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Omahau Downs
Ranked #3 of 6 Twizel B&B and Inns
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

This was the second time that we have stayed at this establishment and we were just as impressed as the first time. Nicola and Sean are terrific people who run an amazing place. It looks nothing special from the outside, Just an old timber farm building. Inside it is a palace with such good taste in decoration and style. Comfortable and warm rooms with a view to die for across to the mountains. The bad weather made no difference to our stay as we were cocooned in comfort. Excellent value for money and streets above others at the price. Don't tell them or they may put the prices up!!! We will be back

Room Tip: If you don't like a wetroom then ask not to be in No 4 otherwise you have noe worries at all.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

A visit to the Mackenzie district, Canterbury, New Zealand wouldn’t be complete without a stay at Omahau Downs high country farm at Twizel. Amiable hosts Nicola and Sean provide a range of stylish and comfortable accommodation most with views to Mount Cook....from superb motel –style rooms, a small self contained cabin, a charming original farm house and a self contained house
Breakfasts in the B&B lodge are delicious with Sean, an ex-chef & Nicola, providing a sumptuous start to your day.
There is much to do in the area around Twizel, from helicopter rides to Mt. Cook and the Tasman Glacier, rowing on one of the lakes nearby, walking , fishing, hiking in the Mount Cook National Park (only a relatively short drive away) and taking in the crystal clear views of the night sky .
Omahau Downs is a working farm so you can wander the paddocks, talk to the cattle and sheep and maybe Gus, the lovely old farm dog, might accompany you on a walk to the river.

A place to clear the mind and enjoy….Don’t miss a stay!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

We absolutely loved our stay here. We rented (we were two couples) a cottage which had a great view of Mount Cook in the distance. The bedrooms were large, clean and well-lit. There was a big kitchen, living area and dining area, and an outside porch to sit. The cottage itself is quite old but had a good feeling to it. The owner was very friendly. There was a washing machine in the cottage and we were able to pay for wifi throught the owner. This was a great place to spend the night as we were going onto Mount Cook the following morning. We highly recommend this unique location!

Room Tip: We cooked for ourselves, so make sure you have a cottage with a kitchen if you'll be needing it.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 27, 2012

I recently stayed in a farm cottage at Omahau Downs with my mum. We shared a comfortable two bedroom cottage, complete with kitchen, dining area and small lounge. The cottage was very clean, nicely furnished and spacious for two people.

Check in was easy, with friendly staff directing us to the right place. All very casual as you would expect at a farm stay. We had a spectacular view of Mt Cook from our cabin and were able to see it top to toe in all it's glory.

After settling in we took a short walk around the farm, then into town for dinner. Town is quite close, less than a 5 minute drive.

The beds were comfortable and with plenty of covers as it was a bit nippy in the night. There were some mice in the ceiling scampering around, so that needs to be addressed but otherwise we were very happy with our accommodation.

The cabin included a washing machine so we were able to get some washing done as well. The bathroom had a shower, good water pressure and all very adequate.

All in all a very nice, unique place to stay, much more pleasant than a boring old motel.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 6, 2012

You could easily pass by this property thinking that the accommodation was farm out buildings but you would be missing so much! Our "out building" was like the Dr Who tardis on the inside! It had four ensuite bedrooms inside with a communal sitting/dining room with all the facilities needed for self catering. Nicola was lovely (we never got to meet Sean but we did taste his delicious scones!) down to earth, friendly and happy to chat. Our room was very spacious and modern but with eclectic decor. It had a sleeping area and a sitting area and the ensuite bathroom was modern and well equipped. We had patio doors leading to a decked area with fantastic views of Mount Cook in the distance. It is situated outside Twizel and not very well signposted from the road so could easily be missed. It is about a 50 minute drive from Mount Cook.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 3, 2012

We arrived in the evening and were welcomed by Nicola. Our room was clean and had everything we needed for the night. The sun shining on Mt. Cook was a welcome view to wake up to. The breakfast was wonderful. I wish I knew how to make the wonderful dried tomato/onion scones. Nicola wrapped up the leftover scones for me to take. They were just as good unheated later on. Thanks for a great stay!

Stayed: March 2012
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Reviewed March 10, 2012

We had a family of 6 (4 adults, 2 kids) stay at the farm cottage. We arrived late at night, but they left instructions where to go and left the light on for us. It was a beautiful view, and the cottage was nice. Not a super modern hotel, but cozy and lots more room to move around, so it was perfect for us. We missed meeting the hosts as they weren't around when we left also, but had great 1 night stay.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Lisa H
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Address: Twizel SH8, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Mackenzie District > Twizel
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Ranked #3 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Twizel
Price Range: $102 - $120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Omahau Downs 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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