Wanaka Lavender Farm: Best time to visit + the ultimate guide

Last Updated on May 15, 2022 by ashleighsatlas

Are you thinking of visiting the Wanaka Lavender Farm? Or wondering what the best time to visit the Wanaka Lavender Farm is? 

I was supposed to go to Provence in 2020 to see the lavender fields, but we can all guess what happened to that trip…

So when I moved to Wanaka last year I was patiently waiting for lavender season so I could visit. 

I have to admit, I had quite low expectations before I went. I’d driven past the Wanaka Lavender Farm quite a few times and seen the Instagram photos. I just assumed it was that one field you can see from the road with the famous purple door all over Instagram. 

I thought I’d get a couple of nice Insta photos and leave. 

But the Wanaka Lavender Farm was so much better (and bigger) than I expected. 

Maybe this means I don’t need to go to Provence anymore? (Don’t be silly. You can never frolic around a field of flowers in a pretty dress too many times). 

Keep reading for my complete guide to the Wanaka Lavender Farm, including the best time to visit, whether it’s worth visiting, the best spots to take photos, and all my top tips. 

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TOP TIPS 

Is the Wanaka Lavender Farm worth visiting?  

YES!!! The Wanaka Lavender Farm is definitely worth visiting. 

I have been to a lot of lavender fields, including Bridestown Lavender Farm in Tasmania, the biggest lavender farm in the world. 

The Wanaka Lavender Farm is one of the best lavender fields I’ve ever been to (and I’ve been to a lot). 

There are multiple lavender fields spread out over the farm, with other (non-lavender) gardens, ponies and Highland Coos dotted around in between (which made this honorary Scot a little homesick for Scotland). 

There are lots of cute little areas set up for photos. I mean, if there’s a purple tractor in a lavender field, that’s what it’s for, right? 

There’s also a really cute shop and café with the cutest Instagrammable interiors (basically my requirement if I like something or not…)

This is what I love most about the Wanaka Lavender Farm compared to other lavender farms. It’s not just one big long lavender field, but lots of separate little areas and things to do. 

Would I drive all the way from Queenstown just to visit the lavender field? Probably yes. But I also love flowers and lavender fields. So it depends if you’re into that kind of thing. (If you’re reading this post, I assume you like a lavender field). 

Read my Ultimate Wanaka Travel Guide if you’re looking for other things to add to your Wanaka bucket list.

Wanaka Lavender Farm best time to visit?

Are you wondering what the best time to visit the Wanaka Lavender Farm is? 

I’ve been driving past the Wanaka Lavender Farm regularly to see what the lavender looks like.

The best time to visit is during lavender season – December to February – when the lavender is in bloom. 

The lavender is just starting to come into bloom in December. It’s still pretty, but it won’t be as full as later in the season so I’d recommending waiting until then if you can.

If you want to see the lavender when it looks the best, I’d go between mid-January and February. These pictures were taken in mid-January. The majority of the lavender was fully blooming and it looked so beautiful.

(The lavender is also really nice in early January – but it’s school holidays and Wanaka gets super busy then, so avoid the Christmas holidays. That’s why I recommend going after mid-January when the school holidays are over!).

If you go outside the lavender season, you won’t see any lavender. It might still be nice to pop into the shop and café, see the other gardens (they have beautiful gardens full of other flowers), and the animals. 

But if you can – definitely try and go during lavender season. 

If you’re wondering the best time to visit other lavender farms in New Zealand, it will be the same as the Wanaka Lavender Farm Season. The best time to see lavender in New Zealand is December to February.

How long to spend at the Wanaka Lavender Farm?

I was there longer than I thought. I thought I’d just pop in for 10 minutes, take some photos, and leave. I stayed for around an hour. 

(Although to be fair, I got a bit carried away with my photoshoot and had multiple outfit changes. Most people probably don’t need to factor in time to get changed in the bushes to make a cute reel). 

  • Allow around 30-60 minutes to walk around the fields, take some photos, look at the animals, and stop at the shop. 
  • Allow longer if you want to go to the cafe. 

Best places to take photos at the Lavender Farm Wanaka? 

There are so many good spots to take Instagrammable photos at the Wanaka Lavender Farm.

It will depend on the time of year and which lavender bushes (is that what they’re called?) are most in bloom. 

These are some of my favourite spots. 

  1. Purple door at the far field near the road – I mean, it’s a classic. 
  2. Lavender field near the donkeys – this was my favourite field. The lavender was the prettiest, and the lavender slopes down a hill so you can get really good shots from the top. This was the best spot to get the classic “walking through the lavender fields” photos. 
  3. Purple tunnel that goes under the road – I love a colourful wall (or tunnel). 
  4. Purple tractor at the field furthest from the road – I didn’t think I was into a tractor photo, but couldn’t help myself. There are two purple tractors – one by the road/ near the purple door (super busy and has an ugly open sign on the tractor), and one at the field on the opposite side of the farm. Go to the tractor furthest from the road/purple door for the best unobstructed photos. 
  5. Purple posts near the second tractor – again, I didn’t really think I was into a cheesy photo here, but my husband made me pose there and it was kinda fun and cute. 

Other top tips

  1. The only option to get there is driving or taxi. The Wanaka Lavender Farm is 5km out of town in the countryside so you can’t really walk there, and there’s no public transport. 
  2. Go early in the morning to miss the crowds. Also avoid Christmas holidays unless you want to be in Wanaka with 90% of Auckland. I said it above but it’s so important I’m saying it again. 
  3. Stop at the Wanaka Lavender Farm shop and café. They’re very cute and Instagrammable and sell lots of lovely lavender-themed treats. 
  4. Stay on the paths. Don’t try to jump over the lavender. That’s how I got stung by a bee.
  5. Explore the whole property. There’s lots of cute areas and things to see spread out over the whole farm.
  6. Stay in Wanaka for a few days. The best views are slightly out of town and require a little walking, so you’ll need a couple of days to see them. Check out my Wanaka destination guide to find out the best places I recommend to all my friends and family who visit Wanaka. 

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

What is the Wanaka Lavender Farm? 

The Wanaka Lavender Farm is a lavender field you can visit in Wanaka

Imagine those photos you see of rows and rows of lavender in the South of France with girls spinning around in white dresses and straw hats. Yep, that’s what it is (and it’s just as beautiful as you imagine it will be). 

What can you do at the Wanaka Lavender Farm?

There’s so much to see at the Wanaka Lavender Farm. It’s not just one field of lavender which I (very unfairly) assumed it would be. 

  1. Lavender fields – there are multiple fields of lavender spread around the property, even a rainbow shaped field. 
  2. Other gardens –  it’s not just lavender, there’s also other beautiful gardens. 
  3. Animals – there are ponies, donkeys, llamas, Highland Coos, sheep, pigs and goats. The animals are nestled among the lavender and it doesn’t feel like a children’s petting zoo (not my vibes – but kids would love it if that’s your thing). 
  4. Famous purple door – you’ve probably seen girls posing with this door on Instagram a hundred times. It’s a little overdone on Instagram (yes, including me), but it really is cute.  
  5. Purple tractors and other Instagrammable spots – there’s lots of little purple-themed props dotted around the lavender fields which are really cute and fun. 
  6. Shop – cutest shop with everything lavender you can ever think of. I often find these shops cringey, but this one was lovely. My favourites were the dried lavender bouquets and really cute floral and interiors coffee table books. 
  7. Café – because who doesn’t want lavender tea and a lavender icecream when they’re at a lavender field? 

If you look at the map on the Wanaka Lavender Farm website you can see how it’s laid out (also isn’t this map the cutest illustration?!). 

When is the Wanaka Lavender Farm open?

The Wanaka Lavender Farm is open 7 days. The hours differ depending on whether it’s Summer or Winter. 

September to May9am-5pm
June to August 10am-5pm

The Lavender Farm is closed on Christmas Day. 

How much does it cost to visit the Wanaka Lavender Farm?

The price differs depending on whether it’s lavender season or not.  

Wanaka Lavender Farm season. 

December – February

Adult$10
Children 5-15 years $5
Children under 5 years Free

Rest of the year

March – November

Adult$5
Children 5-15 years $2
Children under 5 years Free

How to book tickets to the Lavender Farm Wanaka? 

You can buy tickets at the little shop at the Lavender Farm. 

You can’t buy tickets online (but you can shop online). 

Is there a Wanaka Lavender Farm cafe?

Yes, there’s a café at the Wanaka Lavender Farm. You can get lavender tea, lavender icecream, and lots of other lavender themed treats.  

Is there a Wanaka Lavender Farm shop? 

Yes. I loved the Lavender Farm shop. The interiors are beautiful. There’s dried lavender hanging from the ceiling and it’s very Instagrammable. 

They sell lots of lavender skincare and candles, gorgeous coffee table books, and my favourite – a wall full of dried lavender bouquets. 

How big is the Lavender Farm?

The Wanaka Lavender Farm is 12 hectares with 7,000 plants and 25 different types of lavender (I never even knew there was more than one type….) 

Can you go to the Wanaka Lavender Farm in Winter? 

Yes, the Lavender Farm is open year-round, but the lavender won’t be in bloom in Winter.

RELATED: 33 Best Things to Do in Wanaka in Winter

If you want to see the lavender in bloom, go between December and February

Access

The Lavender Farm is fairly big but it’s mostly flat and easy to walk around. You’re walking on grass most of the time rather than proper paths. 

If you want to walk up the rows between the lavender they’re fairly narrow. Stick to the paths if you’re walking in the lavender – I tried jumping over the lavender to take a shortcut and got stung by a bee on my foot.

What to take to the Wanaka Lavender Farm? 

You don’t really need to take anything to the Wanaka Lavender Farm. The unofficial dress code seems to be a white dress and straw hat. 

It gets really hot in Summer so I’d recommend bringing a hat, sunglasses and wearing sunscreen (but you should be doing this every day anyway… no one wants wrinkles). 

Can you take dogs to the Lavender Farm in Wanaka? 

No, dogs are not allowed at the Wanaka Lavender Farm. 

Can you have a wedding at Wanaka Lavender Farm? 

Yes, you can have weddings at the Wanaka Lavender Farm. (Just had a little Google for wedding inspo and, oh my goodness, what a beautiful spot for a wedding).  

Contact the Wanaka Lavender Farm to enquire about weddings. 

Walks near the Wanaka Lavender Farm 

Obviously you can walk around the lavender fields themselves, but there aren’t really any walks right near the Wanaka Lavender Farm.

There are so many amazing walks in Wanaka though – definitely some of the best walks in New Zealand. I highly recommend staying in Wanaka for a couple of days so you can do some walks – my favs are Rob Roy Glacier, Diamond Lake, Isthmus Peak, the Millennium Walkway, and the Wanaka Blue Pools

Read my Ultimate Wanaka Travel Guide to find my other favourite walks and best things to do in Wanaka.

What is the Wanaka Lavender Farm Instagram page?

The Wanaka Lavender Farm Instagram page is @wanakalavenderfarm

What is the Wanaka Lavender Farm Facebook page? 

You can find the Wanaka Lavender Farm Facebook page here. 

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HISTORY OF WANAKA LAVENDER FARM

When did the Wanaka Lavender Farm open?

The Wanaka Lavender farm opened in November 2014. 

Who owns Wanaka Lavender Farm?

The Wanaka Lavender Farm is owned by two local brothers – Tim and Stef Zeestraten. 

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HOW TO GET THERE  

The Wanaka Lavender Farm is in Wanaka, in the South Island of New Zealand. The nearest town with an airport is Queenstown, which is around one and a half hours away. 

Looking for other things to do in Wanaka, Queenstown or New Zealand? Read my Ultimate Wanaka Travel Guide, Ultimate Guide to Queenstown, and Ultimate New Zealand Travel Guide to find the best things to add to your bucket list.

Top tips

  • The only option to get there is driving or taxi. It’s 5km out of town in the countryside so you can’t really walk there, and there’s no public transport. If you’re looking for the best rental car company, I always use rentalcars.com – it compares all of them and shows you the best deals, so you know you’ve searched everywhere.

How to get to the Lavender Farm from Wanaka   

  • Drive: The best and easiest way to get to the Wanaka Lavender Farm is driving. It’s a 5-minute drive from the Wanaka town centre. If you’re coming from the Wanaka Lakefront, drive on SH84/the Wanaka-Luggate Highway out of town towards Puzzling World and Cromwell. You’ll come to a small intersection with the turn off to the West Coast on the left. Keep going straight (the road you’re on turns into SH6). After a few minutes you’ll see the Wanaka Lavender Farm on the right. Turn right down Morris Road – the entrance to the lavender fields is here. You can rent a car from rentalcars.com – it’s the same people and concept as booking.com.
  • Taxi: There are two taxi companies in Wanaka – Yello Cabs and Wana Taxi.  (There’s no Uber). It’s only a 5-minute drive from the city so would be reasonably priced. 
  • Walk/bike: The Wanaka Lavender Farm is 5km out of town (1 hour walk/20 minute cycle) so I probably wouldn’t recommend walking or biking there, unless you’re really eager. It’s on a main highway so it wouldn’t be the safest for walking. 
  • Public transport: Unfortunately there’s no public transport to the Wanaka Lavender Farm. 

Parking

There’s a big free carpark at the Lavender Farm. There were lots of available parking when I went (although it was a fairly quiet day). 

It can get busy over Christmas, so I’d recommend going early in the morning and avoiding the Christmas school holidays.  

How to get to Wanaka from Queenstown 

  • Drive: You can either drive over the Crown Range Rd via Cardrona (about one hour), or through Cromwell on State Highway 6 (about one and a half hours). The SH6 route goes past the Lavender Farm, but I wouldn’t let this determine which way you go. Both are beautiful drives and if you have the opportunity to try both ways I’d recommend this. You can get a rental car from Queenstown Airport or city (I use rentalcars.com which compares all the different rental car companies).
  • Shuttle: You can get a shuttle between Queenstown and Wanaka for around $30 each way. See the Wanaka Tourism website who can help you book. 
  • Taxi: A taxi would be $250-$300 so I wouldn’t recommend this. 
  • Sadly there’s no public transport between Wanaka and Queenstown.

Planning a trip to Queenstown? Read my Ultimate Queenstown Travel Guide.

Is there public transport to the Lavender Farm Wanaka?  

No, there’s no public transport to the Wanaka Lavender Farm. You’ll need to drive or get a taxi. 

Are there shuttle buses to the Lavender Farm? 

No, there’s no official Wanaka Lavender Farm shuttle bus. Talk to the Wanaka i-Site about arranging a taxi or shuttle there. 

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WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK 

Wanaka Lavender Farm cafe. There’s a cute little café at the Wanaka Lavender Farm. It sells lavender tea, lavender icecream, and lots of other lavender and honey themed goodies. 

Wanaka. If you’re staying in Wanaka for longer, try some of my other favourite places to eat and drink in Wanaka. 

WHERE TO STAY

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There’s nowhere to stay onsite at the Wanaka Lavender Farm. (But how amazing would that be – they should build a little holiday cottage there). 

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The Wanaka Lavender Farm is out of town so I wouldn’t bother trying to find anywhere close to it – you’ll need a car to get there anyway.

Wanaka is a small town and there’s not really a “best suburb”. I’d just look for the nicest place you can find – location isn’t so important here.

Looking for the best luxury hotels and cute B&Bs in Wanaka? Add these to your bucket list:

  1. Mahu Whenua (The most luxurious hotel in Wanaka. It’s outside town near Glendhu Bay – one of the most beautiful areas in Wanaka.)
  2. Wanaka Haven (A beautiful bnb. Just out of town near the Wanaka Lavender Farm).
  3. Distinction Wanaka Serviced Apartments (A resort made up of around 30 private apartments. I lived in an apartment here for six months. Pros: two hot tubs/pools with beautiful views, sauna, tennis court, large apartments with full kitchens, good location. Cons: decor was a bit modern for me, nice but not 5 star luxury. Would def recommend for families and large groups.)
  4. Wanaka Homestead Lodge & Cottages (Gorgeous bnb. Amazing location in walking distance to the Wanaka Tree, main township, and Wanaka lakefront).
  5. Cross Hill Glamping (I’ve never been a fan of glamping (it sounds too much like camping), but these domes look very luxurious and I’d love to stay. I’ve had friends who stayed here and loved them. They overlook Lake Hawea – a prettier lake than Lake Wanaka and only a 15 minute drive from Wanaka.)
  6. Cardrona Hotel (Beautiful historic building, charming rooms with cute interiors, and good food. A great base if you’re skiing at Cardrona).
  7. The Lindis (This hotel has been on my bucket list for years – the architecture and interiors are incredibly beautiful and it’s very luxurious. It’s between Lake Tekapo and Wanaka. I wouldn’t use this for a Wanaka base, but it would be amazing for a weekend away or if you can work it into your road trip itinerary.)
  8. Minaret Station (Only accessible by helicopter and very luxurious. One for the bucket list.)

Queenstown

You could stay in Queenstown if you just planned on doing a day trip to Wanaka. I’d recommend staying in Wanaka for a few days though – these so many beautiful walks and things to do (check out my favs in my Ultimate Wanaka Travel Guide). 

Looking for the best luxury hotels in Queenstown? Add these to your bucket list:

  1. Hulbert House   
  2. Dairy Private Hotel
  3. Eichardt’s Private Hotel
  4. The Spire Hotel
  5. Stoneridge Estate
  6. Gibbston Valley Lodge and Spa

WHAT ELSE TO DO NEARBY

The best things to do in Wanaka  

Are you looking for other things to do while you’re in Wanaka? These are my top recommendations for the best things to do in Wanaka.  

  1. Roys Peak – There’s no need to introduce this hike. It’s in every photo you’ve ever seen of Wanaka. Very steep hill, beautiful lake views. 
  2. Isthmus Peak – Just like Roys Peak, but not so well known. Also very steep hill, also very beautiful lake views. Read my ultimate guide to Isthmus Peak here.
  3. Diamond Lake Track – If you ask any local in Wanaka what hike to do, they’ll probably tell you Diamond Lake. Much easier and quieter than Roys Peak, but with views almost as good. Read my ultimate Diamond Lake Track guide here.
  4. Rob Roy Glacier hike – This is one of the best day hikes I’ve ever done and I recommend it to everyone. It has amazing views of a glacier – maybe even better than Franz Josef and Fox Glacier. Read my complete Rob Roy Glacier guide here.
  5. Glendhu Bay Track – The walk you’ve probably never heard of, but should know about. If you want a really chill walk around the lake, with beautiful views, this is the one for you. Read my ultimate Glendhu Bay Track guide here.
  6. Blue Pools Wanaka – Beautiful and very easy short walk you absolutely can’t miss. One of the brightest blue lakes you’ve ever seen. Make sure to stop at the Lake Hawea Lookout on the way. Read my ultimate guides to the Blue Pools here and Lake Hawea Lookout here.
  7. Mou Waho Island: Boat cruise to a tiny island on Lake Wanaka (it has an island on a lake, on an island on a lake). You can also do a boat cruise to Ruby Island, another popular island on Lake Wanaka.
  8. Skiing at Cardrona or Treble Cone: The best place to go skiing in New Zealand. Read my Ultimate Guide to Skiing in Wanaka and 33 Best Things to Do in Wanaka in Winter.
  9. Winery tour: Go on a winery tour to explore the local vineyards.
  10. Shop at local boutiques: Wanaka has no large chain stores. Instead, there’s lots of lovely locally owned small boutiques.
  11. Cardrona Distillery and Cardrona Hotel: There’s always lots of tourists taking photos of the Cardrona Hotel, but it’s a really cute building and the food is good. The Cardrona Distillery is just across the road and does a great whisky and gin tour.

Other lavender farms in New Zealand  

If you love lavender fields, check out these 10 other lavender farms in New Zealand. 

  1. New Zealand Alpine Lavender, Twizel (I’ve had about 99,999 recommendations to go here – so highly recommend adding it to your list. It’s also near Mt Cook and Lake Tekapo – the most beautiful area in New Zealand). 
  2. CCT Lavender Farm, Auckland
  3. Lavender Backyard Garden in Hamilton
  4. Lauren’s Lavender Farm in Taumarunui
  5. Lavender Abbey, Carterton
  6. Ranui Essentials Lavender Farm in Martinborough
  7. Lavender Creek Farm in Otaki, Kapiti Coast
  8. Lavendyl Lavender Farm, Kaikoura
  9. Danseys Pass Lavender, Oamaru
  10. Ben Lomond Lavender Farm, Queenstown
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WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT THE WANAKA LAVENDER FARM 

When you think of Wanaka, you usually think of super outdoorsy activities – hiking, skiing, mountain biking, boating… 

But there’s more to Wanaka than this. 

If you love beautiful fields of flowers (and who doesn’t?), make sure you add the Wanaka Lavender Farm to your New Zealand bucket list

It’s one of the best lavender farms I’ve ever been to.

And you’ll also get some cute new Insta pics. 

Wondering what to add to your Wanaka or New Zealand bucket list? Read my Ultimate Wanaka Travel Guide and Ultimate New Zealand Travel Guide.

If you have any questions about the Wanaka Lavender Farm I’d love to help so send me a message on Instagram or Facebook or ask below. 

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18 Comments

  1. February 5, 2022 / 5:32 pm

    Beautiful post! I just left beautiful Aotearoa in November after two years. Didn’t get to the lavender fields. Beautiful post!

    • February 7, 2022 / 1:48 pm

      Oh wow hope you enjoyed it here!! The lavender fields are so beautiful, especially this one is one of my favs ?

  2. February 5, 2022 / 6:07 pm

    So beautiful! I would love to visit someday!

    • February 7, 2022 / 1:49 pm

      It’s soo beautiful and yes you should def go ?

  3. February 5, 2022 / 7:07 pm

    I love visiting lavender farms! We have one here in Kentucky but it’s no where near like this one! Thank you for the tips.

    • February 7, 2022 / 1:50 pm

      Oh wow I’d be interested to see what the one in Kentucky is like. I think we are very lucky it’s such a beautiful one here and they have done such a good job making it very Instagrammable ?

  4. February 5, 2022 / 10:08 pm

    I absolutely loved reading your post. The lavender tunnel is one thing I want to see in person.

    • February 7, 2022 / 1:51 pm

      Aww thanks that’s so sweet, I loved the tunnel too, so cute and fun. I love finding colourful walls (or tunnels haha) ?

  5. February 5, 2022 / 11:28 pm

    I love the scent of lavender & the Wanaka lavender farm looks like a lovely place to visit with some great photo opportunities. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • February 7, 2022 / 1:52 pm

      It’s so lovely and relaxing isn’t it, I need to go back and get some lavender pillow spray from there once my current one runs out ?

  6. Madhu
    February 6, 2022 / 5:01 am

    Wow this place ispicture perfect .loved it .hope to visit someday

    • February 7, 2022 / 1:52 pm

      It really is so beautiful, I hope you can visit too ?

  7. Terri
    February 6, 2022 / 10:01 am

    Since I won’t be visiting NZ in the near future, I need to find a lavender field near Washington DC. But this place looks incredible. Thanks for sharing.

    • February 7, 2022 / 1:53 pm

      Ooo I hope you can find one near Washington DC! The New Zealand border is opening this year so hopefully you might be able to come one day ?

  8. February 6, 2022 / 10:12 am

    I haven’t been to a lavender farm before but it looks amazing! There are so many unique places to get photos and they all look really pretty too!

    • February 7, 2022 / 1:54 pm

      Sooo beautiful. I thought all the purple tractors etc were a little bit cheesy at first but then they were actually so fun and cute and made for cute photos ?

  9. February 7, 2022 / 11:18 pm

    I really want to visit a lavender farm one day ! This one looks beautiful. Gutted I couldn’t go on my last trip down south.

    • February 19, 2022 / 12:47 pm

      I love lavender farms! I think there is a lovely one up by Auckland you should check it out ?

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