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Inside New Zealand’s best hotel: Lakeside Apartments

By , November 11, 2015

Want to know where travellers are most satisfied with their hotel experience, or where you should spend your next staycation?

Well, we’ve pulled more than 140 million traveller ratings from trivago to reveal the best hotel in New Zealand: Lakeside Serviced Apartments in Lake Wanaka. The hotel had the highest online user-ratings in the country – now that’s impressive. Friendly staff, spacious rooms and breathtaking views were all part of the reason why holidaymakers loved the accommodation.

The rooms

Great for family and group travel

“This is a FANTASTIC hotel. It was like home, good view and very comfortable! Everything was clean and the staff were very friendly!“ – Kaiying, Adelaide

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Lakeside Apartments offers comfortably appointed apartments ideal for families and groups, with the option of spacious one-, two, or three-bedroom suites.

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Each apartment is serviced daily and offers either direct access to the pool or sunset views, while the rooftop penthouse boasts 180 degree views of Lake Wanaka as well as a private six-person spa and barbeque.

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The suites are also great for entertaining, with outdoor terraces provided in each – perfect for al fresco dining or evening drinks.

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In addition to a pool, there’s also a spa and communal barbeque provided on the ground floor – ideal for socialising or winding down after a day out.

The surroundings

Pristine mountains and crystal-clear waters of Lake Wanaka

“Superb accommodation in a stunning location … to wake up to breathtaking views every morning made my stay a memorable one… 5 Stars.” – Pfarmer, Melbourne

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Imagine waking up to clouds rolling over snow-capped mountains, deep-blue waters and a rugged horizon of glaciers, rock ridges and snow-capped summits. Located in the town of Wanaka on the south side of the lake, Lakeside Serviced Apartments overlooks this area of outstanding natural beauty and offers unparalleled access to nature.

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The pristine wilderness of Mt Aspiring National Park and Cardrona ski fields are right on the accommodation’s doorstep. Not only do hiking and biking trails start only a few footsteps away, but skiers can also book a private transfer or chaperone service to the slopes.


“Great cycle rides around the lake, great walks too.” – William, Southport

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Whether you prefer an adrenaline kick or would rather spend your days kicking back on a boat or sampling the region’s produce, Lake Wanaka is perfect for any visitor looking for a breath of fresh mountain air. Hiking, mountain biking, skiing and various water sports are good options to work up a healthy sweat, whereas adrenaline junkies may want to try skydiving or paragliding for the ultimate bird’s eye experience.

For a relaxed getaway, feel free to wine and dine your way through Wanaka, or relax with a book by one of the picturesque beaches within walking distance of the accommodation.

Good to know

  • Keep the kids entertained with a selection of board games – just ask reception
  • All beds are fitted with electric blankets. There’s even floor heating to keep your toes toasty
  • Laundry facilities and complimentary washing powder are provided in each room
  • Travelling by car? Single, secure garages are provided for each room
  • Hassle-free skiing services are catered for – you can have rental ski equipment custom-fitted in the comfort of your own room

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