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Aoraki Lodge
Ranked #4 of 6 Twizel B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane, Australia
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2012

We are fortunate to have travelled quite a lot and must comment that the hospitality and excellence experienced at Aoraki Lodge in Twizel was world class. Sandy and Ian were gracious hosts who thought of every detail to ensure our stay was perfect. The room was spacious, immaculately clean, quiet and very comfortable with many extra touches such as meet and greet, flowers, torch and others. We highly recommend this lodge, so much so that this is our first ever review and very deserving.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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flyfis1, Owner at Aoraki Lodge, responded to this review, 20 November 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write a lovely detailed review which is very much appreciated. We did enjoy your visit with us. Ian and Sandy Darwin.
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Leek
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2012

I booked Aoraki Lodge in Twizel on the internet after reading some of the Trip Advisor reviews. It not only lived up to my expectations but exceeded them. Sandy and Ian are delightful hosts, they made us feel very welcome and they run a first class lodge. The accommodation is excellent, lovely comfortable beds, really spacious and modern bathroom and a fabulous garden to sit out in and watch the night sky. Sandy made a reservation for dinner for us at The Poppy restaurant and then we joined other guests for a glass of excellent New Zealand wine and a bit of pre dinner conversation. (I wish more establishments did this). Breakfast was excellent and then on Ian's advice took the road up the side of lake Pukaki to view Mount Cook. Awesome! We will be going back to New Zealand and fully intend to spend a bit more time in Twizel and of course stay in Aoraki Lodge.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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flyfis1, Owner at Aoraki Lodge, responded to this review, 7 August 2012
We thoroughly enjoy running our B&B and the interesting cross section of guests we are privileged to host. Your review and photos made us feel very positive about what we are doing – we want our guests to take home wonderful memories of New Zealand and especially Twizel and the Mackenzie Country.
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Middlesex, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2012

We stayed at Aoraki Lodge in Twizel for 3-nights at the end of March during a tour of New Zealand. We had booked and paid for a room with breakfast on the internet a number of months in advance of our visit. Sandy greeted us on our arrival and showed us to room 3 which overlooks the pretty garden with decking to sit on outside. (It was just as well we had booked early as Twizel was hosting the annual school rowing championships during the last weekend of March and all accommodation and restaurants were full during our visit (tip - check if there are any events occurring in Twizel during planned visit dates).

Our room was a really good size and had two chairs, tea and coffee making facilities and an extremely comfortable and big bed. Although the B&B is situated on the main road around the town of Twizel it is very peaceful at night, ensuring a good nights sleep (nice and dark as well). The bathroom, like the room is well equipped with good size towels and a wet room style shower and lovely toiletries. There is WiFi as well if required which is very fast with consistent signal.

The real asset to Aoraki Lodge however is Sandy and Ian. They work tirelessly to ensure that all guests have everything they require and go that extra distance in advising and helping to book trips and restaurants in Twizel and the Mount Cook National Park. Following their advice we asked them to book us a ski-plane trip with a landing with the ‘Mount Cook Ski-plane’ company. This was a fantastic trip of a lifetime which involved a landing on the Franz Josef glacier and our trip was definitely longer than the advertised length of time. Sandy and Ian also helped us to choose which walks (‘tramps’) to take in the National Park based on our interests and time available.

We had been self catering for much of our trip to this point and it was very nice to have breakfast prepared for us. Sandy and Ian work well as a team, rustling up a tasty and healthy (and big) cooked breakfast if requested (all guests did!) following a selection of fruit and cereals. It was fascinating to sit around the dining table and chat with guests from across the world. In the early evening Sandy and Ian invite guests to pop in for a drink if they fancy and it is a great chance to discuss what has happened in the day. Twizel is not a big town and because of the rowing championships booking with restaurants was essential. In the end we ate at Hunters Cafe and Bar for 2-nights running - an excellent choice with good New Zealand food in hearty quantities.

To summarise, this is a very good bed and breakfast that is made extra special by having Sandy and Ian as hosts.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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flyfis1, Owner at Aoraki Lodge, responded to this review, 7 August 2012
Thank you for your wonderful review and for reinstating how much we enjoy our hosting. We will never forget the looks on both your faces as you came through the gate from your trip to Mt Cook. It was a joy to behold and we are so pleased to have been a part of your adventure in the ski plane. Sandy and Ian
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Victoria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2012

This is our second stay with Ian and Sandy and as before everything was perfect. The rooms are spacious with wonderful bedding and towels. We looked forward to a hearty breakfast that was prepared with the utmost care and attention. A lovely chat and glass of wine at the end of the day just added to our experience. We wouldn't miss a chance to stay here when we are in New Zealand the next time.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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flyfis1, Manager at Aoraki Lodge, responded to this review, 7 August 2012
Your lovely review is very much appreciated and we look forward to your next visit! Sandy & Ian
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2012

The Darwins are indeed excellent hosts and are happy to do whatever they can to ensure you have a good stay in Twizel. My daughter Kate and I felt very comfortable and thoroughly enjoyed both the glass of wine and the delicious breakfast in the morning - especially those poached eggs, Ian! Hoping to make it out to stay again and would recommend this lovely Bed and Breakfast for anyone heading towards Mt. Cook and surroundings.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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flyfis1, Owner at Aoraki Lodge, responded to this review, 7 August 2012
Thank you for your comments and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. We feel very confident that our breakfast is a great way to start the day and the poached eggs go down a treat with our guests. Look forward to having you stay again? Sandy & Ian
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Ghent, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2012

We liked the hosts very much. Breakfast was very well prepared.
The only thing we could remark was the decoration of the room. Very basic and nineties looking. Could be renovated a bit from our perspective.
We appreciated the free internet very much.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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flyfis1, Owner at Aoraki Lodge, responded to this review, 7 August 2012
Your comments are very welcome and your room is in the stages of renovation now during our closed period. Sandy & Ian
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2012

Ian & Sandy were great hosts when we visited. They know the area very well and had great insights on which roads to take and what sights cannot be missed. Mt. Cook is a short 45 min drive from the city and is a must-see place to visit. They make an effort to get to know their guests while they host cocktail hour in their magnificent bar & family room and in the mornings during breakfast. They'll go out of their way to make sure your accommodation is worthwhile. I highly recommend staying with these folks if you plan to stay in the area.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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flyfis1, Owner at Aoraki Lodge, responded to this review, 7 August 2012
Your recommendations are much appreciated. We find that Breakfast is a much friendlier occasion if our guests have all met the previous evening over a glass of wine before going out to dine. Sandy & Ian
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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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