Since we were winging it on our entire trip around New Zealand, we hadn’t planned on spending the night in Wanaka. However, the drive down the West Coast over the Haast Pass took a bit longer than expected because of the spectacular scenery. Our goal that day was Queenstown but since it was getting dark, we decided to call it a night, as we did not want to miss the views along the Crown Range Road via Cadrona.
Wanaka is a beautiful little town on a lovely lake. It has a feel of laid back, easy going that is intoxicating. We ended up acquiring lodging at Edgewater Resort as our other choices were all booked.
When we first walked in, I thought uh oh. The feeling of the resort is like that of a basic state park lodge in the states. Even the restaurant décor made it seem questionable that there would be good fare to be had. But, we were tired and the rate was fair for the night so we booked a room.
The staff was very friendly and accommodating during check-in. We requested a lake view room and were given room 104. We were pleasantly surprised with what greeted us. The room was clean, the décor reminded me a lot of the late 80s but the lake view was GORGEOUS! We were on the 2nd floor and our balcony overlooked the resort’s immaculate manicured lawn to uninterrupted views of the lake.
After settling in, we ventured down for dinner wary of how the food would be but we were too exhausted to go anywhere else. Thankfully, we didn’t let appearances sway us. Our meal at Sargoods Restaurant was one of the best we had in all of New Zealand. The food was EXCEPTIONAL and the wait staff was friendly and attentive. Our stay at Edgewater Resort ended up being the perfect ending to an amazing day.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Edgewater Hotel Wanaka