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“Excellent hosts, would stay here again” 5 of 5 stars
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95 McDougall Street, Wanaka, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #12 of 54 Wanaka B&B and Inns
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“Excellent hosts, would stay here again”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2009

We were greeted warmly by Jo and Ian upon our late arrival, who showed us our charming room with a great view of the mountains. Jo provided restaurant recommendations around the city, and we received a free beer/glass of wine per person at their favorite restaurant (Finchy's). She also makes great pancakes for breakfast. Be sure to ask Ian about houses built of hay bales.

Most likely you will have a car, but it is about a 20 minute walk to the city. Jo & Ian are great hosts and we would definitely stay here again whenever we make it back to Wanaka.

  • Liked — The hosts
  • Disliked — Just a bit of a far walk from the city
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GaelLakeWanaka, owner at Harpers Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, January 30, 2009
We do appreciate your comments and it would be great to have you visit again. Jo and Ian
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Palo Alto, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2009

A lovely B&B. Our hosts Jo and Ian offered great conversation and suggestions for how to enjoy the time. We had booked hostels for most of our trip through the South Island, but I'm so glad we stopped here while in Wanaka. We'll definitely visit again if we go back.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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GaelLakeWanaka, Owner at Harpers Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, January 27, 2009
We were also very happy that you chose a B&B as a change from hostels as we enjoyed your company. Thank you for taking the time to make a comment. We would love to see you back in Wanaka. Jo and Ian
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Perth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2009

Hosts Jo and Ian were warm and welcoming. Breakfast was lovely, the garden beautiful and the views just grand! We had a great stay at Harpers (we wanted to stay longer than the two nights we had booked) and would certainly love to stay there again.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GaelLakeWanaka, owner at Harpers Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, January 27, 2009
We appreciate your comments and maybe we will meet again in the future. Jo and Ian
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2008

We both had the most marvellous stay at Harpers B&B as part of our South Island Xmas Roadtrip.

Despite being Australian we were welcomed with open arms by Jo and Ian and it wasn't very long before we felt like long lost friends.

Jo gave us some great suggestions for local walks and where we could grab a bite to eat. We followed the suggestions and were so glad we did.

Beautiful, comfortable accommodation accompanied by their gorgeous garden made it a delight to stay. The pancakes in the morning were the best we've ever had and we happily seized the chance to take the recipe! Sorry that we couldn't make the record but we're keeping a running tally and hope that we will be able to accumulate that when we next stay.

We were genuinely sorry to leave - moreso when our accommodation the next night proved dire - and we'll be back at the first opportunity. Very highly recommended.

Jennifer and Kath

  • Liked — The hosts
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GaelLakeWanaka, Owner at Harpers Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, January 29, 2009
Yes we enjoy Australians company too! The pancake record is still 7 and we look forward to having you back to attempt it once more. Jo and Ian
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Newcastle
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2008

Many thanks Jo and Ian for a great stay and being such wonderful hosts. Really enjoyed Wanaka and did lots of walking. Loved Rob Roy Glacier and the Wanaka Pom Poms. We found staying with you such a good base for exploring the area and visiting Queenstown. Thank you for booking our Doubtful Sound trip, which was marvelous.
You both made our trip so enjoyable and those pancakes!
We will be back!

Stayed October 2008
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Berlin
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2008

Great hosts, great view and great pancakes. Need to come back to eat some more!
Close to the lake and to town, easy drive to Queenstown. Lots to do and very helpful hosts.

  • Liked — everything
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Harpers Bed and Breakfast

Address: 95 McDougall Street, Wanaka, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 54 B&Bs / Inns in Wanaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A warm, friendly homestay within 5 minutes walk to lake and 15 minutes walk to town. Enjoy sharing breakfast stories with your hosts who have traveled quite extensively. Comfortable rooms with views of mountains and our extensive garden. ... more   less 

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