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“One night stay on the Otago Trail”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Tussock Lodge

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Tussock Lodge
Northampton, United Kingdom
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“One night stay on the Otago Trail”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2014

My wife and I stayed at Tussock Lodge at the end of our first days cycling on the Otago trail. We didn't really know what to expect as the cycle tour company had organised the accommodation. I'd phoned ahead a few days earlier with our food order and on arrival were blown away with both the size of the accommodation and the quality of all the facilities. I accept we were spoilt as we had the whole of the place to ourselves but even if we'd has other guests there as well there was ample room. Mark, the owner arrived about 40 minutes after we had, loaded down with the food we had ordered, a range of home made salads and home made bread - just fantastic. He was very welcoming and we chatted for a while, especially about Rugby Union. We elected to cook and eat indoors as it was pretty windy but had full access to a large gas BBQ had we wanted it. We the sat on the big sofa and played Scrabble, watching the sun set through the big glass windows. A great place to stay and really helpful, friendly owners.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Tussock Lodge W, Owner at Tussock Lodge, responded to this review, March 10, 2014
Hi Andy T, thank you for taking the time to write a review and for choosing to stay at Tussock Lodge Waipiata, it s greatly appreciated. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us, we equally enjoyed having you at Tussock Lodge - Waipiata. The locally sourced BBQ packs are very popular with large and small groups. Its always good to talk rugby with a fellow enthusiast, and I'm sure that you will be a happy man that England beat Wales in the weekend. We look forward to having you to stay again, sometime in the future.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2014 via mobile

Tussock Lodge is found along the Otago Rail Trail and is in Waipiata.

Recommended by the cycle company we used.

Modern lodge with great kitchen, 4 rooms with ensuites, laundry facilities available.

Group of 11, lodge able to take 8, 3 others stayed st the owners home in own wing.

Great accommodation in isolation.

Mark and Nicki were great hosts. Freshly baked bread on arrival with local cheeses.

On raIl trail relied on his good will to take us to the local hotel for a Meal and to the nearest town for supplies. He did it without hesitation and this gave us one of the many experiences of the famous southern hospitality we had heard of.

Great stop over, fine hosts, would highly recommend, and we did, to a couple at our next nights stop!!!!

  • Stayed February 2014
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Tussock Lodge W, Owner at Tussock Lodge, responded to this review, February 17, 2014
Hi TLCAUCKLAND, Thank you choosing to stay at Tussock Lodge Waipiata and for taking the time to write a review its greatly appreciated. Were very happy to here that you enjoyed your stay, we enjoyed having you here and thank you for referring the couple that you met the following day it was greatly appreciated. The local food is certainly well received and were very proud that the majority of our supplies are sourced from the local Central Otago region. We look forward to having you to stay on your next visit to our beautiful part of New Zealand.
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2013 via mobile

The lodge has four good sized bedrooms and an enormous shared area.
Host provides great BBQ packs - we had salmon and steak with fantastic salad and amazing home baked bread and wonderful dip. Local wines plus beers etc were also available for purchase. Given local hotel was a way down the road I would recommend you prebook a BBQ pack if you stay here.
Breakfast selection was really good too.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Tussock Lodge W, Owner at Tussock Lodge, responded to this review, January 2, 2014
Hi LagoNexus, thank you for taking the time to write a review and for choosing to stay at Tussock Lodge Waipiata, its much appreciated. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and the BBQ packs, we are very proud that the produce for these is sourced from the Otago Region along with our selection of Wines and Beers which are very popular. We look forward to having to stay at some stage in the future.
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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2013

Stayed here only one night because we were on a tight schedule. When are back this way we stay longer. Wonderful location, seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Great views and a huge deck where you can just hangout. The whole building is very modern and has a HUGE kitchen with everything you would ever need, the rooms were large and very comfortable. Mark and his wife have five alpacas and while we were there they were having them sheared and we were invited to watch, exciting.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Tussock Lodge W, Owner at Tussock Lodge, responded to this review, December 17, 2013
HI Philip G, thank you for choosing to Stay at Tussock Lodge Waipiata and for taking the time to write a review, its greatly appreciated. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us, we are proud of our location, so close to the Otago Central Rail Trail yet very quiet and secluded. Tussock Lodges 5 Alpacas are very inquisitive animals who offer a lot of enjoyment. We look forward to meeting you again some day.
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2013 via mobile

After a difficult afternoon cycling into a head wind, my friends and I were delighted to arrive at beautiful Tussock Lodge. It was immediately impressive - it's spacious, modern interior all to ourselves. The kitchen was completely stocked with fruit, freshly baked bread, chilled local wines and beer and a carefully considered menu with a selection of rib-eye steaks, salmon and chicken that we could barbecue ourselves. We phoned Mark with our selection and this was delivered promptly, accompanied by three salads, ciabatta and a gracious welcome. After absorbing the beauty and majesty of our surroundings and in particular the raw stylishness of the outdoor table, we gratefully retired to our ensuite bedrooms - great showers, great beds... By the way, the coffee machine worked its magic. Should we ever be privileged to come this way again, Tussock Lodge would be our first choice.

Stayed December 2013
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Tussock Lodge W, Owner at Tussock Lodge, responded to this review, December 17, 2013
Hi AnnePJones, Thank you for choosing to stay at Tussock Lodge Waipiata and for taking the time to write a review, it is much appreciated. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us, we are very proud of our selection of local beers and wines and the BBQ packs of local produce, the 4 metre Macrocarpa table certainly is a good spot to enjoy your BBQ meal of local produce. The Coffee Machine is a great way to start the day. We look forward to meeting you again.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2013

We felt most welcome when we arrived and were very impressed with all the bedrooms and ensuites. It was great to share the large kitchen and lounge facilities. Great breakfast - including eggs!! Very comfortable stop on of our rail trail ride. Would definitely recommend. Thank you Mark.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Tussock Lodge W, Owner at Tussock Lodge, responded to this review, November 17, 2013
Hi Vicki B, Thank you for both choosing to stay at Tussock Lodge - Waipiata and for taking the time to write a review, its much appreciated. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us, we certainly appreciated having you. The Kitchen and lounge areas are a great place people to meet and chat about there day on the trail. I trust that you enjoyed the rest of your Otago Central Rail Trail experience and we look forward to seeing in our part of the world again.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

A group of four of us stopped at Tussock Lodge on our third night of the rail trail. Tussock lodge was just lovely. The lodge is just off the trail. The bedrooms were very comfortable and warm, and there was a large shared lounge and kitchen. We all really enjoyed the BBQ pack at the lodge that evening. It was so much more than expected and included home made bread, our choice of meat and heaps of delicious salads. We were lucky enough to have a sunny evening and were able to sit at the large table outside. The hosts were great- so hospitable and I really felt they went the extra mile. I would definitely recommend Tussock Lodge as a comfortable and relaxing place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Tussock Lodge W, Owner at Tussock Lodge, responded to this review, October 15, 2013
Hi slmitch, firstly, thank you for choosing to stay at Tussock Lodge, it was much appreciated and for taking the time to write a review. We are glad that you enjoyed your BBQ packs, were are proud that all the produce in these packs are sourced from Central Otago or Otago. This time of the year is an ideal time to ride the Otago Central Rail Trail, the weather is nice a settled and warm, and what better way than to relax the afternoon away around our 4 metre Macrocarpa Slab table. We look forward to meeting you again.
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Property: Tussock Lodge
Address: 18 Factory Road, Waipiata 9397, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Central Otago > Waipiata
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Waipiata
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tussock Lodge offers you the choice of various accommodation options and functionality. We utilise the latest in eco friendly appliances and fixtures to help reduce the impact on this remote environment. Secluded alongside the Otago Rail Trail, we are just a short walk to local amenities. Boasting 4 separate Super King Rooms (with quite possibly the most comfortable beds on the trail) capable of sleeping up to 8 people, a Gourmet Kitchen, and very comfortable lounge area, why wouldn't you stay at the amazing Tussock Lodge in Waipiata? We look forward to meeting you. ... more   less 

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