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“Good location with beautiful view” 5 of 5 stars
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Clearbrook Motel
4.0 of 5 Motel   |   72 Helwick Street | (Corner of Helwick & Upton Streets), Wanaka 9305, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #6 of 19 Hotels in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Houston, Texas
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“Good location with beautiful view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2011

Clear Brook Wanaka offers self contained units. It has a good location, walking distance to town and Lake Wananka.

It was a nice surprise after we checked in to the motel. From where we park our car ( right infront of the unit ) was like a normal motel, however once we got into the room – Vialo - There was a review flowing behind our unit where we could see it through our glass door. There was a table and chair where you can sit outside admiring the view of the snow capped mountains and listening to the water flowing. We had so much fun feeding the wild ducks that came by our door and would jump right back to the river once they were full!

As it was a self contain unit, we had the kitchen facility. Cooking a meal was not a problem at all.

There was a single bed and a double bed in the room. The room was nice and clean, the queen bed was comfortable.

It was another surprise when we saw there were a bathtub and a washing machine/dryer in the bathroom! And of course the bathroom was clean. In such a small unit but it had complete facilities!

The host, Dougle was very helpful and friendly. He gave us all information we needed about Wanaka and he even helped us to book our hunt at night.

For the price we paid, is definitely worth stay there again, especially the view had!

Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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frankali, Manager at Clearbrook Motel, responded to this review, July 6, 2011
Hi,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am so glad you enjoyed your stay at Clearbrook so much, we agree that the Bullock Creek at the front of the property is a wonderful surprise and the ducks are certainly a lot of fun! (Although they can be a handful from time to time when they decide to venture into the rooms!)

Thank you again for your review, I hope your hunt was successful and it was our pleasure to assist you in making arrangements. Should you ever visit Wanaka again we would love to welcome you back to Clearbrook.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2011

Located back from the lake 200m from the centre of town and near a good selection of restaurants, this large studio apartment contained a settee, table and two chairs and a comfortable kingsize bed, The kitchenette was well equipped with a full size upright stove, full size fridge, in room front loader washing machine and dryer. Large bathroom which could do with updating as the wall covering was starting to separate in the shower stall. No lake views, but snow capped mountains could be seen in the distance over neighbouring buildings. The room had a small stream running alongside the patio. Free wifi. Overall very warm and comfortable.

Room Tip: Good mountain views from upstairs apartments.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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frankali, Manager at Clearbrook Motel, responded to this review, July 3, 2011
Hi,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review and I am glad to hear you enjoyed the lovely mountain views from our upstairs studio apartment.

I am happy to tell you that since you stayed with us we have renovated all studio bathrooms.

Should you ever visit Wanaka again we would love to welcome you back to Clearbrook!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2011

We loved listening to the brook running beside the building as we sat outside looking at the mountains. We had a ground floor one bedroom with spa bath. The room was large and well furnished with full kitchen and your own laundry facilities in the room. Very friendly receptionist. Will definately stay here again on our next trip to New Zealand.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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frankali, Manager at Clearbrook Motel, responded to this review, July 3, 2011
Hi,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am thrilled to hear you had such an enjoyable stay at Clearbrook and we look forward to accommodating you again on your next trip to New Zealand!
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2011

Stayed there for a night. It's not bad, but it's not great either. The rooms come with full facility like dishwasher, washing machine & dryer. These will come in handy for those who plan for longer stay.

Pros:
* Spacious room
* Washer & dryer provided
* We were given free internet access which is a major bonus (one of the low season perks)

Cons:
* Lingering ''chemical'' smell in the room. We think it's from the cleaning liquid or dishwater detergent
* Toilet condition is slightly worn off and the floor gets slightly wet post shower
* No view from the room(s). The Motel is actually facing a small stream which is right nxt to a road. There are cars parked along side that road, thus for ground floor unit, for privacy sake, you need to draw the curtain.

Should we go to Wanaka again, we might try out other accommodation.

Room Tip: Ask for 1st floor unit if you travel light
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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frankali, Manager at Clearbrook Motel, responded to this review, July 3, 2011
Hi,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I hope you had an enjoyable time in Wanaka.

With regards to your feedback and photos of the bathroom, I am happy to report that we have had our bathrooms renovated and all wall paper replaced. Incidentally this was done merely days after your stay! We had to wait until a quiet time to have this done as it took several days for the rooms to be completed.

Should you chose to stay with us at Clearbrook again we would be delighted to have you and ensure that you were placed in a room on the first floor with beautiful mountain views.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2011

Located on a babbling brook just one quiet block from the central shopping district, the Clearbrook provides complete facilities at a reasonable price.

Our large, comfortable room had a complete kitchen with stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer. We saved a lot by having a dinner and breakfast for four in our room. Wi-fi was a reasonable $10 per day. The motel charged $4 for laundry detergent for one load, so get yours at the large supermarket a block and a half away. Start your wash early as both washer and dryer take a long time.

The only negative was a shower stall consisting of a curtain around a section of the roomy bathroom floor. It was practical enough, especially with the powerful electric heater in the bathroom, but after a day’s hiking not as welcome as the Jacuzzi tubs in a couple of our other New Zealand lodgings.

The first room offered us, number 7, smelled like someone’s pet had soiled the carpet. The replacement room was fine.

All in all, the Clearbrook served us well in Wanaka and we would recommend it.

(P.S.: Not just for me, but if you find a review useful, please give a click. Some of us spend a lot of time doing these.)

  • Stayed May 2011, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2011

We did enjoy our stay in Clearbrook Motel. Apartments were large and comfortable. Staff was very helpful and friendly. Wanaka was a great choice after our adventure packed time in Queenstown! Quiet location and great food!

Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2011

We arrived for our two night stay and were upgraded to the 3 bedroom apartment which was massive!!!! Huge lounge/diner which joined the kitchen. One bedroom had en-suite and all other bedrooms were a very good size. It felt more like a cozy house than anything.

The kitchen had everything needed and it was very very close to town ( 1 min walk) The staff were lovely and gave us maps and everything we needed on arrival. I would recommended this motel and if/when I'm back in Wanaka I'll certainly stay again!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: 72 Helwick Street | (Corner of Helwick & Upton Streets), Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 19 Hotels in Wanaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Clearbrook Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Clearbrook offers affordable motel accommodation for all! Including families and groups visiting Lake Wanaka. Conveniently located close to Wanaka town centre, Clearbrook comprises 14 private self-catering apartments and two self-contained holiday homes, fully equipped for a Wanaka holiday.Clearbrook is set in a peaceful location by Bullock Creek and each self-contained apartment has a private balcony or courtyard with stunning mountain views. Clearbrook's spacious accommodation is ideal for corporate and wedding groups, families on ski and summer holidays and visitors on hunting and fishing trips. ... more   less 
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