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Waiorau Homestead
Ranked #1 of 52 Wanaka B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Christchurch, New Zealand
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“Superlative”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

I'd invited my friends for a skiing holiday and then had to arrange accommodation ,I hit the jack pot.Blyth and Ann's home was perfect for us. Immaculate presentation, comfortable, artfull,wonderfull attention to detail with heavenly toiletries, comfortable beds,a cosy and welcoming lounge.,but perhaps for me the best feature was the hosts who provided a truly warming kiwi experience of the highest calibre.Others have mentioned the superb evening meals ,great breakfasts, unexpected cheese platters and nibbles,we had all of this and more.
Can't wait to return .
Thank you

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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WaiorauHosts, Owner at Waiorau Homestead, responded to this review, August 25, 2013
Hi Roseanne - thank you so much for your wonderful review and also thank you for organising the group to come and stay. We really enjoyed your and the boys' company - the conversation and humour! Hope that flying schedule is not too hard this month. Please keep in touch and we would love to host you and Ken here sometime. Kind regards, Ann & Blyth.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

The day starts with as much delicious breakfast as you can eat. If you leave the breakfast table with even a small corner left to fill, then it's your own fault.

We spent our days skiing or touring the area and arrived back to plates of nibbles and glasses of wine. A soak in the hot tub soothed away the aches of the day.

Nothing was too much trouble for our hosts - "you're on holiday" was all I heard when I tried to do pretty much anything for myself.

I urge you to take advantage of the home-cooked evening meals. It's unlikely you've eaten that well anywhere else on your trip.

And then you can relax in the lounge in front of a roaring log-burning stove or watch TV or one of the DVDs, or borrow a book, or play one of the board games, or take advantage of the free wifi. Whatever you want, before going to sleep in your super-comfy bed.

I cannot think of anything that would have made this a better place to stay.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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WaiorauHosts, Owner at Waiorau Homestead, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
Hi our new friend from Scotland - thank you so much for taking the time to do a review for us. It was a pleasure to have you stay at Waiorau and we are pleased you enjoyed everything about your stay including your skiing - bar one day! Enjoy the rest of your time in New Zealand and hopefully we will see you back here again one day. Kind regards, Ann & Blyth
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2013

Imagine this..a home away from home located literally a few hundred metres from the access road to Cardrona Ski Fields, amazing views, luxurious bedrooms with divinely comfortable beds and everything you could need at your fingertips, impeccable and tasteful interior and a warm and welcoming lounge with a fireplace and two lovely hosts who have thought of everything when it comes to making you feel at home and thoroughly spoilt. This was our blissful reality when we stayed at the homestead last week with our two teens. Anne and Blyth are naturals when it comes to hosting and literally everything was taken care of. I have travelled a fair bit and our stay was a very happy surprise because we had never experienced this kind of hospitality before. The breakfast spread was plentiful and even our teens went away from the table unable to eat anymore. We did the special dinner cooked by Blyth and it was well worth it. He is a chef and everything was wonderful. Again everything including the wine and the ambience was considered. Oh and say yes to the cheese plate, it was divine. We will be back!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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WaiorauHosts, Owner at Waiorau Homestead, responded to this review, September 5, 2013
Dear Brisgirl & family, Thank you very much for coming to stay at Waiorau, your kind review and feedback. We really enjoyed your company and were pleased you had a chance to get some skiing in. Hopefully we will see you again during your next Summer break to NZ. Take care. Blyth & Ann
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2013

We were only going to stay 2 nights but stayed an extra night because it was so nice.
Great location and very family friendly, my 3 yr old still talks about Mr Basel and Miss BB.
Blyth and Ann are fabulous hosts and their home is beautiful, comfortable and most importantly warm after a hard day on the slopes.
We are looking forward to staying there again and Waiorau Homestead would be my pick of places to stay in Wanaka.
Thank you for a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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WaiorauHosts, Owner at Waiorau Homestead, responded to this review, September 5, 2013
Dear guests, thank you for taking the time to do a review on our property - we are pleased you enjoyed your time with us and we look forward to your return when you next take a winter break away. Kind regards, Ann & Blyth
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

I can't wait to go back to Waiorau Homestead for future snow holidays! I enjoyed the friendly atmosphere created by Blyth and Ann - always up for a general chat and great with providing advice about restaurant choices, accessing the snow, etc. Their pets (2 beagles and a cat) were another highlight and we enjoyed meeting and hanging out with them, although if you are not an animal person it would be more than easy to avoid them. I loved the little details that made the stay more comfortable such as the warmth of our room and the house, the comfy bathrobes, the underfloor heating in the bathroom, the warm fire in the lounge room, the supply of yummy beverages, the delicious breakfast and the general hospitality of Blyth and Ann. We also enjoyed one of the dinners cooked by Blyth and it was amazing!! If you want to go out to dinner there is Cardrona Hotel a couple of minutes drive up the road and Wanaka is a 20 minute drive away. Also the entrance to Cardrona ski fields is only a couple of minutes drive also so very convenient for skiers and snowboarders.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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WaiorauHosts, Owner at Waiorau Homestead, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
Dear Guests
Our apologies for the delay in coming back to thank you very much for your review and which we appreciate very much. It has been a busy winter and we were glad to host you during that time and pleased also that you loved the beagles - they like their own special mention as well! We hope to see you at Waiorau again in the future. Kindest regards, Ann & Blyth.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013

My husband and I were looking for places to stay on our snow trip to NZ and we choose this property because one of these specials you can find online time to time and were pleasantly surprised at how beautiful, cozy and comfortable it was. Waiorau Homestead is a perfect charming and enchanted little place in the middle of snow farms and skifields, Cardrona is just next door. The hosts Ann and Blyth are just amazing people and they don’t measure efforts ttrying to please you. The bedrooms are amazingly well equipped and decorated to make you few at home. Breakfast is delicious with a big variety of everything and not forgetting to mention the cozy guest lounge area with fire place and good selection of music and movies, afternoon nibbles and tea, wine and spa! Love it love it love it! We are definitely staying there again on our next trip to NZ. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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WaiorauHosts, Owner at Waiorau Homestead, responded to this review, October 3, 2013
Hi Ludmilla, my apologies for the delay in coming back - we have had a busy winter and only now taking the time for a small breather! But thank you so much for taking the time to post a review for us - we are glad you enjoyed your time at Waiorau Homestead and of course we would love to have you back again for another holiday some time. Take care and best regards. Ann & Blyth
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

Upon arriving at Waiorau Homestead, we were instantly blown away with the beauty of the place. The quiet serenity was just what we needed to unwind and relax. But there was also never a shortage of things to do should you felt like it. It was the perfect escape.

Blythe and Anne were so accommodating, friendly, and generous. Nothing was too much or too hard. They really went out of their way to make our time at the Homestead a memorable one and were sad to leave.

The location was perfect, just being a short drive down the road into Wanaka for great shopping, and even greater restaurants, pubs, cafes, anything you wanted. And an even shorter drive to the ski fields for some fun in the snow.

My husband and I will definitely be returning to the Homestead in future and want to bring some friends and family. Whatever reason for going, whether it’s a romantic holiday or a getaway with friends, Waiorau Homestead is the perfect place.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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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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