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Cairnbrae House
Ranked #3 of 6 Ohakune B&B and Inns
Reviewed August 24, 2012

I was working in travel for the last 15 years and am quite fussy. But I can not recommend Cairnbraea House enough for the friendly and professional service, the spaces sunny rooms and delicious breakfast. Well done Peter and Devon. I will be back. Roland

Room Tip: Queen and King are great. They also have a 2 bedroom unit. All are great.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

You'll be greeted by Campbell the Labrador, one of the farmstead pets, and Devon and Peter - all very friendly! The guest lounge was huge and we had it to ourselves. Our own super-king room had the most enormous bed with ultra soft bedding - difficult to get out of in the morning. From the windows you could see the deer roaming the paddock and that night we had a wonderful romantic meal of venison with a bottle of Peter's best red. Breakfast was excellent too in the family kitchen. The only thing we missed was the view of the volcano - the not-so-friendly neighbour has let his conifers go wild, but drive 50 yards down the lane and it's there in all it's splendour.

Take the Mackay's recommendation of a trip on the Whanganui from Pipiriki with Ken

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 26, 2012

Really great place to stay and relax. The house is really big and well decorated, the rooms are spacious. The owners are very friendly - they help us book the transport for Tongariro crossing. One night we order a dinner and it was really delicous and healthy. Everything home made.
Next to the house there is a small deer farm. During our stay we feed the small Bambi!!! Really great experience!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 4, 2010

This accommodation is in a house on a lifestyle-size block in a rural location about 10 minutes from Ohakune, a small town with a suprisingly excellent selection of eating establishments. Our room was very nice, maybe a bit on the small side, but there was a very large shared lounge area right outside the room to our door, with some couches, books, games, microwave, coffee maker, TV, etc.

Our hosts were very warm and friendly and Peter was especially helpful in planning our day trips to Ruapehu, taking into account the weather conditions. Breakfast was very good and dinner was available on request, although we chose to eat out.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 16, 2010

We booked our stay in Cairnbrae House as it looked lovely and in such an area of outstanding natural beauty, the Tongiriro National Park.

The accomodation was just outside Ohakune and sat amongst stunning grounds with a view of Mt Ruapehu. Our room was a lovely light room with private balcony and we had access to a guest only lounge with email, Tea & Coffee making facilities, Mini bar & sky TV. The only thing with the room was that I thought it was a bit dusty. I assumed at the time that maybe there hadn't been guests in there for a while but it could have done with a once over. Other than that it was comfortable, especially the bed which was fab. I spread right out and still couldn't touch my husband on the other side. It was huge.

The hosts were welcoming and were able to recommend a lovely restaurant where the Lord of the Rings cast and crew used to eat in- the Powderhorn. Chateau.

The one thing however that we didn't like was as soon as we arrived we were asked when we were planning to leave the next morning. The reason being was it was the hosts' daughters wedding the next day in Auckland and they had to leave in the monring to get there. We then felt pressured to leave sooner than we had intended. We felt this was wrong as we had paid good money and had planned to have a leisurely breakfast and maybe a wonder around the grounds. They should have warned us beforehand out of courtesy- it would have only been fair of them to do so. We certainly felt ambushed.

The breakfast was nice, the setting and views were stunning, as was the local area, the room pleasant and comfortable but its unfortunate that we felt obligated to get out as they had somewhere to get to.

I am going to recommend this place as the only other option would be no and I am certain if it wasn't for the fact that they had to get guests out in order to leave for the wedding, the stay would have been lovely. I'm sure other travellers will enjoy the setting and the area as much as we did. Cairnbrae House is perfectly situated to explore it all.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 14, 2004

If you are planning to spend some time in Tongariro National Park on New Zealand's North Island, I suggest you consider staying at the Cairnbrae House B&B in nearby Ohakune on the southern flank of the park. The home is absolutely lovely (with large well-decorated rooms and private baths) the friendly owners have lots of suggestions for local hikes, and from our bedroom we had a fabulous unobstructed view of Mt. Ruapehu. Price was $160 New Zealand dollars. Contact them at ---------------------- or visit their website at -------------------

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Reviewed April 1, 2004

My husband and I recently returned from a trip to New Zealand which focused on the National Parks, as we love to hike. If you wish to spend some time in Tongariro National Park (which is absolutely beautiful, ranging from snow-covered peaks to rain forests) you will find lodging is very limited (and pricey) within the park. I would like to suggest you consider staying at the Cainbrae House B&B in nearby Ohakune. We absolutely loved the place. They have 3 lovely guest rooms, and ours had a private bath and fabulous views of the nearby mountain. Prices are reasonable and the hosts are gracious and have lots of suggestions for hiking, etc.

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Additional Information about Cairnbrae House

Address: 140 Mangawhero River Road | Post Box 151, Ohakune 4660, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > Ohakune
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Ohakune
Price Range: $117 - $149 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Cairnbrae House 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cairnbrae House is a 4 star boutique Bed & Breakfast accommodation with the guests comfort in mind. We are well situated for access to the Tongiriro World Heritage National Park and Mt Ruapehu Ski fields. We also have access to the walking, cycling, canoe and jetboating on the Whanganui River. We are surrounded by our own deer park and have a river access for swimming,and fishing. ... more   less 
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