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The Turret
Ranked #2 of 2 Lake Hayes B&B and Inns
San Francisco Bay Area
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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“Wow!”
Reviewed 3 December 2012

Words aren't adequate to describe the Turret. It's basically an elegant English Country Manor overlooking Lake Hayne. We stayed in the Turret Room. You MUST stay at this inn. This is the first place in NZ where we actually bought a bottle of wine (from the winery down the street, Amisfield) and simply watched the view of Lake Hayne and bunnies (3 adults and 1 baby) scampering across the expanse of lush green lawn. The entire Inn is clean beyond belief. The location is just a few miles from Arrowtown (an old mining town "not to be missed). Though the Inn is off the road, you can hear the road, so bring earplugs but don't let this detour you as this Inn is really amazing. We ate dinner at the Postmasters House in Arrowtown and the food was terrific.

Room Tip: I highly recommend the upper floor turret room as it has an adjacent living room with amazing views...
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Millicent, Australia
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Reviewed 27 October 2012

We stayed here late september. The only thing to say about this place was that it was just lovely. The turret room was beautiful and the views were were just stuning and we had a beautiful bath. Breakfast was standard fare with possibly one of the most beautifull veiws from the table for 2 next to the window, the bed was comfortable (we dont like really hard beds or really soft beds). There was a guest lounge room with an open fire where we met some lovely guests.

When we stayed in queenstown proper where we had to catch a taxi if going out for a drink and you will have to do the same here unless you have a car, so stay here.

Things to do in this area, your are sort of halfway between queenstown and Arrowtown. First off if its a beautifull day a walk around th front of the lake is lovely, if keen can walk the whole lake. The lake itself is stunning. For lunch walk upto the Amisfield Winery for a lovely lunch and a wine chosen for each meal via the menu if you wish. Service, food and wine are all lovely and its a beautiful place. Bit more expensive but you are on holiday.

If just wanting a cup of tea or coffee try the Walnut Cottage Cafe (driving distance) on the way to Arrowtown on your left, again a lovely place. They also serve meals. They also have a lovely place just to sit in the garden.

Arrowtown has plenty of places to eat and drink and explore, we went and had a look at the graveyard which was interesting, also at the same spot is the towns war memorial to the fallen, its in a beautiful spot.

On the way back from Queenstown try the road from Queenstown to Arrowtown and pop up to the ski field just out of town on your left, the view was lovely. The day we did was the end of the ski season and there was not a tourist around, apart from some staff leaving we were by ourselves.

Do yourself a favour and stay here.

Room Tip: The Turret room is the place for me, but othe guest liked their rooms as well
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Paekakariki, New Zealand
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Reviewed 24 March 2012

The Turret offers the perfect combination of great people and comfortable rooms, all in an unforgettable setting. I felt the stress melt away as I sat on the patio and took in the tremendous views of Lake Hayes and beautiful gardens. Kim (the owner) is one of the friendliest people I have met while traveling in New Zealand. She was very attentive and went out of her way to make me feel at home. The America's Cup room where I stayed was clean and spacious. It was hard for me to leave! I highly recommend the Turret to anyone traveling to the Queenstown area. I know that I am coming back!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed 11 February 2012

We arrived late and we called kim. She is such a kind person. She was waiting for us and also offered help with our two big luggages. Although we can handle them, but the offer is really warm. The upgraded room is so nice/comfortable and great view of the lake. You can feel the taste from the decoration, the furniture, and the music. Kim gave us many suggestions for activities we are interested. It is a great place to stay. I will definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Lincoln City, Oregon
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Reviewed 17 October 2011

We loved staying at The Turret. We were in the Turret room which has the most amazing view. We were there in September, so there was snow on all the mountains, yet the trees were in bloom on the property. Kim, was the perfect hostess and an amazing cook. We loved Arrowtown which was close and chose to have dinner there both nights. Our room was lovely, antiques and a huge bathroom with tub and shower. We will go back there everytime we are in NZ.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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NY
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Reviewed 26 March 2011

What an amazing host Kim was. (Her husband and two lovely girls equally warm and welcoming). We had the blessing of staying at The Turret for 3 nights. Our room (we highly recommend "The Turret" which is the top floor) was huge with a sitting room looking out at the hills and her beautifully landscaped yard complete with roses and beebalm.

The breakfast was delicious and ready when we were. We awoke to lovely music and our tea and a host who made us feel we were staying with family. Kim went out of her way to make reservations for us (she is well connected in her community as well as with companies in surrounding areas for day trips) and made brilliant recommendations.

The location was perfect. Close to Arrowtown, where we took a stunning hike, as well as central Queenstown where we departed from for our jet boat tour up the Dart River.

We'll stay there again anytime we're in the area.
Another recommendation is dinner at Amisfeld which is just down the road from The Turret.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled on business
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Saratoga Springs, New York
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Reviewed 29 January 2011

We came to NZ for a 3 week honeymoon and spent four of those days at the Turret. We wish we would have stayed longer. It was very good value for money especially compared to some of the other spots we stayed. We stayed in their mid-priced room. It was very clean and comfortable. The Turret has amazing views and the seems to stay there forever. Kim offerred to make us pretty much anything we wanted for breakfast. My favorite was the day we had Bluberry Pancakes and my husbands was the day we had Eggs Benedict. Kim and James recommendations for restaurants, hikes and wineries wer spot on. We did a few touristy things that we really enjoyed but also really liked just spending time hiking, eating and exploring the area.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Turret
Address: 712 Lake Hayes Arrow Junction Highway (SH6), Lake Hayes, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Lake Hayes
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Lake Hayes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Turret 4*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Turret, featured in NZ House and Garden Magazine, is set in an award-winning landscaped garden at Lake Hayes, situated between Arrowtown and Queenstown with panoramic views across the lake to Coronet Peak. Accommodation is comprised of three guestrooms all with their own private bathroom and fabulous views. An open wood burning fire warms the guest lounge and breakfast is served in the guest dining room, which features stunning garden, lake and mountain views. ... more   less 
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