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“Nice enough rooms, EXCELLENT restaurant” 4 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 #8 of 20 Hotels in Wanaka
Clarksville, Tennessee
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56 hotel reviews
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221 helpful votes 221 helpful votes
“Nice enough rooms, EXCELLENT restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2011

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.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edgewater_Resort, Public Relations Manager at Edgewater, responded to this review, March 5, 2011
Kia Ora lfisgd746

Thanks for taking the time to post your review on Edgewater in Lake Wanaka. You are right New Zealand is blessed with some great scenery.

It seems we 'grew' on you as you enjoyed our spacious rooms, staff and great meal. In fact we've just launched a new autumn (fall) menu this month (March).

I hope the rest of your trip in NZ went well and you shared some great times and photos with your friends at home.

Kind regards
Trish
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2011

Wanaka is our favourite place in New Zealand and Edgewater Resort has to be our place of choice to stay. The apartments are right on the lake and it is quiet and very peaceful.

The staff are very good and friendly and the food is acceptable if not first class.

The hotel is favoured by bus parties and this can become a bit too much.

The spa has been updated since our last trip and is a bit hidden away.

The rooms a very spacious and well appointed and ideal for an extended break.

We strongly recommend Edgewater Resort.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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, March 5, 2011
Dear Allister, thanks for your review. Great news that you enjoyed your time.

We are pleased we could share out great lakefront location with you.

Our spa pools are new and we hope in time to redevelop the spa area and add a few more amenities.

WIth thanks
Trish
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Singapore, Singapore
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2011

Our room was facing the lake..you could even walk out to the grass & lake. It was a great experience.

Food choice could be improved as the choice is limited & so could the TV channel choice for kids!

Free parking :)

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 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, January 9, 2011
Hi apbanerjee,

Thank you for your recent review of Edgewater. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and the view, there is no doubt we have the best lakeside location in Wanaka!

I am sorry you felt our food choice was limited, but I am sure you found what you did have to be enjoyable! We are proud of the dishes we create from local produce and are often complimented on our delicious fare.

We will also be looking into your comments regarding children's channels.

Thank you again for your review, and we hope to see you here again soon!

Kind regards,

Ellen Cairns
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Invercargill
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2011

Had a one bedroom unit downstairs overlooking the lake. Very clean and comfortable, quiet, great view, very peaceful. Friendly helpful staff. Excellent dinner and breakfast. Expensive but worth it as a wedding anniversary. Bit far to walk to town.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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, January 9, 2011
Hi cjb185,

Thank you for your recent review of Edgewater, we appreciate all your comments regarding your comfortable room, the views, and the peace you experienced while staying here. We hope to see you again soon as you are not far from Wanaka...in my own hometown - Invercargill!

Kind regards,

Ellen Cairns
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New York City, New York
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2010

Pro:
- views of the lake and mountains are first class.
- rooms are nicely laid out and comfortable.

Con:
- pricey
- they say it is a 10 minute walk to town. it is more like double.
- they lost my reservation. luckily, i had confirmation and they were able to correct quickly.
- breakfast is very expensive for what they offer.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Edgewater_Resort, Public Relations Manager at Edgewater, responded to this review, December 19, 2010
Dear P_Brennan,

Thank you for your recent review of Edgewater, we appreciate all feedback, whether it be glowing or whether it have some constructive criticism.

I am so pleased you enjoyed our lake and mountain views, we are the only hotel in Wanaka to offer such fantastic proximity to the lake with such stunning views. I am also glad you found the rooms comfortable, something we take pride in.

I am very sorry to hear that your reservation was lost, but glad our front of house staff managed to remedy the situation at once. As you can imagine with any computer systems there will always be minor glitches, however we are sorry that you had to experience it!

Your feedback on our room prices has been taken into account, and also your views on our breakfast pricing and options. As you can understand December in New Zealand is our absolute peak month, so prices are naturally a bit higher, just like most other hotels throughout the world during the Summer months.

One thing I will say however, is I am confused as to how you thought we were a 10 minute walk? On all of our collateral and materials we have specifically said we were a 20 minute walk from town and a five minute drive. I apologise if someone told you otherwise.

Thank you again for your review and we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

Kind regards,

Ellen Cairns.
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india
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2010

Plz visit this place in lake wanaka...so there is nothing much to see in Wanaka, we went to this place for rest and this resort is worth the cost...the location is amazingly beautiful. just outside our cottage there was a lake...it was just out of the fairy world...i loved this place...

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 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, December 2, 2010
Hi charmie-sha,

Thank you very much for your kind review of our hotel. We are so pleased you enjoyed yourself and your surroundings! We admit, the lake is something to behold! Be sure to come back as soon as you can, we'd love to have you!

Kind regards,
Ellen Cairns
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new york
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2010

The Edgewater Resort on the shores of a large lake is in a lovely setting. The hotel lower the rake rate immediately, as the season hadn't started. We had a lovely room with a view of the water. Good services offered at the hotel.

  • Stayed October 2010, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Sargood Drive | Lake Wanaka, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
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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
#5 Luxury Hotel in Wanaka
#7 Romantic Hotel in Wanaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Edgewater 4*
Number of rooms: 65
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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