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“Good country stay ”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Omahau Downs

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Omahau Downs
Ranked #3 of 6 Twizel B&B and Inns
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Singapore, Singapore
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80 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Good country stay ”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2014 via mobile

We chose to stay here because of its location near to twizel. We stayed for one night in the self contained house. The house is clean and very big for two of us. The surrounding give us a very rustic feel. It's like an escape from the city we come from. The host is very helpful and recommended us to drive to mount cook for a day tour and it turned out to be great trip we would otherwise have not include in our plan. Twizel is minutes away where we visit for breakfast and petrol refill. The house has a greenhouse for you to enjoy too.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014

We recently stayed here for three nights on an 18 day driving trip around the South Island. Of all our accommodation this is the one that stood out and we wished we had stayed even longer. The hosts were helpful but in no way intrusive. The room was glorious with the most amazing views both day and night. Easy drive to Mt Cook and to the lakes nearby which were perfect for swimming, albeit a little on the freezing cold side! A well equipped communal kitchen and dining meant it was great for preparing your own food and lovely to meet the other people staying. There was even a washing machine available. We just loved it!

Room Tip: All rooms were wonderful
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Frankfurt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2014 via mobile

B&Bs are an integral part of Kiwi culture - among these, Omahau Downs stands out. The hosts extended a very personal and warm welcome, provided tips and helped arrange for lost luggage to be returned from the airline. The view is fantastic, and up until Feb you can have breakfast on the porch. An outdoor bbq set is available, but be mindful of the temperatures - prob, usable until late Jan only.
The calm and peaceful environment is very soothing. Our favourite feature was the chimney fire, which added a great warm and homely touch. Guests reside not in rooms of one main buildings but independent cottages of their own - we had 3 double beds to choose from!
Do not miss out on the local salmon farm just South of the township beyond the bridge - excellent salmon esp. the cold smoked one.
One recommendation to the hosts: most first arrivers mistake the host's home for the office, I would recommend a more prominent sign be posted.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Walton on the Hill, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2014

We stayed in a king room in the lodge, it was very well appointed with the most amazing views of Mt Cook and the stars at night. We had a table and chairs on the decking at the back and use of the communal kitchen and lounge. It was extremely well equipped with absolutely everything you could possibly need. Owners were particularly helpful and knowledgeable about local amenities and those further afield. Nothing was too much trouble, they even rang the local doctor to get me an emergency appointment when I broke my toe. We would definitely recommend Omahau Downs to anyone looking to stay in the Twizel area.

Room Tip: staying in the lodge was great with uninterupted views of Mt Cook (provided the clouds stay away)
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Beverley, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2014

We stayed in the old farmhouse (built 1923) and had acres of space. Our hosts were very welcoming and helpful. The kitchen had everything needed, the bedroom had great view out to "Gondor". Strongly recommended.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Stourbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2014 via mobile

If you are off to Mount Cook or travelling through the southern alps this is the perfect stay for a few days.

Beautiful setting with magical views of mount cook on a clear day.

This is our second visit in 3 years and both times have stayed in the cabin.

Great place and hope to return

Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Sulzbach (Taunus), Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Omahau Downs for two nights. We had one of the King rooms. The room is spacious with a small ensuite. They offer additionally a
common living room with a fully equipped kitchen and laundry.
From our porch we had amazing views of the mountains, especially of Mount Cook. Omahau Downs is a very good location to drive to Aoraki Moint Cook Village and explore that area.
We enjoyed our stay at Omahau Downs very much and will definitely return for our next stay in Twizel.

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Omahau Downs
Address: Twizel SH8 , New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Mackenzie District > Twizel
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Ranked #3 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Twizel
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Hotel Class:3 star — Omahau Downs 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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