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Review of Benbrae - Cardrona Valley Resort

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Benbrae - Cardrona Valley Resort
Ranked #20 of 47 Specialty Lodging in Wanaka
NJ
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10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great Property - Best in area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2008

I was in the area for an event up the hill at Snowpark NZ. My company put me here. Great property! Our condo was 3 BR with a kitchen, living room and 2 baths. I wouldnt hesitate to stay again. Fireplace, TV with DVD, and the hot tub around the corner was superb!

  • Stayed August 2008
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank pjczech
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney
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25 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2008

Stayed at Benbrae in the peak of the school holiday skiing season.

The location is very convenient to the Cardrona ski field, about 15 minutes drive up the hill enabled us to beat the crowds on to the slopes. The drive to Wanaka takes about 20 minutes and is easy, but a bit further and more difficult driving over the Crown Range to Queenstown.

We stayed in a 3 bedroom apartment, which was very nice. Lots of space in the living area, gas "open" fire, and well equipped kitchen. Two bathrooms. All looked very new, and clean.

There is no restaurant, but the neighboring Cardrona hotel does have a restaurant. Be careful walking there with kids after dark, as you have to walk on the main road, and make sure you book ahead in peak times.

The jacuzzi is a bit of a focus of the resort, it is large and heated. There is a narrowl, unheated swimming pool, and a pool bar open in the evenings. There are no other resort facilities.

There is reasonably priced WiFi available in the rooms.

The setting of Cardrona village with the surrounding mountains is very pretty - but not as good as the view from the top!

A great place to stay with kids to access to Cardrona, but I found not much else to do there without a drive to Wanaka or Queenstown.

  • Liked — Quick drive to the skifields..
  • Disliked — Lack of local facilities and activities (except skiiing).
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank inas66
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Christchurch
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2008

My family and I stayed at this wonderful resort during December and January. We had a most memorable and amazing time. The children spent hours in the pool and really enjoyed toasting mashmellows in the evening. The accommodation was beautiful and would have to be one of the best 3 bedroomed apartments we have stayed in. The locality was excellent and allowed us to explore Queenstown and Wanaka without spending hours travelling. Also other areas like Cromwall and Alexandra are within easy reach. The hosts Julia and Tristan became like part of the family and our children absolutely adored them both and were keen for us to take them back home with us. Tristan and Julia were so welcoming and helpful, that it would be hard in the world to find better hosts. We would throughly recommend Benbrae, as it truly is a unique and remarkable place to stay, and we thank the hosts for creating so many special memories for our family, and we hope to return soon. Thanks Allan & Libby Hickford

  • Liked — Villas and pool area
  • Disliked — Still being completed
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank ABCDChristchurch
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Auckland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2008

My partner and i stayed at benbrae over the New Years period and we loved it! Lovely pool and jacuzzi area set amongst two mountain ranges. The villa we stayed in was right next to the pool and had a freshly mowed front lawn. The beds are fantastic and the villa had everything we wanted for entertaining right down to a big platter for cheese and crackers. Tristan and Julia (the Management Team) were wonderful and nothing was too much trouble for them. We will definately be back.

  • Liked — Quality of the accommodation at a great price
  • Disliked — Sharing it with other guests - they were very busy when we were there.
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank wedgiequeen
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Wellington
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2008

Excellent relaxed atmosphere, fantastic scenery and a friendly management team.

  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank billytait
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Auckland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2008

We had a fantastic time staying at Benbrae over the Xmas and New Year 07/08. Staying in the Villas exceeded our expectations with the accommodation well appointed and stylish. The guest facilities were fantastic with a stunning pool/spa and BBQ area. The hosts, Julia and Tristan, were always attentive and in fine spirits with no0thing too much trouble for them. We would rate rate our experience 10/10! Without doubt we will be back and can highly recommend this stopover in paradise - it is just far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Queenstown and Wanaka but close enough to tap into when needed.

  • Liked — Quality of service and accommodation
  • Disliked — Nothing to dislike other than leaving!
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank Graysland
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Christchurch
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2007

After a busy period at work my husband and I were looking forward to a nice relaxing break.
We heard about Benbrae through friends. Only 15mins drive from Wanaka and 40mins from Queenstown Cardrona is a great place to get away from it all and still be close enough to the activities Wanaka and Queentown have to offer.
Beautiful modern villas, well suited to our family. Our 14 year old nephew and our 13 months baby both enjoyed the hot pool with views to the mountain. In the evening after a day enjoying the last snow and a speedboat ride on Lake Wanaka the fireplace gave the villa the real mountain chalet feel.
The views from the living areas were fantastic and nothing was too much trouble for the management team.
A great place to visit in any season. The historic local Wanaka pub next door is a great place for lunch or dinner. Well worth the trip!

  • Liked — The hot pool and fire pit
  • Disliked — Nothing in particular.
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank MartyChristchurch
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Additional Information about Benbrae - Cardrona Valley Resort

Property: Benbrae - Cardrona Valley Resort
Address: 2326 Cardrona Valley Road | Cardrona, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 47 Specialty Lodging in Wanaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Benbrae - Cardrona Valley Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Benbrae Resort is centrally located between Wanaka and Queenstown. Benbrae is the ideal location to experience the many outdoor adventures with tramping, fishing, wineries, international ski fields, mountain bike trails, with a great choice of international golf courses in the region and so much more. As a high-quality regional themed resort, Benbrae will attract guests based on outstanding service, a sense of fun and adventure complemented by stylish and contemporary accommodation. ... more   less 
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