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“Nice Units close to Cardrona but room for improvement” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Benbrae - Cardrona Valley Resort

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Benbrae - Cardrona Valley Resort
2326 Cardrona Valley Road | Cardrona, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #13 of 43 Specialty Lodging in Wanaka
Blenheim, New Zealand
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“Nice Units close to Cardrona but room for improvement”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

The units at Benbrae were very spacious and clean and tidy. The kitchen was well appointed and the hosts were happy to provide anything additional that we needed for the kitchen.

Overall, the beds were very comfortable and we all got a great nights sleep. I was impressed with the extra skiing facilities like heated towel rails in the laundry to get all the ski gear dry.

The room we were given was warm and comfortable. This was due to the panel heaters in the bedrooms and gas heating (heater and fire) in the lounge. There was a notice coolness at floor level (ie if you left any clothes on the floor, they were very cold to pick up the next morning).

The hosts were very helpful and gave good advice on skiing etc.

Outside the room, the pool area was very nice but not set up for winter. A dip in the spa after skiing would have been nice but there were no open facilities down by the spa pool. So to use it you would had to run back to your unit in the swimmers in 2 degree temperatures! The resort needs better facilities down in the pool area.

I was also really disappointed by the TV. It was an old 29" with very poor sky reception. Watching the Olympics was interested as it was that fuzzy, you could not see the hockey ball. For a high end resort, there is no excuse for not having satelitte Sky these days.

But overall, we would definitely stay at Benbrae again if skiing at Cardrona (if not skiing Cardrona, it was quite a drive from Wanaka).

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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BenbraeResort, Manager at Benbrae - Cardrona Valley Resort, responded to this review, August 30, 2012
Thank you for your wonderful review. We have just had the TV reception in the rear units boosted and are now displaying much clearer pictures, we apologise for the inconvenience caused. So next year you will be able to enjoy the Television. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012 via mobile

Stayed for a week while skiing. The lodges are very pleasant and are kitted out to a reasonably high standard. The heated tub was welcome after a day on the slopes and is a great place to stretch tired muscles, but it would be a brave soul who ventured into the swimming pool in the middle of winter! Pizza was good too, and the Cardrona Hotel is always great. The wifi internet is really slow and was the only slight downside.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012 via mobile

We spent 3 nights at Benbrae, and loved it!! For starters location was great for skiing at Cardrona, the on site restaurant was great and the pub down the road was awesome as well.. The beds were very comfortable to sleep , the unit was of very good standard and overall our stay was fantastic. Staff were so helpful and a pleasant to deal with and even help us defrost our windscreen!! Thanks Very Much Benbrae!!

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

The Benbrae lodges are perfectly located for acces to the Cardrona snow ski fields, 100 metre stroll to the historical Cardrona hotel . The lodges are very well equiped , clean and every thing you need for your stay. The pool and hot spa are great after a day on the slopes . The small bar restuarant " The Sombre Duck " does great pizzas and has a great selection of wines . The managment are friendly and are more than helpfull . Laid back stay . The horses in the paddock next door add to the overall country feel. Great .

Room Tip: Short 10 min drive up the Cardrona ski field.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

Our stay was worry free. From the lovely young gentlemen at the front desk to the modern and clean villa. We stay for three nights and considered staying longer after the first day. Even though it was below zero outside, the villa was always warm and the roads around the resort were not icy.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

When we first stayed at Benbrae in Aug 2009 (I wrote a review back then) we absolutely loved our stay. Since then we have returned every year & it just keeps getting better!
The managers of the resort have opened a fantastic pizza & wine bar on the premises. It is a perfect addition to the resort. The ambience is great, everyone is so friendly, the wine selection is very good & the food is fantastic.
The apartments are still in very good condition, very clean & comfortable.
Lee-Ann & Jamie are lovely hosts, very welcoming & very easy going.
We will be back again next year - highly reccommend!

  • Stayed July 2012, 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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, Manager at Benbrae - Cardrona Valley Resort, responded to this review, July 14, 2012
Thank you for your great review! The Sombre Duck Wine and Pizza bar has proved to be a great addition to our already wonderful resort and we are glad you enjoyed it. We look forward to welcoming you back again next year!
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

Stayed one night in a modern warm and extremely clean villa. Comfortable bed, spacious living and bathroom. Fire place and heater were ideal for a cold winters night! Was greeted by an extremely pleasant young man upon arrival. The information folder in the villa was both informative and helpful. Look forward to staying at Benbrae again soon and would happily suggest it to friends and family.

  • Stayed July 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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, Manager at Benbrae - Cardrona Valley Resort, responded to this review, July 14, 2012
Pleased to hear you enjoyed staying with us. See you next time!
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Additional Information about Benbrae - Cardrona Valley Resort

Address: 2326 Cardrona Valley Road | Cardrona, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 43 Specialty Lodging in Wanaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Benbrae Resort is centrally located between Wanaka and Queenstown. Benbrae is the ideal location to experience the many outdoor adventures with tramping, fishing, wineries, international ski fields, mountain bike trails, with a great choice of international golf courses in the region and so much more. As a high-quality regional themed resort, Benbrae will attract guests based on outstanding service, a sense of fun and adventure complemented by stylish and contemporary accommodation. ... more   less 
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