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“What a great night”
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Tussock Lodge
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17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“What a great night”
Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

My family were doing the Otago rail trail and booked the lodge for the night. We ended up being hosted by the owners in their own home .
We had a lovely roast dinner and quiet red. Mark and Nikky are lovely hosts and Mark knows the area very well. Ty.

Stayed July 2014
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Tussock Lodge W, Owner at Tussock Lodge, responded to this review, 20 January 2016
Hi Turt, Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your stay at Tussock Lodge Waipiata, its much appreciated, were glad that you enjoyed your stay with us, were certainly enjoyed having you.
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

Beautiful accommodation set right next to the Otago Rail Trail, making it the ideal place to stop while doing the cycle trip. We cycled by on our way to Hyde, but dropped off some supplies for dinner that we had picked up in Ranfurly. The scenic drive back from Hyde was really interesting, you got a different perspective seeing from the road some of the sections we had cycled. Tussock Lodge is well set up with everything that you would require, even an amazing coffee machine with coffee beans provided. Lovely & clean, with fantastically comfortable beds - a must after spending the day on a bike. Each room had its own on suite bathroom with a good massaging shower & great heating throughout. We stayed as a family of 4 taking 2 rooms so had 2 other couples sharing the lodge, which was fine apart from them leaving their breakfast dishes & mess around the sink expecting to be waited on by a secret elf (Obviously not everyone is use to the style of staying in a self catering lodge & sharing communal space with others) . Unfortunately under these circumstances you can not choose who else stays, so would be even better if you have a group booking out the whole lodge.
The surrounding views where lovely to look out onto from all sides & especially from the upper floor window & balcony. Had a huge timber slab table & benches out the front to relax at & enjoy the last of the days sun before it disappeared.
We can highly recommend a stay at Tussock Lodge, we would certainly stay there again if ever in the area.

Room Tip: We were allocated the rooms so did not get a choice. All are downstairs.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Tussock Lodge W, Owner at Tussock Lodge, responded to this review, 20 January 2016
Hi MeMeMe50, Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your stay at Tussock Lodge Waipiata, its much appreciated, were glad that you enjoyed your time with us, it was good to meet you, thank fully we don't have to many people that leave the dishes lying around for others to sort out (the dishwasher is a great place to Hide these) Tussock Lodge is a very good place for individuals or large groups, we look forward to having you to stay on your next trip down,
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Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

Central Otago's weather bared its teeth on day three on the rail trail, bitingly cold and wet with a big crosswind. We were tired as we reached Waipiata, very much in the middle of nowhere. Having been warned off an alternative venue, we were thrilled to arrive at Tussock Lodge.
We had the four room lodge to ourselves so cranked on the heating, showered and made the most of a wonderful space. The bedroom was the best we came across on the trail (against some solid competition) and Mark was a very affable host. He delivered our BBQ pack, brought a bottle of local Pinot Gris back from Ranfurly, baked bread to go with the steak and salads for dinner ... Nothing was a problem. When we saddled up the next morning in a decent frost, it was with heavy hearts we farewelled Tussock Lodge and that amazingly spongy bed!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Tussock Lodge W, Owner at Tussock Lodge, responded to this review, 20 January 2016
Hi PeteM289, Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your stay at Tussock Lodge Waipiata, its much appreciated, were happy that you enjoyed the beds, we are very proud of our claim that they are the best beds on the Otago Central Rail Trail.
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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

This was our last night on the trail, owner collected us from Hyde and dropped us back next morning. Excellent place to stay and one of our best memories of the trip. Fantastic location with some amazing views, we had the place to ourselves so cooked a BBQ, used the large table out front and watched the sky change. We were provided with some great food and well stocked with wine, beer and breakfast food. Rooms were very spacious and the beds allowed for a very deep sleep. Couldn't fault the value or the service provided by the owner, will definitely stay here again as soon as we come back to New Zealand.

Room Tip: All rooms are brilliant!
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Tussock Lodge W, Owner at Tussock Lodge, responded to this review, 20 January 2016
Hi Steve S, Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your stay at Tussock Lodge Waipiata, its much appreciated, were glad that you enjoyed your time with us, it was great to have you to stay, i hope that the rest of your ride went well.
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Wellington, New Zealand
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18 reviews
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

we stayed here for night 4 of the rail trail - the owner picked us up from Hyde about 20 minutes away which was greatly appreciated and took us back next morning . The rooms are very spacious, the breakfast was plentiful and self service.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Tussock Lodge W, Owner at Tussock Lodge, responded to this review, 20 January 2016
Hi BB5Girl, Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your stay at Tussock Lodge Waipiata, its much appreciated, thanks for staying with us, Tussock Lodge is certainly in a special part of the world
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Auckland, NZ
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Reviewed 22 April 2014 via mobile

We stayed here after our first day on the trail. It is located right on the cycle trail which meant you don't have to worry about transfers. The room was a good size and clean and tidy. The living was spacious and a good size kitchen. We arranged the bar b que pack for dinner which was excellent with plenty to eat. The waipiata pub is walking distance and we had an excellent lunch there.

Stayed April 2014
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Tussock Lodge W, Owner at Tussock Lodge, responded to this review, 20 January 2016
Hi CrusaderBex, Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your stay at Tussock Lodge Waipiata, its much appreciated, were glad that you enjoyed your stay with us, it was great to have you, the BBQ packs are a relaxing a healthy way to enjoy the evening away from the deep fried foods, and the Waipiata Country Hotel is a fantastic way to meet the locals and have a cold Speights or Emersons and an enjoyable galss of local Pinot Noir
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

It was wonderful arriving at Tussock Lodge to find a warm large room with every thing you could need, king beds, lots of space, generous breakfast, and very friendly welcome with a home made loaf of bread and some humus. Even sharing with others was not a problem, there are two lounge areas and a generous kitchen for cooking, the rooms are very comfortable and you could easily hide away in it if you didn't want to see others. I would recommended to anyone.
thank you Mark for a lovely stay. can I just say, you should put more on your web site, it doesn't do your place justice.

Room Tip: There seems no difference in any of the rooms
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Tussock Lodge W, Owner at Tussock Lodge, responded to this review, 21 April 2014
Hi Jan T, thank you for choosing to stay at Tussock Lodge in Waipiata and for taking the time to write a review, its greatly appreciated. We are glad that enjoyed our Super King beds, we believe that these are the most comfortable on the Otago Central Rail Trail. Thank you for your comments on our website, this is a Work In Progress for us and we hope that it will be finished in the not so distant future, and it will have lots of great images of the views from Tussock Lodge, including the sunset from the second storey deck.
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Additional Information about Tussock Lodge

Property: Tussock Lodge
Address: 18 Factory Road, Waipiata 9397, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Central Otago > Waipiata
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Waipiata
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tussock Lodge offers you the choice of various accommodation options and functionality. We utilise the latest in eco friendly appliances and fixtures to help reduce the impact on this remote environment. Secluded alongside the Otago Rail Trail, we are just a short walk to local amenities. Boasting 4 separate Super King Rooms (with quite possibly the most comfortable beds on the trail) capable of sleeping up to 8 people, a Gourmet Kitchen, and very comfortable lounge area, why wouldn't you stay at the amazing Tussock Lodge in Waipiata? We look forward to meeting you. ... more   less 

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