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Waiorau Homestead
Ranked #1 of 52 Wanaka B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Singapore, Singapore
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Great hosts”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

We stayed for 2 nights at Waiorau Homestead in May 2013. Ann and Blyth are great hosts, very friendly and hospitable. Their home is cosy and nicely decorated. If you are on the way from Queenstown to Wanaka and wants to stay out of town, this is a place to stay in.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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WaiorauHosts, Owner at Waiorau Homestead, responded to this review, June 21, 2013
Dear guests
Thank you very much for coming to stay with us but it was just too short , So, next time you come please stay longer. We enjoyed having you at the homeatead and thank you for your kind review.
All the best , Ann & Blyth
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

You will not be disappointed! We stayed at Waiorau Homestead for three nights in late May and had a great stay! The home is beautiful- warm, modern, and extremely well decorated. It looks like something you'd see out of a magazine! After a long day of hiking in Wanaka, it was nice to come back to the private guest lounge and sit by the fire with a glass of wine or relax in the spa and take in the fantastic view of the stars. Ann and Blythe are wonderful hosts- they are extremely friendly and accommodating! Do opt for the three course dinner- the food was amazing!! I would absolutely return!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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WaiorauHosts, Owner at Waiorau Homestead, responded to this review, June 27, 2013
Hi Amanda, thank you so much for your kind review. We hope you enjoyed all your time in New Zealand and we certainly enjoyed having you both here at Waiorau. Have a great Summer - we have 30cms of snow outside at the moment but all good for the ski season though! Kind regards, Ann & Blyth.
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

I stayed at Waiorau Homestead with three other friends for 2 nights in May 2013. This was definitely one of the highlights of our South Island trip!

The place is nestled in the beautiful Cardrona Valley, 20 minutes away from Wanaka and 45 minutes from Queenstown, making it convenient to explore both places by car. The property itself is immaculate and beautifully furnished, boasting facilities such as a jacuzzi in the main bathroom, and a fireplace in the lounge (which has a wide selection of DVDs). Ann and Blyth are also amazing hosts- very friendly, welcoming and hospitable; and always ready to help us with anything we needed. Although we had to leave at 5.30 in the morning on the last day, Blyth still insisted on preparing breakfast for us before we left! All in all, the stay at Waiorau Homestead was one of the best we've had. Will definitely return if I visit South Island again :)

Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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WaiorauHosts, Owner at Waiorau Homestead, responded to this review, June 21, 2013
Hi Pauline
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this review for us - we enjoyed having you and friends to stay - you were easy guests to have and Blyth did not mind at all getting up to see you off on your early departure. We would love to have you come and stay again - next time you are in the South Island. Best wishes, Blyth & Ann
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Mission Beach, Australia
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

Wonderful B&B presented immaculately and is the type of property you would expect to see featured in a home / decorators magazine. Surrounded by beautiful countryside and always had a well stoked "real fire" lit in the sitting room. The owners were fantastic and fed us an amazing meal paired with the best of the local pinot noir. Can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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WaiorauHosts, Owner at Waiorau Homestead, responded to this review, June 8, 2013
Hi R & N, thank you for taking the time to post the review and it is much appreciated. We very much enjoyed your company & having you stay with us and those beagles are going to miss all that attention! Do come and stay with us again soon. Kind regards, Ann & Blyth.
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

Our group of 7 stayed at Waiorau Homestead for 2 nights in May 2013. What an excellent homestead! It is so immaculately maintained and well furnished. Truly it gives us the feeling of home away from home. The location is perfect - far from the crowd and yet only 20 minutes to Wanaka and 45 minutes to Queenstown. Around the homestead there are beautiful nature walks which are really relaxing to explore. Ann and Blyth are very friendly hosts who spared no effort in making us comfortable. One of our group members has this to say: Awesome! Ann & Blyth are perfect host, warm and friendly. The house is big yet cozy, tastefully decorated, clean and warm. Sitting room overlooked the garden and snow capped mountains. Breakfast, tea and dinner by the host is super. Will definitely recommend friends. Thank you Ann and Blyth." Another member said this: "For me in terms of comfort, food and hospitality this place and the hosts are the best I have ever experienced in all my holidays. I really love this place - so clean and so tastefully done, especially the approach to the house through all the tall trees and small streams... so serene and peaceful." Congratulations Ann & Blyth for having such a wonderful homestead.

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WaiorauHosts, Owner at Waiorau Homestead, responded to this review, June 8, 2013
Hi Lip & ladies - what fun we had while you were here and we certainly enjoyed having you all to stay. I am only pleased that Blyth was not spirited away to Singapore for chefing duties! We would love to see you here again and thank you very much for the kind review. Kind regards, Blyth & Ann.
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

What a way to end our amazing South Island trip, staying at the Waiorau Homestead was just what the doctor ordered......and more! My girlfriend and myself set off on our first overseas trip to the South Island, our last 3 days which were spent at the Waiorau Homestead before heading back home were by far the most special.

The Homestead located around the beautiful settings of the Cardrona Valley, is spectacular inside and out. Beautifully decorated inside by Ann's fine eye for interior decorating, and the outside grounds perfectly maintained. Our room was soo cozy and comfortable, private bathroom with spa and scented soaps and shampoo's was everything we were looking for and more. Waking up in the mornings at the Waiorau Homestead was such a pleasure. Breakfasts were a feast of goodness and Ann & Blyth's hospitality was nothing but impeccable. From the first day to last, both Ann and Blyth made our stay pleasurable. Blyth's cooking skills are amazing and our decision to eat in at the Waiorau Homestead for dinner on the last night was the best because our meal was beyond better then what the local restaurants could offer. We would highly recommend the Waiorau Homestead, and definitely book dinner when you stay. Thanks Ann and Blyth!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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WaiorauHosts, Owner at Waiorau Homestead, responded to this review, June 8, 2013
Hi Guys, thank you so much for your generous review and we certainly enjoyed having you stay with us. We hope all goes well on the job fronts and we very much look forward to your next snowboarding holiday - make it soon. Kind regards, Ann & Blyth
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Mermaid Waters, Australia
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

Our stay was for 3 nights and we wish it was longer ! I wanted a memorable time away with my husband for his 40th birthday ( we left the kids with nan & pop !! ) We saw the photos and thought Waiorau Homestead looked beautiful, but our expectations were defiantly exceeded once we arrived at this special location. The grounds are so beautiful, the views are stunning and the comfortable & stylish decor of the Homestead made us feel very spoilt & taken of. Ann & Blyth are the most lovely people & perfect hostesses. The attention & love they put into every detail is obvious, from the tasty breakfasts, amazing main meals to the & fluffy his & hers robes and slippers in our rooms. We cant wait to visit again and are so happy we found this little slice of heaven. Kind Regards - Sian & Paul Shannon

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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WaiorauHosts, Owner at Waiorau Homestead, responded to this review, May 28, 2013
Dear Sian & Paul, Thank you so much for your thoughtful and kind review and more importantly thank you for coming to stay with us. Your generous gift was unbelievable- I think it is the hosts who should be doing that - in any case your thoughtfulness was much appeciated. We very much look forward to meeting all of the family sometime in the future. Kindest regards, Ann & Blyth
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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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