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. 

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Queenstown Venue information is below.

Book through the festival to secure a room for three or six nights in Wanaka or Queenstown with tickets to see six or 10 shows. 

 Wanaka is sold out, book Queenstown here.

We suggest you stay with one of our Hotel supporters, Edgewater Hotel is our hotel of choice:

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.


See all the accomodation and Festival ticket packages available here.


Oakridge Resort Wanaka

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.


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Bella Vista Motel Wānaka

At a prime location in a quiet street close to the center of town, Bella Vista Lake Wānaka invites visitors to experience its friendly service and modern motel units at competitive rates.

A short stroll to the festival venue, lake, cafe’s restaurants and wine bars.


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

We suggest you stay with our Queenstown Hotel supporter; Novotel Queenstown Lakeside:

A hotel that makes every moment matter, just a few minutes walk from the Festival venue at Queenstown Memorial Centre.

Centrally located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, treat yourself to 4-star tranquility at Novotel Queenstown Lakeside Hotel. Start your day fresh with a breath of mountain air from your hotel room balcony and a delicious buffet breakfast in the airy restaurant. Your hotel room will be waiting for you after a long day of soaking up Queenstown’s natural beauty.

Enjoy Queenstown’s natural beauty from your hotel room as you look over the tranquil Lake Wakatipu or venture further out and experience some of the adventure sports Queenstown is known for such as bungee jumping off Kawarau Gorge Suspension bridge. Our hotel is located in the midst of the local fine dining precinct and just 15 minutes from the airport, making it the ideal base for your Queenstown adventure holiday.

 See all the packages available here.