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Clearbrook Motel Wanaka
Ranked #5 of 20 Hotels in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane, Australia
1 review
“Perfect accommodation for Family Snowboarding Holiday”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

After much deliberation, I chose to stay at Clearbrook Motel for a family Snowboarding holiday in August – what a fantastic choice! We booked a 2 bdrm apartment for our family of four which was very spacious, clean and comfortable. Location is always a priority for me and Clearbrook didn’t disappoint with the apartments located a short walk to town centre. Traveling with young children can often be very cumbersome however the staff at Clearbrook did a great job alleviating a lot of the stress by providing port a cots, high chairs and dvd players. In addition, they took service to another level by researching child friendly restaurants and placing bookings on our behalf. The Town is fantastic and the Mountains amazing – I cannot recommend Wanaka and Clearbrook Motel enough for a fantastic snowboarding holiday!

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Dubbo, Australia
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

We had a 2 bedroom apartment with a loft as the main bedroom. The views across to the snow capped mountains from the bed was sensational but I suppose not unusual in South Island NZ.
The spa worked a treat and soothed a weary travellers tired body. we could have stayed in Wanaka for much longer, its a lovely spot, small but up market with views on all horizons.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Colorado
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

I'd read the reviews here on TA before booking Clearbrook, and we were not disappointed.

Not only is the location ideal, a mere minutes walk to town, the lakefront, and a grocery store, but this motel somehow still manages to be quiet and serene. The babbling brook is a bonus - whether enjoyed from the patio with a glass of wine while watching the sun go down, or lulling one to sleep at night.

The proprietors are incredibly friendly and helpful and we really enjoyed visiting with Frank, the sleek black stowaway cat, who likes to curl up on the chair next to the heater in the office, even though he doesn't officially live there!

We spent two nights in #8, an end studio unit on the upper floor - it was perfect for our needs - spacious, well laid out, nicely equipped for self-catering, spotless and comfortable. The washer and dryer were a nice addition and much needed a week into our trip.

Lovely place.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Auckland
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

The major point of difference is the environment. Quiet, set back from the road, lovely views of mountains and a lovely brook cascading through the garden outside. Lovely place to stay. Annoying that the outside light shines through into the room at night.

Room Tip: Top floor for views - bottom floor for access to the lovely brook. I don't think it matters much...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

Our stay at Clearbrook was one of the highlights of our trip to NZ. Even though we were skiing most of the time, the staff were extremely friendly and helpful when we were there. They were excellent with the kids and advised us of kid friendly places to visit while we were in town. Clearbrook is 5 mins walk to the lake, and less to the shops. So close to everything. We stayed in a 2 bedroom apartment, which was immaculate, the kitchen and cooking facilities were modern and clean, and there was a regular size fridge (perfect for a family of 4) and excellent clothes washing facilities. The living room was very spacious too and just right for our family. The spa was a bonus and much needed after many a day skiing, and the views, WOW, simply exhilarating. The kids asked if we could live here forever. We'll definitely be back, and I've already told all my friends about Clearbrook. Thanks for the awesome memories.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view (although I'd reckon they're all pretty good).
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

Clearbrook Motel is a fantastic place to stay in Wanaka. The location is ideal. The lake is just a 5 minute walk away, and there are many shops and cafes just outside your door. We stayed in the 3 bedroom unit and it was very spacious. We were able to put the kids to bed in the back room, and sill enjoy our evenings in the living room or patio without disturbing them. They provided a port-a-cot (already made up!!) and a high chair, which was wonderful. The staff offered helpful advice regarding activities in the area, which we appreciated. Everyone we encountered was just lovely--very friendly and eager to help in any way. I would definitely recommend it and would stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed July 19, 2013 via mobile

Looked like a great base for out door activities in wanaka, comfortable roomy with cooking and clothes washing facilities in room. Short walk to main street, 3 mins. Great view to mountains from ground floor, through floor to ceiling glass with sliding door to shared creek and garden area, this area does face a moderately busy road, some people may feel on display with curtains open.
Furniture a bit worn and dated in living area. Great firm bed. Heating was slow to warm but did warm up.
A bit expensive but worth the cost for quality, was a room you wanted to stay in and enjoy, we cooked our own breakfast and dinner to take advantage of the view.
All windows could lock open with very small gap, a nice touch allowed creek noise in.
Shown to room and local options explained by host. Hotel guide book in room was very complete, with multiple walks, menus etc.
Recommend the iron mountain walk.

Clean room, however microwave had been missed and was so dirty we didn't want to use it, full of large chucks of baked beans or something, lint filter in dryer also not emptied.

Would happily stay again, we really enjoyed our stay, however I would consider a lake side location to top off the wanaka experience, purely for the view.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Property: Clearbrook Motel Wanaka
Address: | Corner Helwick and Upton Streets, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
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Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 20 Hotels in Wanaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Clearbrook Motel Wanaka 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Clearbrook offers affordable motel accommodation for all! Including families and groups visiting Lake Wanaka. Conveniently located close to Wanaka town centre, Clearbrook comprises 14 private self-catering apartments and two self-contained holiday homes, fully equipped for a Wanaka holiday.Clearbrook is set in a peaceful location by Bullock Creek and each self-contained apartment has a private balcony or courtyard with stunning mountain views. Clearbrook's spacious accommodation is ideal for corporate and wedding groups, families on ski and summer holidays and visitors on hunting and fishing trips. ... more   less 
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