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Websters on Wanaka Lodge
Ranked #17 of 52 Wanaka B&B and Inns
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
“Very high quality B&B, fantastic stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2013

My family stayed here one night in (20s/Sept). It is absolutely one of the best B&B we stayed in NZ. The owner is very friendly and warm hearted. Every item in the house is high quality, comfy bed, high grade kitchen and bathroom, the yummy cookies baked by the hostress, and also the superb spa under the star.... BTW, there is rice cooker for asian family...

The only pity is that we should have booked here more nights~~~ Absolutly will be here next time in wanaka.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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WebstersonWanaka, Owner at Websters on Wanaka Lodge, responded to this review, January 20, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to offer your review and to know you had a wonderful stay in our Alpine Peaks Apartment. It is a real gem with all the extra touches that apartments often don't have as well as assistance on hand if needed We also have added chopsticks, slippers and many extras to suit our guests. The rice cooker has been a real success. I hope we see you back in Wanaka in the future.
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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2013

Wow, some long and enthusiastic reviews on here so will firstly say I agree with all of them. Keeping this short and sweet. Stayed one night during a 14 day tour of the South Island. Stayed in Cordrona room which is a very high standard and very comfortable. A bit out of town ( pleasant 20 minute walk downhill to get into town ) but the host will drop you off and pick you up so that is no issue. Great breakfast. All round high quality B&B.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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WebstersonWanaka, Owner at Websters on Wanaka Lodge, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Many thanks for taking the time to offer your review. We enjoyed meeting you and discussing your travels over wine and canapés I remember you loved the lake view from the Cardrona room and the fact that the property was in such a quiet spot and not that far from town and no hassle with our courtesy coach. I trust your return to UK went well. We hope there is an opportunity to host you again in the future.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2013

My boyfriend and I are from Sydney, Australia and we traveled to Wanaka for a ski holiday. We choose Wanaka because of its proximity to Treble Cone (a ski field ~30 minutes away for more advanced skiers), and because of its reputation for being more laid back and quiet, compared to Queenstown. It turned out to be our favorite destination in New Zealand and we already want to go back, and of course, stay at Websters again.

I have to admit, when I initially began searching for accommodation in Wanaka I simply went down the TA list of most popular B&Bs, and Websters' was the most popular one that was available for the 4 nights I requested - what luck! I can't imagine staying at a better place. I honestly think that they would be higher on the TA list, if not at the top of the list, had they been around for longer. They are a relatively new B&B and have only been operating for about 1.5 years.

I booked my room through their website which was easy and the confirmation was prompt. They took my credit card details to secure the booking, but payment was not necessary until I arrived.

Websters is located about 3 minutes drive from the center of town, down the road from the lake, and about 4 minutes from Puzzling World. The grounds are nicely tended and you have wonderful views of snow capped mountains from the house.

I stayed in the Cardrona room which costs about NZ$200/night. It was tucked away on top of a stair case offering lots of privacy. It was a spacious room with a super queen bed, 2 armchairs, a digital TV with DVD player, air conditioner (there is also central heating for colder months), a tea tray, mini fridge and a private bathroom just outside the door (on top of the stairs, your room is to your right and the bathroom is to your left. You can move between the rooms without anyone seeing you, which I thought was like an ensuite but better! as it separated your living space from the bathroom and gave you a spacious bathroom). There was also a balcony with beautiful views of the mountains and a small outdoor set if you wanted to sit outside. The room was very nicely decorated, with modern finishes and a warm ambiance. Similar to the rest of the house.

Sleep quality is an important feature for me when I am looking for accommodation, as my partner is a difficult sleeper. However he slept well in our room. Although the room offers beautiful light when the shutters and curtains are opened, when they are both drawn they provide a dark room with no light creeping in to wake you prematurely in the morning. The air conditioner on top of the central heating, and plenty of blankets also allow you to regulate the temperature throughout the night. And the location is very peaceful; there is no street noise and despite there being a chicken pen outside (which is fun to look at) we did not hear them at all.

Each morning, Liz prepares a generous and tasty breakfast at a time of your choosing. There are a selection of cereals and home made muesli with yogurt and fruits on the buffet to start, and a full cooked breakfast with toasts, croissants and spreads, bacon, sausages, eggs how you like, and beans to follow.

Liz and Neil are great hosts. As well as being friendly and warm, they were particularly thoughtful. They saw us off every time we went out and made sure we were prepared for the day; they brought out windscreen wipers and warm water to take the frost off our car in the morning, clarified directions to the ski fields and other places of interest, presented us with dinner menus from local restaurants and the use of their phone to make dinner arrangements, and knew when to offer help, like when I spent some time trying to figure out the laundry/drier, and greeted us at the front door when we came back from our outings. All this, yet Liz and Neil were never intrusive, offering the right amount of privacy and the feeling that we were being well looked after.

I am especially glad that I stayed here because on top of a comfortable stay, I feel like there was real value for money. There were so many little extras and facilities; the room was re-made each day, including replenishment of free tea and coffee, small chocolates and baked goods on the tea tray, milk in the fridge, shampoo AND conditioner (the only B&B to have offered conditioner on my trip), a small platter with drinks/wine before dinner each evening, spa, dry room for skiiers, laundry/drier, and a complimentary shuttle to/from town. There is no compromise on quality either, all the linens, furnishings and goodies that are provided to you are of high quality which makes the stay feel extra special.

Bottom line: Comfortable, good value, quality stay with beautiful views and hosts that make you feel well looked after

Thank you Liz and Neil, we hope to be back in the future.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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WebstersonWanaka, Owner at Websters on Wanaka Lodge, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Wow thank you so much for such a great review. You have captured so much of your stay with us. You managed to highlight many of the little extra things that we like to offer really that goes to adding value to your stay. As you mentioned this location is perfect because of the view and closeness to town and other activities but with a rural outlook and the lake views which is what sets this location apart. We loved hosting you and hope to see you return to Wanaka perhaps in the Autumn when the place is a blaze of Autumn colour.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2013

Another stop on our around-NZ honeymoon. There are lots of B&B's to choose from around Wanaka, all of which we looked in to. We chose Websters on a few criteria that set them apart from others, and perhaps we can pass these recommendations on to you:
1. Away from the core. We LOVED that they were off the beaten path, with a good couple of acres
2. Boasted lovely gardens...by this I mean vegetable gardens. They also have chickens, and take pride in cooking their breakfast from fresh, local, from-their garden as much as possible, and sustainable. The breakfast was amazing, filling, and healthy (minus those devilish croissants of which we each HAD to have two of!)
3. Extras...we were offered wine in the evening with Liz and Neil. Unfortunately we had a lot on our plate so were too late to join them. They had freshly ground coffee available with an assortment of milk to use whenever and however much we wanted.
4. Clean and comfy- BIG plus for us is the cleanliness of the bathroom and sleep quality. All other reviews touched on this, but i must reiterate this. And the shower is lovely and appears quite new.
5. View. Lovely view from our shared balcony, of which we were alone on with a table and chairs. They had a hot tub but we did not have a chance to use it.
6. Hosts. You guys were so friendly and hospitable. If we had known how lovely a town Wanaka was before booking, and how much we loved your accommodation, we would have stayed another night instead of heading in to Queenstown like we did for 5 nights. You were so friendly and helpful with everything from where to eat, swim, have some vino, and hike. It is no wonder you are rated so high.

If we ever get the opportunity to return to New Zealand, we will head back to Websters.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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WebstersonWanaka, Owner at Websters on Wanaka Lodge, responded to this review, July 27, 2013
Thank you so much for such a lovely review. We were delighted to host you and glad to see the recommendation to others to dedicate a few nights of the travel schedule to Wanaka. It really is a bit of a hidden treasure. I remember you loved the outlook and the panoramic views of the mountains and lake, which is the real bonus of our elevated position. We are really committed to sustainability and so many of our guests love that aspect to their stay with us I sure hope to see you back in Wanaka with us in the future
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013 via mobile

We had a lovely stay here last year in December. The B&B was fabulously located - peaceful with great local views - and the hosts were ver warm and welcoming. The breakfast was delicious and the thoughtful, extra touches really set this B&B apart. The outdoor spa with views and drinks/cheese platter were the perfect way to spend the evening. Thank you!

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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WebstersonWanaka, Owner at Websters on Wanaka Lodge, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
Thank you for offering a such a great review of your time spent with us here in Wanaka. It is also such a bonus for those who stay more than a night to get the most out of their stay with us as well as make the most of what Wanaka offers. Breakfasts here at the lodge always make a great start to the day and the opportunity to have a platter and drinks as well as a spa a real bonus after a busy day of activities. I remember you had a busy schedule so hope the rest of your NZ trip went well
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

Three excellent nights at Liz and Neil,s home, overwhelming hospitality and superb accommodation I cannot recommend it enough and without doubt was one of the highlights of our holiday in New Zealand.

Room Tip: All rooms are well equipped and extremely comfortable.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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WebstersonWanaka, Owner at Websters on Wanaka Lodge, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
Thank you so much for your great review. We loved hosting you over your 3 night stay and were pleased you dined in and made the most of our in house menu. When the weather is settled it is perfect place for guests to dine in and enjoy local wines on the balcony or patios.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013

Stayed 3 nights at Liz and Neil's home. As well as the facilities been top class in all respects, their attention to detail for breakfast and driving you into town and picking you up later in the evening, all meant this was one of the best, most relaxing homes we stayed at whilst on holiday in NZ.
If it weren't for the long-haul flights I'd book to go again next year.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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WebstersonWanaka, Owner at Websters on Wanaka Lodge, responded to this review, April 16, 2013
Thank you for your lovely review of the time spent here with us. Many guests appreciate our booking service and courtesy car drop off and pick up to local restaurants thus taking the uncertainty out of evening dinner options. It was a pleasure to help you with advice when you were planning the days activities over a leisurely breakfast. We would love to see you back as I remember you had so many things you wanted to see and do around Wanaka.
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Property: Websters on Wanaka Lodge
Address: 137 Anderson Road | Wanaka 9305, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand (Formerly Drummonds on Wanaka)
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in Wanaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Websters on Wanaka Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Websters on Wanaka Lodge and Apartments has both a boutique purpose built luxury accommodation Lodge and a choice of 1,2 or 3 bedroom luxury apartments in the Wanaka area. We are located just 1.5 Km from the lake and township. The lodge is well situated on the crest of a hill making the maximum of a sunny position on a fabulous 2 acres site in Wanaka. The alpine environment is such a picture postcard with sweeping picture windows throughout the Lodge to capture the panoramic view of the lofty Harris Mountain Range and World Heritage listed Mount Aspiring National Park.Our town apartments provide close proximity to town and only a few minutes walk to the lakefront.When your hosts Liz and Neil Webster took on the Lodge and Apartments that they have aptly refer to as Wanaka's Hidden Gem they instantly saw the huge appeal and its latent potential. They have both travelled extensively to most corners of the world so know first-hand what makes an ideal traveller or holiday maker retreat. This is such a perfect destination for those looking for a quiet retreat, a special event or a wedding with the added bonus of a real sense of privacy. They can accommodate individuals, couples or groups in a mix of either self-catering accommodation or full Bed and Breakfast service. ... more   less 
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