Wanaka, South Island

Lake Hawea Hotel Restaurant 9

Lake Hawea Hotel Restaurant - lakefront, outdoor dining

Lake Hawea Hotel and Restaurant - absolute lakefront!

Lake Hawea Hotel Restaurant - superb family dining

Lake Hawea Hotel Restaurant - everyone loves pizza night!

Lake Hawea Hotel Restaurant - green-lipped mussels - a Kiwi fave!

Lake Hawea Hotel Restaurant - roasts are our speciality!

Lake Hawea Hotel Restaurant - delicious Kiwi fare.

Lake Hawea Hotel Restaurant - regular locals' specials!

Lake Hawea Hotel Restaurant - delicious Kiwi fare!

Lake Hawea Hotel Restaurant - cosy fireside or stunning lakeviews.

Lake Hawea Hotel - Family Dining

Lake Hawea Hotel, with two fantastic restaurants, is one of those secret New Zealand spots with an absolute WOW location that ticks every box for your family. 
Just 15 minutes from the centre of bustling Wanaka you can enjoy one of the region's most popular family restaurants.  So enjoy an active and exciting day then come visit Lake Hawea's top dining venues!
We're also open from breakfast right through to the end of the night with a tempting and varied all-day menu - a great spot to hang out, soak up the sun and those incredible views and relax inbetween your exploring, biking, fishing, swims or skiing!
And if one meal just isn't enough, come stay in our special holiday haven! 
See family accommodation options below.

Lake Hawea Hotel dining options

The Grill Room
The Grill Room is fast becoming a well established and respected dining room constantly ranking among the best Wanaka Restaurants. Log fires and stunning lake views make The Grill Room a perfect spot to enjoy modern kiwi cuisine.
The Stag's Head
Relax in our friendly bar and meet some locals!  Offering casual dining with a buzzy, outdoor area or cosy indoors.  Enticing pizza menu and lots of faves along with a kids' menu.

Check out our breakfast menu, all day menu and of course our kids' only menu >>
You will discover family favourites along with Kiwi specialities and inspired creations: gyoza dumplings, seafood chowder, fish and chips, high country salmon, burgers, steaks, pizza menu, green-lipped mussels, Burmese curry and so much more!


Lake Hawea Hotel accommodation options

Stylish new modern rooms have been recently completed and 6 family suites plus 3 studio suites make up our Wanaka hotel accommodation. 
To ensure a relaxing stay we have focused on sumptuous beds and a great bath and shower, all with their own balcony to enjoy one of New Zealand's finest lake views. 
Budget accommodation is also available in our hostel of 30 beds.

Family Suites - all with uninterrupted lake views.
Two sleeping areas with super king or twin downstairs and a double or twin plus single upstairs. Rollaway or cot options means these suites can sleep up to six.

Studio Rooms
King or twin bed plus rollaway option, sleeping up to three.

Lake Hawea hostel accommodation
Offering dorm beds, caravans for rent or tent sites.  Budget accommodation on a million-dollar site!

Map of New Zealand
  • Central Otago
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Coromandel
  • Dunedin
  • Gisborne
  • Fiordland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • North Canterbury
  • Manawatu
  • Nelson & Golden Bay
  • Northland
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Rotorua
  • Queenstown
  • Taranaki
  • South Canterbury
  • Taupo
  • Southland
  • Waikato
  • Wanaka
  • West Coast
  • Whangarei
  • Bay of Islands
  • Tauranga
  • Gisborne
  • Hamilton
  • Napier
  • Kapiti
  • Palmerston North
  • Whanganui
  • New Plymouth
  • Arrowtown
  • Te Anau
  • Akaroa
  • Ashburton
  • Hanmer
  • Kaikoura
  • Methven
  • Mt Cook
  • Oamaru
  • Tekapo
  • Timaru
  • Abel Tasman
  • Motueka
  • Nelson Lakes
  • Blenheim
  • Picton
  • Catlins
  • Gore
  • Stewart Island
  • Central Plateau
  • Invercargill
  • Cromwell
  • Greymouth
  • Hokitika
  • Westport
  • Glenorchy

Our favourite destinations…

Auckland destination2


New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!


Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.


With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.


With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.


Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!


Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.