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“Lovely Resort Right on Lake Wanaka” 5 of 5 stars
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Edgewater
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Sargood Drive | Lake Wanaka, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #10 of 22 Hotels in Wanaka
San Diego
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30 hotel reviews
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“Lovely Resort Right on Lake Wanaka”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

My wife and I had the good fortune of being in Wanaka for two nights, in truly gorgeous weather. The Edgewater Resort is located right on Lake Wanaka. The exterior landscaping is stunning, with large grassy grounds and beautiful ponds, which host all manner of wildlife, especially ducks and herons.
One can step off the Edgewater grounds at the lakefront and find lovely trails along the lake. It is only about a 15 minute stroll, right along the lakeside, to the center of Wanaka; walking in the other direction, one can enjoy sights of vineyards and the beautiful Ruby Island.
Breakfast and dinner at Edgewater were excellent.
We had a second floor room with a nice balcony overlooking a lovely pond and the lake itself. WiFi is available in your room for a fee. The vigorous Kiwis were forever racing their sailboats up and down the lake, a wonderful sight to watch from our balcony. Sunrise and sunset over the lake was also very special! The room was clean and fresh, if a bit small. No worries, we found spots for all of our luggage!
One activity we highly recommend is to kayak on Lake Wanaka. Simply walk into town. At about the center of the lakeshore there is a kayak rental kiosk, Wanakayaks. We rented a double and spent a most memorable afternoon kayaking to Ruby Island. We enjoyed the view of Edgewater from offshore, and then we headed to Ruby Island. We went ashore on the island at a little beach and relaxed with a tasty box lunch prepared by Edgewater. We hiked about the island, enjoyed unsurpassed views, and then reluctantly completed our kayak loop and returned to Wanakayaks’ kiosk. As an aside, Wanakayaks provided us with a cell phone for emergency use, and we were mightily impressed with this safety feature!
Wanaka is a terrific New Zealand destination, and we highly recommend Edgewater Resort.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Edgewater_Resort, Public Relations Manager at Edgewater, responded to this review, April 19, 2012
Many thanks for taking the time to share your experience of staying at Edgewater. I am pleased you had a wonderful time in Wanaka, enjoyed the actitvies that are on offer here and had would highly recommend staying at Edgewater.

We look forward to welcoming you back again one day soon.

Best wishes,

Sarah
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

Everytime when we stay in Wanaka we visit the restaurant. It is outstanding. Great atmosphere, very friendly and good service and of course the food is always fantastic!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edgewater_Resort, Public Relations Manager at Edgewater, responded to this review, April 12, 2012
Dear Monika,

I am pleased to hear you had a wonderful meal at our restuarant when you stayed in Wanaka. We look forward to welcoming you back next time you are in town.

Best wishes,

Sarah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

Recommended by a friend who lives locally.

good choice, and we offered a good rate when we rang the night before, for a nice room. In one of the adjacent buildings on top (first floor).

Staff very friendly and helpful (like most people in NZ hospitality).

Surprised WiFi is charged extra (although there was a computer in the reception where I could print our boarding pass, which was helpful). It is about time all hotels and resorts (especially high quality/cost properties) move into the 21st century and include complimentary wifi.

Nice restaurant area.....very good buffet breakfast included.

Wonderful walks around the lake.

I am surprised that it is not ranked higher than it is (probably because of high WiFi cost)

we would stay again,

Room Tip: First floor with good Lake View
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edgewater_Resort, Public Relations Manager at Edgewater, responded to this review, April 12, 2012
Many thanks for taking the time to share your exprience of staying at Edgewater. I am pleased you had a great stay here with us and we look forward to welcoming you back again one day soon.

Best wishes,

Sarah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2012

We stayed in a suite and it was very comfortable and very big. It was lovely to sit on the balcony and enjoy the gorgeous views.

Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Edgewater_Resort, Public Relations Manager at Edgewater, responded to this review, March 26, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience of staying at Edgewater. I am pleased you enjoyed the gorgeous views and had a nice stay with us.

Best wishes,

Sarah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2012

We stayed in February and would recommend the resort. Bedrooms were basic but clean and offered great views over the lake. Dinner was good and service excellent. Breakfast let them down a bit as very little fresh fruit or pastries ( all looked fresh from the freezer!) but I would stay here again for location. Also a free computer which guests can use which was very helpful.

Room Tip: Ask for lake view
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Edgewater_Resort, Public Relations Manager at Edgewater, responded to this review, March 26, 2012
Dear Katie,

Many thanks for taking the time to share your experience of staying at Edgewater. I am pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back again one day.

Best wishes,

Sarah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

We had a lovely stay at Edgewater and Lake Wanaka Area. January days are long and views are incredible. The Facilities was were very clean, rooms spacious and staff friendly. We enjoyed our buffet breakfast in the restaurant and the walks along the lake. We will come back again.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Edgewater_Resort, Public Relations Manager at Edgewater, responded to this review, March 5, 2012
Dear Carl,

Many thanks for taking the time to share your experience of staying at Edgewater. The walks along the lake are stunning and January is the perfect time for this with the long evenings. We look forward to welcoming you back again one day soon.

Best wishes,

Sarah
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2012

We stayed at this beautiful hotel for our honeymoon so we had the honeymoon suite so I can only comment on that room.
The room was so luxurious with views out onto Lake Wanaka and the surrounding mountains. The restaurant was nice and served nice food. We were not given any assistance with our luggage however which is probably my only complaint. The staff were friendly and helpful. It is a pricey hotel and not centrally located - it's a fair walk into town but we loved it and would definitely like to stay there in the future.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Edgewater_Resort, Public Relations Manager at Edgewater, responded to this review, March 5, 2012
Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience of staying at Edgewater during your honeymoon. I am pleased you had a wonderful stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back again.

Best wishes,

Sarah
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Additional Information about Edgewater

Address: Sargood Drive | Lake Wanaka, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Wanaka
#6 Luxury Hotel in Wanaka
#7 Romantic Hotel in Wanaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Edgewater 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Edgewater lies right at the water’s edge of Lake Wanaka. It is the perfect destination for you to experience all that Central Otago’s seasons have to offer. Our long, hot summers fade slowly into beautiful autumn colours, before the clear mountain air promises snow and crisp winter days. As the snowfalls melt, spring returns with its lush, bright greens. At Edgewater we have genuine local knowledge that complements our inviting accommodation and enticing seasonal menu. We can unlock the very best Wanaka experiences, tailored for you. Edgewater is a four star Qualmark graded property situated on the edge of Lake Wanaka. Come and touch the seasons at Edgewater. ... more   less 
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