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Aoraki Lodge
Ranked #4 of 6 Twizel B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 31 March 2011

Sandy & Ian are very friendly and made us feel really at home. Tea & cake on arrival. Glass of wine later. Lovely breakfast. Nice place to stay after visiting Mt Cook

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  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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iansandy, Owner at Aoraki Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2011

Thank you for your review. It is good to know that you felt as comfortable in our home as you do in your own. We always enjoy the enthusiastic reactions from our guests when they return from a perfect visit to Mt Cook. It is a very special place. Regards Ian and Sandy

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Reviewed 25 March 2011

A gem of a place with very clean and spacious rooms. Great breakfast with all the guests around the one table.Drinks every evening with the hosts. Very friendly. A great base for trips to Mount Cook.

  • Stayed: March 2011
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iansandy, Owner at Aoraki Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2011

Thank you for your review and your comments which are very much appreciated. We love this country and enjoy having guests stay with us from all around the world. Breakfast around the large table is a little bit like the United Nations at times and a lot of fun. Regards - Sandy and Ian

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Reviewed 10 March 2011

Sandy and Ian made us most welcome. They shared their passion for Twizel and the Mount Cook area with us - which was infectious! We had a great stay with good accomodation and hospitality. Carol and Peter Griffiths

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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iansandy, Owner at Aoraki Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2011

It is very easy for us to share our passion for the area Twizel - Gateway to Mt Cook. The drive to Mt Cook is as though you have opened the gate and on your way to a great adventure. There is a special magic to this area that has an affect on everyone. So pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. Kind regards. Sandy and Ian

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Reviewed 26 February 2011

We stayed here in 2008 and it was the obvious choice for 3 night stay this time around.

Ian and Sandy are superb hosts, imparting their extensive local knowledge and passion for the surrounding area. It's the little touches that made the diiference, the fresh flowers in the room, use of their laptop to email home, sharing a glass of wine in the evening.They genuinely welcome you into their home.Sandy even did some washing for us.

Breakfast was a relaxed affair and they were always keen to know what our plans were for the day. The friendly atmosphere encouraged conversation amongst all the guests. Something that doesn't really happpen in UK B & Bs!!

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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iansandy, Owner at Aoraki Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2011

It was wonderful to have you stay a second time - that is the best compliment! Our home and garden make it a joy for entertaining guests as yourselves and we also like to have fresh flowers in your room on arrival. Thank you for the lovely review. Regards Sandy & Ian

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Reviewed 30 January 2011

Our hosts were wonderful. The room was fantastic and comfortable, and the breakfast was terrific!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED if you are staying in or passing through Twizel!

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with friends
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iansandy, Owner at Aoraki Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2011

Thank you for such a wonderful review and recommendation in such a short space! We appreciate you taking the time to comment. Regards Sandy and Ian

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Reviewed 7 August 2010

The Aoraki Lodge in Twizel was recommended to us by the I-Site folks in Dunedin, and it was an excellent recommendation. Our room just had a new bathroom installed, and my companion and I were the first ones to take advantage of it. The key to this lodging (it's actually a B & B) was the helpfulness and graciousness of the proprietors, Sandy and Ian. They served us tea and cake in lodge's central common room, and were very helpful in trying to arrange for a ski plane flight over Mt. Cook. Unfortunately, the weather didn't behave quite as nicely. They also helped point out a couple of restaurants to try in Twizel, and the breakfast the following morning was excellent.

Would definitely recommend the Aoraki Lodge to anyone stopping in the Mt. Cook area.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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iansandy, Owner at Aoraki Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2011

We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and we are still receiving great comments about the bathroom! Thank you for taking the time to send your review. We are only sorry you were not able to take the flight in the ski plane - maybe next time? Regards Sandy and Ian

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Reviewed 2 March 2010

We arrived mid afternoon and were immrdiately offered refreshments. Every evening the guests are invited for an early evening glass of wine which was very enjoyable and offered a good choice for discussion. Sandy recommended 2 restaurants for our stay and even provided a discount voucher one evening. The breakfast was both extensive and very good. The room was a good size but a little dark.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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iansandy, Owner at Aoraki Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2011

Thank you for your kind review on your stay with us. We especially appreciated your comment on the room being a little dark. We still have the heavy curtains for privacy at night but have now also added fine light curtains on a track against the glass window and door. This allows guests to enjoy being able to look out onto the garden without being visible (even with the door open) - more privacy and the room much much lighter. Regards Sandy and Ian

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Additional Information about Aoraki Lodge

Address: 32 Mackenzie Drive, Twizel 7901, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Mackenzie District > Twizel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Twizel
Price Range: £79 - £120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Aoraki Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aoraki Lodge Bed and Breakfast is in the heart of the Twizel township. Just a few minutes stroll to the marketplace - town centre where you can find some outstanding restaurants. Our Lodge is set in a beautiful country style garden and although central, it is quiet and peaceful. Come on in and be a part of our family for a night or two. We are delighted to help you with dinner reservations, activity booking and advice about how you can spend your time in the amazing Mackenzie basin area. ... more   less 
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