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“Impressive, very comfortable and well appointed, best location if driving to snow fields.”

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Benbrae - Cardrona Valley Resort
Ranked #21 of 46 Specialty Lodging in Wanaka
Reviewed October 25, 2010

We stayed in a 3 bedroom apartment on our ski trip which was warm, comfortable, spacious and clean with everything you could need available. The drying room was very handy to put all our snow gear out of the way. It was ideally located just down the road from the entrance to Cardrona ski fields as well as the Ski Park/Farm on the road to Queenstown. Meant you could beat the rush up the mountain. Was a 10-15min drive into Wanaka but found we didn't really mind this. Would be difficult if you didn't have your own car though. Had a luxury feel to it and we were very impressed. I chose it because it was the best value in the area for 4 ppl to stay comfortably. There is an old pub next door which is an absolute must for a visit. It's one of the oldest in NZ and has so much history to it. Very cosy with lounges in front of the fire and memorabilia all around. I recommend checking out the photo albums near the piano for a step back into the history of the area. We were going to visit the heated pool/spa area one night and cook a BBQ but found that the heating had broken down and it was far too cold to hop in which was a bit disappointing but not a big deal. Overall were very impressed with the place and would come back again.

  • Stayed: August 2010
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Reviewed September 20, 2010

We stopped in at benbrae for a relaxing night away from Queestown. Upon arrival we were greeted by a nosy, distrustful and rude host... pity because our room was great - the picures don't lie. Our one bedroom unit was great for the night, probably a little small for any longer. The location is great if you want to ride Cardrona, and only a short drive to Wanaka.
Beware there is no restaurant on site/or in the area, the only one close by is the Cardrona Valley Hotel - or drive into Wanaka.
Unfortunately, we were so offended by the host we will never go back nor will we recommend this hotel to anyone we know. Just because we are a young couple, does not mean we have no money, will trash your unit, bring over our friends, be noisy or break the rules. The experience ruined one night in a fantastic holiday.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank snowboarder07
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Reviewed August 30, 2010

My partner and I stayed here for seven nights while skiing Cardrona. Even though there were just the two of us, we opted for the two bedroom apartment because we wanted a fireplace. Looking at the studios, they looked a little small for a seven night stay, so we paid extra and it was so worth every dollar! The apartment had everything we needed, including equipment for cooking in every night to save cash. The outdoor spa is lovely, there's a neat little bbq area and it's just the shortest walk to the famous pub. If you've done Queenstown before, try Cardrona and Benbrae next time. You won't be disappointed!

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank Plod82
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Reviewed August 11, 2010

I stayed in a studio apartment there - quite spacious, and clearly recently built. Close to ski fields & Wanaka isn't far away so location is perfect.
Great stuff: full laundry, basic kitchen (no oven, limited freezer space), rooms are large, external locked cupboard for putting snowboard overnight, quiet from both road noise and from others in the same building (dependant of course on who's there!)
Stuff that could be improved:
- I discovered on day 2 that everything I'd stuck in the fridge was warm. This was because someone had set the thermostat so the fridge never actually cooled. Unfortunately I found out why someone had done this - it made it extremely difficult to sleep when the fridge compressor was running. Fridge made all sorts of weird noises.
- Heating just didn't cut it. I was there for some of the coldest days of the year (got snow on car even) - a single heater just isn't enough to heat 25+square meters. I went to the Wanaka Mitre 10 and got a $25 fan heater to sort this out.
- Parking - you kind of get the feeling they forgot about parking cars - they get you to stick your car basically on the front porch. Works fine, but kind of weird.
- Privacy - someone else pointed this out as well - there are 2 windows/doos in the studios - one looks straight onto your neighbour's bed, the other opens onto the roadway, and again, it's your bed on display.

Despite these issues, I'd definitely stay again - but would bring my own heater!

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled solo
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3  Thank NickLanigan
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Reviewed July 15, 2010

My family and I stayed 2 days at Benbrae in July, as a base for skiing and exploring the Southern Lakes District. We were so pleased we made this choice. From the welcome at reception, to the very well appointed spacious 2 bedroom apartment, everything about this place was excellent. Benbrae was very luxurious for the price we paid and was everyones favourite choice out of the 4 hotels we stayed at on our holiday. The ambience of the gas- fired flame heater and the jacuzzi, were highlights. In fact, I can't belive that Benbrae is not in the top 5 hotels. The only aspect we can comment on is that the outdoor pool was not heated. Don't miss out on having a meal at the historic Cadrona Hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Thank anahera
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Reviewed May 23, 2010

Thanks you for our stay
We won the stay on Sella. The place was like new with everything you could need
Weloved being able to purchase our wine and food on site and relaxing the hot pool was right there.
We can't wait to come back
Special thanks to our hosts Lee anne and Jamie

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 24, 2009

We stayed at Benbrae in Aug 09 - family of 2 adults & 2 children (ages 9 & 13).
We had booked online through the website & weren't too sure what to expect. When we arrived we were so impressed with the quality of the accomodation & the friendly/welcoming service knew we had made the right choice.
Our accomodation consisted of 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large laundry & drying room, well equipped kitchen & a beautiful gas fire place in the lounge area. Outside, just off the varendah was an awesome outdoor heated jazucci - which was such a perfect way to end the day after skiing!! There is also a bar area with the huge fire going which too was a great way to relax!!
The Cardrona Hotel is next door & the food was fantastic, so you have the choice whether to cook or eat out - perfect.
We skied Cardrona & the location of the resort made it really easy to get up the mountain, and we found Cardrona perfect for the kids & the adults.
We will be back next winter - the only thing we will change is to stay longer this time!!

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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Thank the_perfect_h0liday
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Additional Information about 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 #21 of 46 Specialty Lodging in Wanaka
Price Range: $90 - $308 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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