We spent 2 nights at Brinkley resort after a friend suggest we get a day of skiing in at Mt. Hutt before we travelled to Queenstown by Car - and we are glad we did.
We arrived late on the first night (drove from Christchurch) greeted by friendly reception staff who checked us in and gave us our keys within about 3 minutes (always good after a long flight and drive). The restaurant was at full capacity when we arrived (always a good sign) but we were advised that we could get something to eat in 20 minutes after the function concluded. That night we had a few drinks in our room then moved onto the Restaurant and Bar inside. The night ended up being awesome ending up having a chat and a drink with the Manager after the restaurant closed and a drink in the hot-tub in the early hours! (a must do).
After a great first night we woke up to a warm spacious room (2 Bedroom) with an INCREDIBLE view of snow-capped Mt. Hutt - from our living room! To our disappointment Mt. Hutt was closed!! But the manager of the property was very helpfuld in suggesting other activities to do in the area - he even offered to take us around! Upon his suggestion - we ended up spending a day at Rakaia Gorge - where we picniced and adventured, being able to turn a bit of a "nothing" day into another incredible one - if it wasn't for the manager we would've had no idea the place existed! That night afternoon and night was awesome as well - we cruised around the little town of Methven and had a great lunch - as well as a beer at both (that's right both) pubs - the Brown and the Blue - can I recommend the Blue. We were lucky enough to get a table at Shackleton's Grill (The Brinkley Restaurant) that night - where I had one of the best Eye Fillets I have had in a long time...
needless to say, we couldn't have asked for more and will most definitely be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Brinkley Resort Mt Hutt is a 4 star Qualmark rated High Country self-contained accommodation resort and conference centre situated in the Alpine heartland village of Methven at the foothills of majestic Mt Hutt. Just a short two minute walk to the centre of town and conveniently positioned for transport to Mt Hutt. Brinkley features a total of 80 self contained apartments comprised of 40 studios and 40 self contained two bedroom apartments. Laundry facilities are complimentary and shared between each apartment and studio room and the two bedroom apartments all contain spa baths, ideal for relaxing after a day on the mountain. Enjoy a relaxing evenings dining in Shackelton's Restaurant, award winning NZ Beef & Lamb recipient, open during the winter ski season ( please note our restaurant is open during ski season but closed for the summer with the exception of conferences, groups & weddings). Free 300mb high speed wifi provided during your stay - additional internet small charges apply. ... more less
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