It is hard to explain just how hot it gets on the Otago Rail Trail, and a figure of maybe 33 degrees might not sound high. But a ride on the Otago Rail Trail from Clyde to Amakau certainly is a challenge in the middle of the day. Imagine the pleasure, then of Suzanne waiting for you at the station to take care of you and spirit you away to the luxury of a purpose built lodge with private guest facilities including outside covered courtyardw ith a hot tub! The hosts, John and Suzanne are genial and easygoing. Dinner was the best steak with local foods to accompany. Dessert was a marvellous fruit crumble served in individual large procelain cups--delightful. I had neglected to let the travel people know that I have a preference for gluten free--no trouble to Suzanne, who came up with excellent substitutes at very short notice. The suite was top quality with a fantastically comfortable bed andlovely views out through the vineyard. We tried their Givertz and opted for a bottle of their 08 Pinot Noir, grown right there on there own vineyard. Very drinkable, and fortunately now available at our local food market here on the Kapiti Coast. Highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- HAWKDUN RISE is a small vineyard in the heart of the Central Otago wine growing region.A tranquil and scenic setting only 5 minutes from the township of Alexandra.The Homestead contains a private guest wing, offering rooms with great views over the vineyard. Tariff includes glass of our wine on arrival, and a delicious breakfast.It is recommended that a minimum of a 2 night stay to enjoy what Central Otago has to offer. ... more less