They also offer on-site catering options, as well as a selection of in-house audiovisual equipment for your event (including sound systems, projectors, lecterns and more). Edgewater Hotel has on-site accommodation in any one of their cushy rooms, making this Wanaka venue a perfect option for your lakeside event.

 

Lake Wanaka Cruises


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If you've ever wanted to charter a luxury catamaran, here's your chance. Lake Wanaka Cruises is all about creating a unique and unforgettable experience. You can host your cocktail party, dinner and more on their 16-meter boat, Dual Image, able to host up to 49 lucky guests. Dual Image is fully licensed, equipped with refrigeration, gas BBQ, sound systems, tables, crockery and glassware for most occasions. They also have trap shooting and fishing gear on board to add to the fun. Organise a cruise to Mou Waho Island or simply glide around the lake as you toast one another. Lake Wanaka Cruises is dedicated to providing an extraordinary experience, happy to host lunch cruises, fishing expeditions, clay bird shooting, and so much more.

 

The Olive Grove


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Primarily a wedding venue, The Olive Grove is an open and natural space to host your wedding or celebratory function. Choose to have an intimate garden wedding with all your closest loved ones, or set up a marquee and expand into something bigger and more glamorous. Their grounds have been expertly landscaped with natural stone and trees to alleviate the heat on warmer days. Mature olive trees line the space and act as a makeshift aisle for the couple to make their way down. The Olive Grove offers lovely views of natural farmland and Lake Wanaka, extending to a Kanuka reserve and Ruby Island. With so much flexibility, it's no wonder that this Wanaka wedding venue is a favourite amongst so many for a destination wedding. It offers you all the feeling of a getaway wedding, steeped in nature and with the handy addition of Billie's Cottage: a quaint space that can be used for last-minute touch-ups, changing, relaxing and so much more.

 

Websters on Wanaka


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Websters on Wanaka brings you boutique luxury lodge accommodation, featuring bed and breakfast on 2 acres of land surrounded by native greenery and serene alpine views. This Wanaka venue was designed with luxury in mind, with features such as a spa pool, open terraces, ensuite rooms, complimentary WiFi, and so much more. Their rooms include the Cardrona Room, the crown jewel of the space, and Alpine Peak Apartment, a compact and self-contained apartment. Available for both partial and exclusive hire, Websters on Wanaka is a great space to hold smaller events, including quiet meetings or team building activities with rest and relaxation on the agenda.

 

Bar Number 8


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Take a gander at the best view in town with Bar Number 8. This cocktail bar sits near the edge of Lake Wanaka, offering splendid views from their iconic rooftop bar terrace. If it's too cold to venture out, then snuggle up near the fireside with a delicious drink. Bar Number 8 specialises in less formal events with a lot of character and good times to be shared. Their team is fun and full of expertise, here to make your Wanaka event stand out from the crowd. Not only do they know how to take care of the entertainment (whether you're after live music or a DJ), but they've got connections to some of the best caterers in town to make sure that your function runs as smoothly as possible. Have your next cocktail party, à la carte dining experience or whatever you please with Bar Number 8, a Wanaka venue that knows how to throw a party that you and your guests won't soon forget.

 

Alpine View Lodge


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Alpine View Lodge makes the best of everything Wanaka has to offer. Featuring self-contained and Lifestyle Accommodation, landscaped gardens, plenty of amenities and free on-site parking, this Wanaka venue is all about creating a beautiful space for rest and functions. Host your event in their lovely gardens: 4 acres of manicured greenery, with on-site accommodation options and complimentary WiFi. Stroll through the gardens with a cocktail in hand as you look out at Roys Peak, or set up a marquee for you and your guests to dine in. With the former option, Alpine View Lodge can host up to 80 guests; with the latter, 30. Their team is happy to help with suppliers for your Wanaka event, working with a list of preferred vendors that have previously done bespoke functions with them. Alpine View Lodge also has the option of booking several adventurous activities, from scenic tours to day cruises.

 

Puzzling World


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Let yourself be swept away by Puzzling World, a unique space in Wanaka that welcomes the strangest puzzles around. They boast an exciting blend of bizarre buildings, rooms of illusion and the world-famous Great Maze. Welcoming over 4 million since 1973, it's no wonder that Puzzling World remains one of Wanaka's go-to venues. Choose to use this space as an indoor or outdoor venue, with a capacity of 399 guests. Surrounded by the best work by some of New Zealand's most celebrated sculptors, Puzzling World gives you the opportunity to wow your guests. Their spaces include the Sculptillusion Gallery and Puzzle Centre (with or without maze and Illusion Room access), with the added option of exclusive hire of the entire venue. Puzzling World also offers a light menu as an on-site catering option, as well as guided tours and a maze race for an added thrill. With Puzzling World, you're hosting an interactive event like none other.

 

Wanaka Alpine Lodge


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A semi-rural location framed by the Southern Alps, Wanaka Alpine Lodge is a purpose-built lodge set on nearly 2 acres of land and facing Mt Iron. Only 3km from the town's centre, Wanaka Alpine Lodge is a popular spot for activity and events, also offering boutique accommodation for you and your guests. As a venue, Wanaka Alpine Lodge specialises in hosting intimate weddings. They can cater for up to a maximum of 10 guests, with exclusive use of the lodge and a number of reception and ceremony locations to choose between. The team at Wanaka Alpine Lodge is there to help you every step of the way, from arranging transport to planning your breakfast. This Wanaka wedding venue is one of the cosiest spaces to say 'I do,' as well as one of the most beautiful.

 

The Lookout Lodge


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The Lookout Lodge is a Wanaka venue that offers it all, hosting exclusive events of every kind: product launches, conferences, seminars, meetings and so much more. With its gorgeous alpine surroundings and private location, it's no mystery as to why this venue is such a popular choice with event planners. The Lookout Lodge features tons of natural light, cosy on-site accommodation for up to 18 guests, a professional kitchen for your caterer's use, a walk-in chiller for all beverages and delicacies, patios and open lawns for breakaway spaces and events alike, and a large marquee for outdoor functions. The Lookout Lodge can host over 120 guests and makes for a wonderful Wanaka venue, with audiovisual facilities and a myriad of catering options.

 

Corbridge Woolshed


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Corbridge Woolshed rests on 800 acres of rolling fields and humbled by surrounding mountain ranges. The once working woolshed presents a timeless representation of Central Otago and is a centrepiece in this Wanaka venue. Lovingly refurbished in 2014, this venue features gas heating throughout, hardwood flooring, designed lighting, audiovisual technology and much more. Their spaces include The Woolshed, Grounds, Container Bar and Farm. Spread out across manicured lawns, Corbridge Woolshed offers plenty of space for your event, be it a wedding or a corporate function. They can host up to 500 people and have a variety of packages for every event type, with a quick and efficient team on hand to help with the planning of your function. For added convenience, Corbridge Woolshed is just a 5-minute drive from Wanaka Township and a short trip over the hill from Queenstown.

 

Lake Wanaka Centre


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In the heart of Wanaka's cute township is Lake Wanaka Centre, built from natural timbers and locally stacked stone, and set within landscaped grounds along the clear waters of Bullock Creek. The interior is contemporary and well-lit, with a modern bar and kitchen to boot, flowing onto an outside deck. Lake Wanaka Centre can host up to 500 guests cocktail-style and is flexible in its myriad of uses, making it one of the more popular venues in Wanaka. Aside from their primary space, the Main Auditorium, they also have 2 meeting rooms (to be used for smaller gatherings, breakaway rooms and the like) as well as an orchestra pit. Additional facilities include conference furniture, in-house public address system, high-end sound and light infrastructure, air conditioning and three-phase power.

 

Criffel Station


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Criffel Station offers you a unique and memorable Wanaka venue for your function. The space is a gorgeous and carefully restored woolshed, perfect for anything from cocktail celebrations to seminars for your team. They can host anywhere from 5 to 500 people, making Criffel Station great for both small and large events. Their events management team is available to help with the planning and running of your function, and they have a range of added bonuses to make everything all the more straightforward, including planned activities, delicious on-site catering, on-site accommodation and transportation options. Criffel Station also features The Faculty: a group of handpicked coaches and experts, here to help you and your team with everything from leadership skills to personal development.

 

Maple Lodge


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Maple Lodge is a boutique bed and breakfast lodge located in the lovely alpine resort of Lake Wanaka. Taste the Kiwi life with style at this venue, with stunning views of the mountains and a 5-minute drive from the centre of town. Maple Lodge features extensive gardens, a modest dining room and a clear-sided pavilion marquee for your event needs. You can host your function with them and rest assured that everything is in the hands of experts, their team able to put you in touch with excellent vendors. They can host up to 40 guests inside and 90 with the marquee, making for a superb venue choice no matter the season. You can also choose to book the lodge for cosy on-site accommodation, which is sure to delight both you and your guests.

 

Rippon


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Since 1975, Rippon comes with a wealth of history and experience to match. With biodynamic farming and stunning views of Central Otago, this vineyard venue offers Rippon Hall as its primary function space. It boasts views of the vineyard and Lake Wanaka, Ruby Island, the Southern Alps and beyond. The walls are made from compacted earth from Rippon hillside, with trusses and beams built from timber from their own forest. This event space is as earthy and wholesome as they come, open to hosting up to 300 guests and available for any number of functions. Rippon's on-site events manager will be with you every step of the way to help plan your Wanaka event, whether you're looking to host a small meeting of a few colleagues or a cocktail gathering for hundreds.

 

Cardrona Hotel


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With a relaxed and charming atmosphere, Cardrona Hotel is one of Wanaka's most iconic wedding venues. First established in 1863, Cardrona Hotel is on the Crown Range Road between Queenstown and Wanaka. They provide the chance for both garden and church ceremonies, with a host of reception packages to suit anyone and everyone. Cardrona Hotel can cater for up to 250 guests, with an experienced functions manager and a team of superb chefs to ensure that fine dining will take new meaning at your wedding. Whether you choose the sprawling, green gardens as your wedding space, the historic hotel or the lovingly restored church, Cardrona Hotel will make your day one for the ages.

 

Lake Hawea View


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Lake Hawea View is a homestead resting above the tranquil waters of, you guessed it, Lake Hawea. When it comes to hosting events, this venue offers so much versatility and beauty. Surrounded by 25 acres of greenery, Lake Hawea View can host up to 100 guests and has several packages for you to choose between. With their intimate events, you can host 36 guests with 3 to 4 nights of accommodation, exclusive use of the property, full support from Lake Hawea View's event coordinator, several event supplies and cleaning. If you choose to have a grander event, you'll have all of the above, as well as a marquee or tent constructed to host your extra guests. Although Lake Hawea View specialises in weddings, they're more than happy to host corporate events such as cocktail parties, formal dinners and more.

 

Glendhu Station


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Glendhu Station is a family-owned high country station that is settled on the shores of Lake Wanaka. This space extends over 1,200 hectares of organically certified land, farming livestock by organic and biological methods. It's a venue that believes in doing work the old-fashioned way and thrives for it. As a function space, Glendhu Station features a woolshed that is perfect for conferences, workshops, theatre performances and weddings. Your event can spill onto their blooming gardens so you can drink in the crisp air and mountain views. Inside the woolshed, there are 2 spaces (Lake Side and Mountain Side) that can be used as a single, flowing space if wanted. Rustic and wholesome, Glendhu Station is a Wanaka venue that is sure to bring a sense of tranquillity to your event.

 

Cardrona Valley Lodge


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Brand new and beautiful, Cardrona Valley Lodge is a bed and breakfast lodge at the foothills of the majestic Cardrona Valley mountain range. This space is the closest accommodation to Cardrona Alpine Ski Resort and the Snow Farm. It offers 5 deluxe rooms, including the Red Stag King Room, Fallow Deer King Room, Elk King Room and White Tail Deer Suite. They are all exquisitely furnished and evoke a rustic alpine lodge feel. Cardrona Valley Lodge also offers meals in the evening, perfect for you and guests to unwind over a glass of wine over, and allows for the exclusive booking of the entire lodge for your event. Facilities include complimentary WiFI, on-site parking, fruit picking, outdoor dining spaces, a hot tub, and many fun activities for you and your guests.

 

Rove Café and Bar


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Rove Café and Bar is Wanaka's best eatery and entertaining space, hands down. They have an inspired menu, incredible drinks and a team that knows how to host a spectacular event. They specialise in a mix of events, from cocktail parties to intimate soirées, and have a passion for helping to create unforgettable functions. They can manage every detail of your event, awarding you with bespoke catering options, customised cocktails, live entertainment, and so much more. Located in the heart of the township, this Wanaka venue is easy to access and even features a crackling indoor fire. With Rove Café and Bar, your event will be taken care of from start to finish.

 

Wanaka Golf Club


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An 18-hole golf course framed by mountains and overlooking the beloved Lake Wanaka, Wanaka Golf Club is 45 minutes from Queenstown and an essential facet of the township's identity. The course was established in 1922 and has flourished ever since, especially with Central Otago serving as such a popular golfing destination. As a venue, Wanaka Golf Club has the Clubhouse, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, a sheltered patio, full bar and catering facilities, audiovisual technology, a fireplace, on-site parking and a capacity of up to 200 guests. When it comes to on-site catering, Wanaka Golf Club is equipped to help you plan an excellent menu for your function.

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