The hotel is a little drive from town, you need a car to visit Wanaka anyway and parking in town is plentiful.
The rooms were small but nice.
It seems to be designed for the ski-ing crowd and was fairly empty in December pre school holidays.
The staff were very friendly, strangly I was expecting more from the hot pools. There are two heated pools and a lap pool which we didn't venture near. One of the heated pools was kept covered during the stay.
They also has 7-8 in ground spas around the pools. Two of these were uncovered. The water in the one we went into seemed in need of better filtration, and I was thinking it was going to be more thermal pool than hot tub/spa set up. However the uncovered swimming pool was fine.
The price was right and the hotel was good value, and if I had been ski-ing all day they thought of relaxing in hot water regardless of thermal or artificial would have been a bonus.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mercure Oakridge Resort is 100 kilometres from Queenstown and 2 kilometres from Lake Wanaka, the fourth largest lake in New Zealand. The resort features 173 hotel rooms and fully equipped apartments, a superb restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining, heated swimming pool with poolside bar and a day spa. During the warmer months, local activities include bushwalking, mountain climbing and fishing, while in winter the snowfields of Treble Cone and Cardrona are within easy reach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka Hotel Wanaka
- Mercure Wanaka