Wanaka Bakpaka
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Wanaka Bakpaka has a beautiful view overlooking Lake Wanaka and the mountains which can be enjoyed for all year round. This is the only hostel on the lakefront overlooking Lake Wanaka and Mt Roy.

The stunning lake view can be enjoyed from our lounge, dining room and garden terrace. Our lounge area is T.V free which allows guests to relax, and enjoy a nice glass of wine or chat with fellow travellers.

The hostel is only a 5-10 minute walk away from the town centre and within a walking distance to some of Wanaka’s most famous attractions such as the “Tree in the Lake”, Cinema Paradiso, Mt Iron and Puzzling world as well as the cute boutique shops Wanaka has to offer.

We offer a ‘bus and large group’ free ambience and a lovely garden terrace in order to relax during your travels.

The hostel has a plenty of private rooms and 3,4 & 6 bed bunk rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Our other amenities include a fully equipped communal kitchen and laundry facilities as well as a BBQ, herb garden and bike hire.

Phone +6434437837

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What do the guests say?


4.5/5 (TripAdvisor)


Guests have commented on the cleanliness of the rooms, the spacious private rooms and the wide variety of amenities. Wanaka Bakpaka has excellent common areas making it a great to socialise or relax and view the lake.

The backpackers is within walking distance of many great places to eat and see.


Compliment the cleanliness


Say the location is great


Say the rooms are excellent


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What are the rooms like?


Hostel amenities

Along with the facilities and ensuites (available with certain rooms), Wanaka Bakpaka provides their guests with plenty more amenities. If you have any questions, let us know.

parking Parking – guest carpark for 30 cars located onsite.
smoking Smoking – rooms are smoke free, guests can smoke outside in the courtyard
kitchen Kitchen – large, fully equipped communal kitchen. Complimentary coffee and tea provided.
lounge Lounge – a spacious lounge with lake and mountain views and a fireplace.
laundry Laundry – coin operated washing machines and dryers. Laundry powder available at reception.
storage Storage – storage available for luggage or personal items.
bbq BBQ area – a free BBQ and outdoor seating located in our garden overlooking the lake.
garden Herb garden – free herbs and lemons from our garden.
games Book exchange & board games – enjoy a game night with friends or a relaxed evening of reading.
bike hire Bike hire – town and mountain bikes available.
ski gear Drying room for ski gear – available in winter months.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to walk into the centre of town?

Wanaka Bakpaka hostel is situated only a 5-10min walk away from the town centre, most cafes/restaurants and the supermarket.

Can I hire a bike?

Yes, Wanaka Bakpaka offers two types of bike rentals. We have town bikes and mountain bikes available.

Can I check in after reception closes at 7pm?

Yes, if you arrive late, we will leave a key in an envelope with your name on the reception desk. The envelope will have instructions on how to find your room. There is also an onsite staff member that can help you if needed.

Does the hostel have parking?

Yes, we have a free carpark for our guests.

Which time of the year is the best to visit Wanaka?

Wanaka is a great place to visit any time of the year. It’s a great spring and summer destination for mountain biking, hiking and various water activities on the lake. In autumn it is a great place to relax and take in the beautiful colours and scenery. In winter it is one of the top ski destinations in New Zealand with Cardrona and Treble Cone ski fields located just a short drive away.

What are the most exciting activities to do in Wanaka?

Wanaka definitely has something to offer for everyone. Some of the most exciting activities include skydiving, paragliding, canyoning, acrobatic flights and heli-skiing in winter. Come see us at reception for ideas and suggestions.

Hostel location

Wanaka Bakpaka is located at 117 Lakeside Road, Wanaka. Some of the activities near this location are:

  • Hikes & walks (the Lake Wanaka tree, Mt Iron, Waterfall creek, the Outlet track, Roys peak)
  • Mountain biking
  • Stand up paddling and kayaking
  • Frisbee golf
  • Paradiso and Rubys cinemas
  • Indoor climbing gym
  • Puzzling world
  • Wine tasting at Rippon vineyard
  • Rhyme & Reason brewery