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.

We suggest you stay with one of our Hotel supporters, Edgewater Hotel and Bella Vista Motel Wānaka are our hotels 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.





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.