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Distinction Wanaka
Ranked #9 of 52 Wanaka B&B and Inns
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28 reviews
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“excellent stay”
Reviewed February 14, 2014 via mobile

I have just spent 2 nights here, the accommodation is superb, in a quiet location just 2 minutes drive from all the nightlife and shops.i. would highly recommend this place!!
I have preciously stayed in Wanaka but think it has developed into a very classy spot

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed February 1, 2014

We stayed in a 2 bedroom apartment for two nights. The apartment was clean and modern, and has everything you'd need for a family holiday, but there is some room for improvement in terms of its design (e.g. only one mirror in the bathroom in the entire apartment, no hooks behind the bathroom door for hanging clothes/bags, etc) however those were not major issues for us, just a bit of inconvenience.

We had our own garage and the washer/dryer was in the garage. Also had a "bbq area" at the back which was lovely. The staff were helpful.

It is out of the way from the centre of Wanaka but since we had a car, we didn't find it to be a problem. Probably not advisable to stay here without a car though.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed January 18, 2014

Our family group had two adjoining apartments. 3 generations and we all enjoyed staying there. The facilities (Tennis, games room, pool & spa) mean there is always something to do, especially for kids. Had all the Sky channels including movies and all the sports, which was also appreciated. Well fitted out light, sunny apartments. The only downside is the distance from town, (3 minute drive) but the facilities more than make up for that. Recommend it.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

Very clean, modern apartments but too far from the action in Wanaka. The two bedroom apartment was large and comfortable for a family of 5 and well fitted out for long stays. We were desperately in need of the washing machine after a week on the road, however the combined washer/dryer was virtually impossible to use, and failed to dry clothes. We mentioned this to staff and they said the machines were "rubbish" and needed replacing. The view from the pool area was awesome, however only the apartments facing the lake have an uninterrupted view. Great for families but too far from town.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

We stayed a week at the Alpine Resort. We had a three-bedroom apartment. The apartment was very clean and fully equipped with modern, quality fittings. We had our own garage. There is Sky tv with the Sports And Movies channels. There is a gas fire in the lounge and heating for the rest of the apartment. The resort has a tennis court, two swimming pools, two spas, two games rooms, a sauna and a gym. The apartments are also serviced daily, which is more like staying in a hotel. The location is good, but you need a car. It's about 3 minutes drive from Mount Iron and Puzzling World in one direction and the village centre and lake in another. It takes about half an hour to walk into the village. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here, would definitely come again and would absolutely recommend this resort if you are looking to relax and have fun.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 31, 2013 via mobile

Terrific place to stay, sadly we were there only one night. Great well-equipped apartment, very clean, with washer in the garage. Used the pool and spa, there was a gym next to it. Very helpful staff. It would be good for families, although some way from the town centre.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed December 25, 2013

After a long drive from Te Anau (via Queenstown), we were pleasantly surprised to arrive as our first impressions exceeded our expectations.

The establishment appears newish, in the style of units sold off the plan to investors and then leased back to a central company, or overseen by a central manager.

The units are configured into 2 bedrooms (downstairs) and 3 bedrooms (upstairs). We stayed downstairs (apartment 28A from memory). It was a lovely experience, with the interior modern: two separate bedrooms, kitchen, family room, bathroom and private courtyard. Guests will be happy to know the apartment had its own washing machine and dryer.

There were two swimming pools on site, two spas and a sauna. There were also two multi-purpose / gym rooms. While the kids jumped in the pool, I sat in the sauna - perfect after the long drive.

If I had to find fault, it was that the establishment was a little out of town, which meant a car trip was needed to get food, groceries, etc. On the plus side though, it was quiet. The views from the room over the mountains were majestic. Perhaps there could be potential overcrowding during the busy period, but this was not our experience.

All in all, two thumbs up. We would stay here again, and are even dreaming about a return visit.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Distinction Wanaka

Property: Distinction Wanaka
Address: 144 - 154 Anderson Road, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand (Formerly Alpine Resort Wanaka)
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in Wanaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Distinction Wanaka 4*
Number of rooms: 58
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The resort offers a choice of 58 large, stylish, self-contained, serviced apartments, each providing you with a high level of personal comfort and convenience, perfect for all seasons. Superior facilities include a gourmet kitchen, 50 channels of Sky TV (43" screens in 3brm apartments), under-floor heating in the bathrooms and so much more. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Alpine Resort Wanaka Hotel Wanaka
Clarion Wanaka
Wanaka Clarion

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