Wanaka, New Zealand

Riverrun is set on an escarpment and surrounded by 500 acres of private land bordering New Zealand’s largest river, the Clutha. It is a magnificent base from which to explore Lake Wanaka and Mt Aspiring National Park, in the heart of the Southern Alps.

Please be aware that Riverrun is no longer part of our portfolio of properties in New Zealand. If you are looking to book a stay in this area, please contact one of our New Zealand travel consultants who can suggest alternative accommodation in Lake Wanaka and beyond.

At a Glance

  • Just a 5-minute (5kms) drive from Wanaka township

  • Set on a 500 acre farm on an escarpment with magnificent mountain views and bordering two rivers

  • Stunning panoramic mountain views

  • The lodge takes a maximum of 10 people

  • An abundance of walks and bike trails

Couples, Adventure, Family, Honeymoon

Insider's View

If you manage to find some time for a good lunch, I would highly recommend Bistro Centro. It's right on the top of the hill, with beautiful views. The selling factor for me was the wine tasting station.

Katie Kennard

Insider's View

Spend half a day on Mou Waho Island on Lake Wanaka, where you can enjoy a stunning walk to enjoy the lake at its best, plus picnic and even a swim from one of the beaches should you be tempted.

Sarah Rowan

Insider's View

Take a hike or jog up Mount Iron one morning or afternoon for some superb views over Lake Wanaka and the mountains.

Scott Dunn team

To start planning your vacation to Riverrun


The lodge boasts magnificent mountain views in a very secluded setting, just a 5-minute (5kms) drive from Wanaka town. The land borders two rivers, with an abundance of walks and bike trails - bikes are available to borrow from the lodge.

The lodge takes a maximum of just 10 people, so it has a personal feel to it and, unless taken on an exclusive basis, does not allow children under the age of 8, helping retain its peaceful nature. The lodge has a home-from-home feel with two lounges, each with open fireplaces, a dining room, offering in-house dining for guests by prior arrangement with a great local wine list, a guest tea/coffee room with fridge, iron, glasses, cookies/fruit, complimentary sparkling water and juice that you can help yourself to, plus fishing rods, walking poles, maps etc. and laundry on request. The outdoor hot tub is in a stunning setting to enjoy the evening sun, feeling a million miles from anywhere.

There are two Cardrona rooms, with queen beds and three Clutha rooms with either super-king beds or two single beds, all enjoying the mountain views. The delightful owner will make you feel welcome and relaxed from your arrival and has a great depth of knowledge of the local area, which really enhances your stay.

Wanaka is a breathtakingly beautiful small town in the South Island, where you can explore local art galleries, cafes and craft shops, or go for lakeside and riverside walks and island boat excursions. The area is a mecca for outdoor adventure, with an abundance of activities to choose from. Riverrun is the perfect base from where to take advantage of all that Wanaka has to offer.


Two Cardrona rooms, with queen beds and three Clutha rooms with either super-king beds or two single beds.

Cardrona Room
Clutha Room


No children under 8, unless taken on an exclusive basis.


Dining room with in-house dining for guests by prior arrangement. Fully licensed with wine list featuring Central Otago wines. Guest tea/coffee room with guest fridge, iron, glasses, cookies/fruit, complimentary sparkling water, juices.

Location & Directions

Wanaka, New Zealand

The lodge is on a 500 acre riverside property 5 minutes drive (5 kms) from Wanaka township. It is on 86 Halliday Road, an unsealed road off SH6.

When to go

The climate in New Zealand is incredibly pleasant, with warm and balmy summers and cold crisp winter months with wonderful clear, blue skies. The warmer high-season months of November to April are perfect for outdoor exploration. The colder months of June to August are the best time to ski.

Both North and South Islands are drier on the east coast, rather than on the west, where mountain ranges act as a trap for the moisture-rich winds from the Tasman Sea. It is also worth remembering that it is usually a few degrees cooler on the South Island than the North Island and as New Zealand has a maritime climate, the weather can change rapidly.

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