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The Wanaka Bothy

The Wanaka Bothy


Established in 2014 and taken over by the Broons (Brown Family) in 2019 this was originally the Flying Kiwi Backpackers. The complex was originally home to Dr Dennis Pezaro of the Wanaka Medical Center and was an important location for the health and well being of residents in Wanaka over may years. Lookout for "Pezaro" corner as you head up Cardies.


The Wanaka Backpackers Bothy is a family-owned and locally-operated business with a love for the outdoors, adventure and travel. The Broons family are well-traveled and spend as much time as possible in the outdoors skiing, mountain biking, windsurfing, tramping and planning adventures. The Wanaka Backpackers Bothy aims to provide affordable accommodation that feels like home and is a safe environment to allow you to enjoy your stay and let Wanaka "find" you.


We are a customer-focused team and pride ourselves in providing a laid-back Wanaka experience mixed with good, Scottish hospitality. At the Bothy you will receive a warm welcome and find everything you need for a great stay in  Wanaka, whether you want a relaxed few days on a couch or an adventure-packed week of adrenaline activities; Wanaka Backpackers Bothy focuses on providing you with the base to explore, share and enjoy your time in Wanaka.

We look forward to welcoming you.




  • Free Unlimited Wifi

  • Communal Lounge and Chill Out Area

  • Quiet TV Lounge

  • Double and 8,6,4 Dorm Rooms

  • Long term rates available

  • Printer

  • Book Exchange Library

  • Board Games and Cards

  • Outdoor and BBQ Area

  • Hammocks and view of Roys Peak

  • Fully Equipped Kitchen including complimentary Tea, Coffee, Oil, Cadbury's Hot Chocolate (winter season only) and Sugar

  • Bike Hire and bike stand for running repairs. Our bikes are new 2020 Trek bikes

  • Ski/Board servicing area in Winter and Bike service area in summer

  • Ski/Board storage and drying room

  • Safe Street Car Parking

  • Washing Machines and Dryers (coins required)

  • Wheelchair Accessible Shower and Toilet

Available for FREE Hire:

  • Hotwater Bottles

  • Extra Blankets

  • Hairdryer

Long Stay

Long Term Accommodation for Seasonal Workers:

  • We have long term stay options for guests looking to work and live in Wanaka for the Winter and Summer seasons.

  • Secure

  • Located in Wanaka and close to all amenities, shops, and bars

  • Economical with no hidden costs

  • Free Unlimited Wifi

  • Supported and serviced 


To get in touch about our long stay options, Click here


Freedom Hub Day Guest 

We have a day guest option for Freedom Campers and travelers who do not have access to facilities normally. For a small charge, you can access the facilities including:

  • Unlimited Wifi

  • Laundry, Kitchen, and bathroom facilities all available

  • Full lounge access includes movies and television

  • Maps and local knowledge of activities and hikes

The Freedom Hub day guest system is available from 1130 and closes at 1700 to allow cleaning and the overnight guests the space to use the facilities. At times the Day Guest option may not be available due to numbers and fire regulations that we must comply with. If you decide to book in for the evening the Day guest fee will be deducted from your total bill.

What is a Bothy?

A Bothy is a mountain shelter designed to provide a safe and secure shelter for people enjoying the environment they are in. They are all over Scotland and similar to unserviced DOC huts.

Wanaka Backpackers Bothy provides the facilities, enthusiasm and encourages you to enjoy Wanaka and  Mt Aspiring National Park keeping these principles in mind.
  1. Respect your surroundings
  2. Respect others around you
  3. Respect the bothy

What is a Bothy
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