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“The Best of Boutique”
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The Hayloft
Ranked #28 of 45 Specialty Lodging in Wanaka
Passau
2 reviews
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“The Best of Boutique”
Reviewed September 24, 2010

March this year was the third time we've stayed with John and Julie at The Hayloft. The fact we keep returning says everything - this is the perfect place to base yourself for a stay in the region.

The Loft itself is its own self-contained apartment - a place that as soon as you walk into it feels like home (or at least the home you'd create if you had this sense of style). The view from the couch really does look like all those beautiful pictures on the internet, only better because you're actually there yourself!

John and Julie are incredibly generous and welcoming hosts who make you feel at home straight away. They always give us excellent tips for places to go hiking and the best places to eat in town.

I can't recommend The Hayloft more highly. It's the very best of boutique accommodation.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Hobbitguide, Owner at The Hayloft, responded to this review, October 11, 2010
Miss Penoir
It is always a pleasure to see our guests again. Glad you enjoyed your hiking and your meal. We’re so pleased you feel at home here in our little piece of paradise and we hope to see you again soon!
Best Wishes.... John and Julie
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed August 26, 2010

We stayed at the Hayloft as a part of our honeymoon roadtrip around NZ and it was our favorite spot of the trip. John and Julie are the perfect hosts - they stocked our fridge with fresh jam and champagne, and even covered our car window at night to prevent frost. They were caring and concerned without being intrusive. The apartment is beautiful - it is so much space and really well appointed. You could not ask for a prettier view. I hope we make it back to NZ some time soon and if so we will definitely stay in the Hayloft again.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Hobbitguide, Owner at The Hayloft, responded to this review, October 11, 2010
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We love having honeymooners to stay :) ... knowing how many fantastic places there are in NZ we really appreciate your kind comments... we hope you make it back soon too!
Best Wishes ... Julie & John
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Bangkok Thailand
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Reviewed January 15, 2010

My wife and I stayed there in April 2007 and enjoyed it very much, although or perhaps because the house is built from bales of hay - hence the name "The Hayloft". If you don't believe it, check with the owner.
If you are a "cloud spotter" or a "star" gazer', this place is ideal, because it sports balconies to the west and the east and even an overhead window (to watch from your cozy bed), that you won't miss anything. If you haven't seen the "starry" nightskies of NZ yet, it's about time you should. you will never forget.
However, during daylight Wanaka offers a lot, too, e.g. great tracks in a dream landscape, one along the river "Clutha", a second by the'"Diamond Lake", to name but two. The owner has many more to recommend.
Wilfried & Saovanee, Bangkok, Thailand

  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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Bayern
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Reviewed December 15, 2009

A few months ago, my wife and I stayed in this wonderful guest house/apartment. Being avid film fans, we found our host John to be an expert in everything surrounding the filming of The Lord of the Rings which had been partly filmed in the area. This really made our day, as he was able to point out a lot of the film locations to us.

The hospitality of Julie and John was great, and they really took time to give us plenty of tips for our stay in the Hayloft.

What was also great was the fact that their house is built with haybarn. We had never heard of that before. Nevertheless, the apartment is lovingly decorated and has balconies with just the most stunning views.

The Hayloft is a winner! We'll be back, most likely again in March next year.

Pennie and Stefan

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Lyon
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Reviewed May 7, 2009

We were travelling through New Zealand for 3 weeks, and this was really one of the best places we came across. The apartment is so tastefully decorated that you would like to stay at least for a week. I has an independant access, a huge shower, a lovely bedroom with a very comfortable mattress, a living room with a small kitchen where you find everything to prepare your own meals, and two balconies. Breakfast provisions can be provided on request. The owners, John and Julie, are very charming and give you all the information you need about this beautiful part of the country.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Exeter, UK
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Reviewed March 30, 2009

Hayloft, Wanaka
Not just a B&B but a whole apartment, with independent access and spacious accommodation including 2 balconies - one off the bedroom and one off the living room. Tasteful, low-key decoration; top quality bed and cotton sheets; huge shower; kitchen with generous provisions for first night; free use of washing machine and internet; fabulous location. As soon as we were shown round we asked if we could increase our stay from 3 nights to 4 and, although it rained nearly all the time we were there, it didn't matter because we were in such an aesthetically-pleasing, comfortable home-from-home with great rural views. Our hosts, John and Julie, were charming and helpful and utterly discreet. Of all our 13 very good stays in New Zealand, this was the best. Stay as long as you can; there is heaps to do in Wanaka, even in wet weather.
S&A Fry, South West England

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Hayloft
Address: 272 Ballantyne Road | RD2, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 45 Specialty Lodging in Wanaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We warmly invite you to stay at our unique, strawbale loft apartment set on 16 acres of rolling farmland and enjoying fantastic views of the Southern Alps. The perfect retreat for a couple, the Hayloft is a spacious, fully self contained part of our home with its own private access and will be exclusively yours for the duration of your stay. Although self catering, breakfast provisions can be provided for your convenience. ... more   less 

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