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Wanaka Restaurants: Water Bar

Water Bar Wanaka

Lake Wanaka is a huge draw for this area and for good reason! It’s gorgeous and there are so many activities and places to go around the lake. One of the things we look for in a restaurant most is the view! If you’re in an area with an awesome lake, you want to be able to see it while you eat and relax! If you need a lunch or dinner recommendation, look no further than Water Bar Wanaka!

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Water Bar Wanaka is a great causal, laid back spot for lunch, but after knowing I could have watched the sunset at this spot, I wish we would have tried it for dinner!

If Ben and I aren’t sharing, I think I typically pick the better meal. This time, may have been different though. While my fries were really good, my wings were really different. Not a bad different, but seeing Ben’s jerk chicken bowl had me wishing I had gone with something more healthy feeling. He said it wasn’t really spicy, but it was good. One of the best things about Water Bar (besides the fact that you have a view of the water) is that they have a lot of beers from local breweries! I had Boundary Rd Brewery’s cider and Ben also tried one of their IPAs. His was good and mine tasted like apple juice, so we were both happy!

Travel Tip #30: Ask for tomato sauce, not ketchup.

For my fellow Americans, and anyone who eats ketchup, avoid being a noob and ask for tomato sauce instead!

What are your thoughts on these restroom doors? Let me know in the comments below. They were a little weird to me! So I knew I had to take a picture and share them!

Address: 145 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305

Other Suggestions for Your Trip to Wanaka

If you’ve read my other posts for Wanaka, all of the below will look familiar to you. However, if this is your first visit to my blog, here are the highlights and links to more suggestions on making your trip to Wanaka as special as mine!

Packing List – Below are the top four things I would recommend making sure you have in your bag for your trip to Wanaka, New Zealand! If you are interested in what else I packed, click here to see my Amazon packing list.

Where to Stay in Wanaka

We absolutely loved our Airbnb in Wanaka and would stay there again in a heartbeat! Click here to see some photos and the highlights of our time there. If you’d like to look around at some other options, click here for vacation rentals by owners. Additionally, check out the places to stay in Wanaka on They show both hotels and some rentals from owners, the best of both worlds! Just enter the dates you are interested in and voilà!

Places to Eat in Wanaka

I’ve included Water Bar Wanaka in my main Wanaka food post, but I’ve also included a bit more information on this and the other places I recommended in that post on the individual blog posts:

With this being shared during the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to reassure you it’s never to early to start planning your trip to New Zealand. Pin one of the below images for when you’re ready to start planning and need recommendations for Wanaka!

– Texan Travels

Our trip to New Zealand was amazing! Although, there were a few places and thing I wished I would have planned for better. Click here to view all the posts I will share from my trip to New Zealand to help shape your own trip and plan the best trip ever!

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