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Waiorau Homestead
Ranked #1 of 53 Wanaka B&B and Inns
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

We had the most amazing time at Waiorau Homestead!! Ann and Blythe were fantastic hosts, they put on the BEST breakfast spread (which was included in the accommodation price) and the food was fit for a king!!! Blythe is a chef and his cooking is absolutely AMAZING - the 3 course dinner meal was sensational. We loved the décor, the homey vibe and the rooms were furnished beautifully and sound proofed from other guests. The fireplace kept the whole house cosy and warm making it a wonderful place to return to after skiing. Finishing touches like heated towel racks, bedside water bottles, freshly picked flowers, cheese platters, fresh towels, room service, travel advice and much much more made our stay at Waiorau Homestead the most wonderful experience. Flawless! Thank you, we'll be back! (and I've already recommended you to my uncle)

Room Tip: All of the rooms are lovely!
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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WaiorauHosts, Owner at Waiorau Homestead, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2013

Dear Helene & Ben,
It was such a pleasure to have you stay with us and I hope all was well when you got home to pick up the children. Thank you very much also for your thoughtful review and we will be looking forward to your next visit. Take care & kindest regards, Ann & Blyth.

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Reviewed September 14, 2013

My husband and I recently had 4 days in the gorgeous homestead of Ann and Blyth. We loved every minute of it. The accommodation is 20 minutes from Wanaka and 40 minutes from Queenstown...absolutely the most perfect spot if you are skiing Cardrona. We weren't skiing but perfect for us nonetheless.
Everything to do with our stay was perfect. The rooms, while not huge, are perfectly comfortable with great comfy beds, your own TV and DVD player, lovely bathroom with high quality products. The huge lounge with gorgeous mountain views was kept warm with a beautiful fire. The decor of the home is absolutely delightful and almost a little art gallery in itself. The attention to detail in the home is superb with lovely matching china and quality EVERYTHING. We also enjoyed the surrounds and grounds of the home and all the lovely walks nearby.
There's a selection of DVD's, lots of books to peruse or read.
The lovely touch of the gorgeous homemade afternoon tea....served warm is such a treat after a big day out and that is then followed by a lovely cheese nibblie platter and wine.....and OMG brekky is a real treat. Cereals, fruit juice, yoghurt, fruits, toasts croissants and your choice of whatever hot breakfast you would like.......we had the most delicious omelet on a couple of mornings.....superb! There is also wide selection of quality tea and coffee that you can help yourself to at anytime....even the nice packet cappuccinos and lattes if you choose
The 2 resident beagles and the 16 year old puss are a delight....not intrusive in any way and add to the homely, friendly,caring, happy atmosphere of the homestead. If you are not an animal lover you will be by the time you leave but you can choose to not have them intrude in your stay if you prefer.
The lovely old Cardrona historic pub is just a short delightful walk away and the food is superb also.
I could really keep raving forever but anyone thinking of trying Waiorau.... just make the booking NOW!. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.
Thank you Blyth for a wonderful stay and hospitality experience in NZ. (Sorry we didn't get to meet you Ann.....we will just have to come back!! Loved every minute of it!

Room Tip: All 3 rooms are beautiful. We had the end room which we found perfect as it is maybe the most privat...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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WaiorauHosts, Owner at Waiorau Homestead, responded to this reviewResponded September 20, 2013

Hi Brissie guests, thank you so much for taking the time to do such a thorough and extensive review - we are very grateful. We enjoyed your company as well and are certainly looking forward to a return visit at any time. Kind regards, Ann & Blyth

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Reviewed August 24, 2013

What else can I say, great food, great company great setting and great hosts! From the moment we arrived till the very sad moment when we went home everything was just perfect. Can't wait to come again.

Stayed: August 2013
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WaiorauHosts, Owner at Waiorau Homestead, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2013

Hi Alex - we were delighted to have you and friends stay with us - just delightful company and lots of laughs! Thank you for your review and of course looking forward to seeing you on your next ski holiday in NZ. Kindest regards A & B.

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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 .
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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WaiorauHosts, Owner at Waiorau Homestead, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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 reviewResponded 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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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 reviewResponded 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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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 reviewResponded 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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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
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Ranked #1 of 53 B&Bs / Inns in Wanaka
Price Range: $189 - $242 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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