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 2021 event is the Lake Wanaka Centre. This is at 89 Ardmore Street, right on the lake front in Wanaka.

It’s a modern building and we 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.

We also use the Ruby’s Cinema and the Edgewater Hotel’s conference room. 

Click on the images below for larger views. 

Queenstown Venue information is below.

Book through the festival to secure a room for 1 or 2 as well as the highly sought after Festival Pass to all events. 

There are three hotels package deals for Wanaka and one for Queenstown: see all the packages available here.

We suggest you stay with one of our Hotel supporters:

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


Oakridge Resort

Situated just 3 kilometers from New Zealand’s stunning Lake Wanaka, Oakridge Resort is surrounded by beautiful mountains and is a great starting point for all your outdoor activities. Oakridge Resort looks forward to hosting you as your preferred Wanaka accommodation.


Bella Vista Wanaka

We are easy to find on Dunmore Street, located just 150 metres from Lake Wanaka and just a one minute walk to shops, restaurants, galleries and wine bars – you couldn’t ask for a better location.  We have ample safe parking, leave your car and explore on foot.


The Queenstown venue is at the the Queenstown Memorial Centre, 1 Memorial Street.

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.

We will host a one night Festival at The Gate (formally the Golden Gate Lodge).