First, this is not a fancy place. It is a 'working high country farm with spectacular Mt Cook views.'
We stay in 0* to 5* lodgings. This place would probably have 1* or 2* rating. But, do not let the turn you away (unless you require fancy everything and have no interest experiencing a wonderful area of the south island of New Zealand). We had reservations for 2 nights (had requested 3 but not available). Having been there were would recommend at least 3 nights. We are also considering contacting the owners and seeing if we could get a long lease and build our own cabin (rent when we not there).
Be aware, the town of Twizel is very small (but new stores opening). Be sure to bring anything special you like. Like extra wine. We stayed in a fully self contained cabin.
If I write everything that was good about the place/area it would be way to long.
Pros: Close to Mt Cook, Mt Hood observatory, unique sites (you must ask the owners for directions, this is local knowledge stuff), river in back section, walk in fields (take shoes easy to clean as plenty of sheep dropping), Gus the dog (incredible/fun black lab), star gazing, 'outdoor wood fire bath.' Have never seen anything like it. If you stay at this place, book bath in advance. If you don't use it, go look.
Cons: Wanted to stay longer but no room available and town is very small. Plan accordingly and take supplies.
For us, based on overall experience and for price paid. Is on our list of 'best of the best.'
Again, not fancy, but you ARE NOT roughing it either. Most of the people we met staying there appeared to be well-to-do New Zealanders. That should tell you something.
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