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“Luxury and peace”
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Waiorau Homestead
Ranked #1 of 52 Wanaka B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Masterton, Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
“Luxury and peace”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

Many thanks to Waiorau Homestead hosts Ann and Blyth for our stay in their luxurious and peaceful home. The lovely and welcoming schist-clad house is wonderfully decorated in modern style inside. Coupling this with the beautiful landscape and grounds makes the Homestead an oasis of tranquility and warmth. Of course that's not to mention the entertaining and informative company of Ann and Blyth which is there when you need it. And Blyth's cooking really is divine.

For a fantastic taste of South Island luxury and hospitality, Waiorau Homestead would be impossible to beat.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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WaiorauHosts, Owner at Waiorau Homestead, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
Hi Anna , it was lovely to have you come and stay with us and enjoy our quiet and beautiful surroundings. We do note a lot of our guests go away rested and rejuvenated and we are pleased you were too. Thank you for the review.
Kind wishes, Ann &Blyth
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

As all the other reviewers say, this is really a fantastic B&B, extremely luxurious and nicer than any others i have found in NZ. First, the location: set in the Cardrona valley surrounded by mountains and countryside, with amazing views. The entrance is spectacular with a long drive down a tree lined driveway that opens up to the house and enormous gardens. The house and rooms themselves are very tastefully done, and very comfortable. (we asked for breakfast at 7.30 but turned up an hour later after a long deep sleep! Just not used to such silence anymore! And that was no worries with Ann and Blyth - they say it happens all the time!) And speaking of breakfast - WOW! Best B&B breakfast ever. Blyth told me afterwards tht he works as a chef. So that explained it. On the back of the breakfast we booked dinner for that evening (and the next) and they were just delicious. Very generous portions of lamb the first day and really delicious salmon the next. Not only is the dinner worth it, but once you drive in the gates you won't want to leave! We swam in the pool and followed that up with a hot spa under the stars. Ann suggested we bring a wine with us and what a treat that was! Do take a spa if you come and feel like you are in the lap of luxury!
My last words are for Ann and Blyth who are excellent hosts. They know exactly how to run a B&B, chatting to us, but giving us space, heaps of tips and very tatsy pre dinner nibbles. A very memorable break for us in the midst of our NZ trip!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Kahurangi - direct access to the terrace and our own little table and chairs to enj...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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WaiorauHosts, Owner at Waiorau Homestead, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
Hi guests from WA - thank you so much for your fabulous review - we were delighted to have you stay and that you took the opportunity to enjoy our homestead and hospitality. Kind wishes Blyth& Ann.
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County Clare, Ireland
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

We returned here for a long weekend to celebrate our 10th anniversary, having been here for just 1 day last year on our South island tour. We had 3 nights here, in the Kahurangi room and it was just perfect, just what we wanted for the occasion. After active days running the nearby trails (there's heaps to do right from their front gate) and with the chilly evenings we jumped in the hot spa every night and the night sky was just amazing! The beauty of the location in the Cardrona valley is that you are totally surrounded by countryside, with no lights visible and total silence. We sat with our wine in the hot tub and just soaked it all up, feeling the stress of the city melt away. Pure bliss.
In fact apart from our runs, we didn't leave the place, having a beautiful dinner cooked by Blyth every evening and chatting over wines with Ann before dinner. They are such lovely hosts and made our anniversary feel so special.
Thanks so much guys, we will be back again, maybe for our 11th anniversary or my 'big' birthday next year!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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WaiorauHosts, Owner at Waiorau Homestead, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
Dear guests , thank you for coming and staying with us again this year - it is always a great compliment to have guests return and so we do hope you will be with us again for the 'big birthday' next year. Thank you for your review, we really appreciate it. Kindest regards, Ann & Blyth.
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

I am delinquent on my review since I stayed here in late nov.... But this stay was one of the main highlights of my two week holiday in new Zealand and Australia. I've stayed at many varying b and bs to luxury resorts and Waiorau blows them out of the water. I only wish we could've made use of the pool...hot tub or fireplace. But I was too happily full and tipsy from dining at cadrona hotel :) I would recommend staying here more than a day.

If I had known about the helicopters being able to land in their back yard and ability to host weddings. I Would've had my wedding here!

Ann was busy heading to work but we did get to chat with Blythe. They are an amazing couple and the perfect hosts. Love Waiorau homestead!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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WaiorauHosts, Owner at Waiorau Homestead, responded to this review, April 6, 2013
Dear Guests - thank you so much for your great review - it is much appreciated and we hope one day you will retun to see us again in this beautiful part of the world, Kindest regards, Ann & Blyth
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

We spent one night at this lovely B&B which was purposely built when the present owners extended the original homestead quite a few years ago. Ann and Blyth are great hosts and we enjoyed our stay in their delightful home.

We opted to eat out at the original Cardrona Hotel as we had been eating far too much on our drive around the South Island, but the two other couples who were staying at Waiorau at the same time as us, had one of Ann's delicious dinners which we heard about next morning. If you do stay at Waiorau, make sure you have very little to eat on the day of your arrival so that you can enjoy Ann and Blyth's wonderful hospitality.

Our room, the Kahurangi Room was very comfortable and it had a lovely terrace where we could sit and read. There is also a separate lounge with a huge TV and DVD's for the guests as well as a dining room. It is a very comfortable "home away from home".

Room Tip: All the rooms are lovely but our room - the Kahurangi - was supposed to be the best
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Aussiegal15
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WaiorauHosts, Owner at Waiorau Homestead, responded to this review, April 6, 2013
Hi Aussie guests - we were delighted to host you at Waiorau Homestead and thank you for your kind review of our property. But definately stay longer next time and enjoy some home cooked meals. All the best, Ann & Blyth
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

We recently stayed two nights at the Waiorau Homestead on a recommendation from a trusted source. Apart from the slight difficulty in locating the B&B, everything about the experience was fantastic. Ann & Blyth are gregarious hosts and provided some of the best hospitality we experienced during our trip to New Zealand. The property is beautiful and secluded; the rooms are well-furnished and beds comfortable; the breakfasts are delicious. Take Ann & Blyth up on their offer to cook you dinner. The meal was one of the highlights of our stay. If we ever make it back to New Zealand, we will definitely return to Wairoau.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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WaiorauHosts, Owner at Waiorau Homestead, responded to this review, April 2, 2013
Dear guests, thank you very much for your review of our property - we do appreciate your feedback and thank your sister also for the referal. We hope the remainder of your trip to NZ was great and look forward to hosting some more family members in the future. Kind regards, Ann & Blyth
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

If you want an intimate and stylish place to stay, this is the right place! We had a homecooked breakfast each morning that exceeded our expectations! The place had plenty of nice areas to tuck yourself away into and the views were stunning.

  • Stayed March 2013
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WaiorauHosts, Owner at Waiorau Homestead, responded to this review, April 2, 2013
Dear guests - thank you for you review and we are pleased you were able to take some time out to relax and take in our beautiful surroundings. Kindest regards
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Property: Waiorau Homestead
Address: 2127B Cardrona Valley Road | RD1, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in Wanaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Waiorau Homestead 4.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Waiorau Luxury Homestead offers the ultimate in luxury Cardona Valley, Wanaka Accommodation – comfort, style and hospitality. Waiorau Homestead is within two minutes drive to the access roads of Cardrona, Snow Farm & Snow Park - from bed to first run - 20 minutes! With a large number of nearby attractions and activities, Waiorau Homestead is the perfect haven for unwinding at the end of the day. Nestled at the heart of Central Otago and ideally situated between Queenstown and Wanaka, there are a numerous outdoor activites, wineries and walks to be enjoyed. ... more   less 
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