Wanaka – the host town for the NZMFF

Lake Wanaka’s spectacular location at the foot of the Southern Alps with the wilderness of the Mt Aspiring National Park nearby makes it a magnet for outdoor lovers the world over. Visitors come to go boating, hiking, climbing, skiing or mountain biking, just to name just a few.

A lively town buzzing with a carefree spirit, Wanaka’s picture-perfect location and easy access to the outdoors makes it the ultimate base.

The lakeside town of Wanaka can provide you with an appealing mix of fine living, family fun and adventure. It has a high concentration of cafes, restaurants and interesting shops. It’s obvious that the Wanaka district is  obsessed with adventure.

To find out more about what to see and do in Lake Wanaka – click here.

Wanaka Venue Locations

The main Film & Book Festival venue for the 2020 event is the Armstrong Room in the Lake Wanaka Centre. This is at 89 Ardmore Street, right on the lake front in Wanaka.. It will have 100 seats if the governments alert level allows that many.

We will also use the Wanaka Community Hub at 34 McDougall Street and Edgewater Hotel’s conference room. 

In 2021 we’ll go back to using the large auditorium in the Lake Wanaka Centre. It’s a modern building and we usually set up a 350 seat tiered theatre, huge six metre screen and big stereo sound. Also in the Lake Wanaka Centre is our Café / Bar serving cold beer, wine and juice. Hot freshly baked muffins and cookies, amongst other snacks. Look for the Nepalese Prayer Flags.

Our other Wanaka venues sometimes include Ruby’s Cinema and Edgewater Hotel.

Click on the images below for larger views.  Scroll below the photos for more detailed information including Queenstown information.

Unfortunately we are not offering package deals for 2020.

We suggest you stay with one of our Hotel supporters:
  • Edgewater Hotel
  • Wanaka Heights Motel
  • Matterhorn South
  • Wanaka Hotel.
All are listed below with more information:

Edgewater Hotel

With lawns stretching right to the water’s edge of Lake Wanaka, Edgewater is a welcoming retreat. Explore the best that Wanaka has to offer, whether you’re looking to be inspired or you’ve made some plans already. The Edgewater team are here to make your stay memorable.

Wanaka Heights Motel

Wanaka Heights offers guests friendly, affordable, comfortable accommodation with amazing lake and mountain views. We are situated on a high rise overlooking Wanaka township, a 5-minute walk to the lake front, restaurants, bars and 30-minute drive to ski fields.

Matterhorn South Lodge & Backpackers.

The Matterhorn South offers a range of Accommodation, from backpacker rooms to lodge rooms, located only five minutes walk to the main festival Venue it is the perfect location for your Festival Accommodation.

Wanaka Hotel

Wanaka Hotel is centrally located in Wanaka town center offering 3 Star Hotel Accommodation in Wanaka right next door to the main Festival venue.

Accommodation consists of Studio Hotel rooms with Ensuite Bathroom, TV, Tea and Coffee making Facilities.  There is an Onsite Guest Kitchen and Laundry.  Free unlimited Wifi and off street parking.

Book Direct on their website https://wanakahotel.co.nz/

The Queenstown venue is at the the Queenstown Memorial Centre, 1 Memorial Street and the Lake Hayes Pavilion at 1/719 Gibbston Highway, Frankton, Lake Hayes.

We suggest you stay with our Queenstown Hotel supporter:

Hotel St Moritz Queenstown

Idyllically situated in the heart of Queenstown and with wonderful views overlooking Lake Wakatipu to the Remarkables mountain range, Hotel St Moritz embodies the spirit of its location. Blending understated luxury with warmth, and genuine hospitality, Hotel St Moritz offers a choice of rooms and suites, each handsomely appointed to cleverly blend timeless classics with modern essentials. Hotel St Moritz features Lombardi Restaurant, Bar and Library, a gymnasium, and hot tub garden.
There is no Cromwell event in 2020. But in 2021 we will host it at The Gate (formally the Golden Gate Lodge).