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Zula Lodge
Ranked #22 of 45 Speciality Lodging in Wanaka
Te Anau, New Zealand
1 review
“Wonderful staying”
Reviewed 11 October 2013

Friendly and helpful managers, Darryl and Tania. I enjoy the days staying here very much! It is a relaxing place with great facilities and high level of cleanness. Hundreds of books, DVDs, large TV and board games, always having fun and never feel boring. Surrounding areas are beautiful and the location is good. Lovely dog, fat cat and chicken too! Having good memories to stay here.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Rangiora, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
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Reviewed 3 October 2013 via mobile

We arrived to a warm, clean & inviting place to stay. The children had a great time tearing about the large lawn, riding their bikes around Albert Town & swinging on the rope swing. We also very much enjoyed the managers Darryl & Tania, who again were very useful with their local knowledge. There is some great biking tracks from the Lodge. The bike out to Lake Hawea is great! Good coffee shop also there. We met some great people here while staying here. Still a fab place for families & groups.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Wanaka, New Zealand
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Reviewed 23 August 2013 via mobile

We stayed in Albert Town Lodge when we first reached Otago. We pulled in late at night after a long drive in search of a place to rest our heads and call our base for a week.

Without a booking, we were still warmly welcomed by the owner Tania. I was pleased that despite It being nearly 9pm she still took the time to greet us.

We had been recommended to stay here and could immediately see why. The kitchen is large and well stocked with sinks, prep areas, kitchen cutlery and food storage areas. The lounge and dining areas are also large and the lounge area especially is very comfortable, with Sky TV and a large array of books, DVD's and children's games.

Outside, Tania and her husband Darryl keep the gardens and flower beds beautifully manicured. The back garden area is a great suntrap to sunbathe, use their gas BBQ, and children can use the trampoline, swings and play frame.

We hired bikes and went to the nearby Clutha river for a picnic and dipped our toes in the water, great for cooling off in the beautiful weather.

We felt so welcomed by the owners that we stayed for a lot longer than we originally planned.

The location is great. Just 10 short minutes to the centre of Wanaka but you feel a million miles away from the madness of peak season.

This place is a little gem that I cannot recommend enough.

  • Stayed December 2012
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Siena
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Reviewed 28 July 2013

This has been one of my favouite places I've been in New Zealand: I booked just two nights in this lodge and honestly I didn't really have hight expectations but i ended up staying more than two weeks!
I was planning to spend just few days in the Wanaka area but the location, the warm hospitality of Tania and Darryl and the really cosy lodge made me change mind. The lodge it's just 5 minutes driving out of Wanaka and 10 minutes to the beautiful Lake Hawea. Lots of activities such as biking (great tracks!), hiking and fishing are a the door steps and Tania is always helpful with hints and tips about thinghs to do in the area.
The lodge is very clean and Tania and Darryl are always providing a great service to make sure all the guests are comfortable and happy. The lounge is spacious and cosy, with a nice fireplace, a big TV and a kids area, the kitchen and the bathrooms are always clean and tidy while the garden - with a nice BBQ - is large and well kept. I was staying in a "dorm" room which was much better than an average hostel room, always warm and tidy.
I will definitely stay there again next time I'll visit New Zealand!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 9 June 2013

My boyfriend and I booked a night in this lodge during January because (I confess) there was no place any more within Wanaka (due to a sport event). This lodge suffers from its remotness from downtown (thats why it is not the first lodge advised by the iSite), but we were so lucky and happy to discover this place!! It is in a quiet area and it is HUGE, you can make use of the huge living room with several tables, the huge kitchen where you can find absolutely EVERYTHING! (from the panini press to the carrot slicer!!), or you can watch a movie (tons of DVDs) on the big screen or read one of the hundreds of books at your disposal sat in a confortable sofa!! Or either you can enjoy the sun in the garden outside, or jump on the trampoline!
In brief, this place was so wonderful that we changed our trip back to the north island in order to pass again two more days at Tanya's.
We really warmly recommend you this fantastic place!
Good travelling!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Wanaka
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
Reviewed 19 May 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed at Albert Town Lodge for a while when travelling the South Island in March 2013 and afterwards decided to stick around the area and find a job. Thanks to its handy position on motorway 6, Albert Town Lodge is one of the first places you meet when approaching Wanaka coming from the West Coast – sleeping in a confortable bed in this cosy lodge after camping in the rainy West Coast was so nice!

Albert Town Lodge is the ideal place for all those who love cycling and hiking, with so many walking tracks and bike trails starting from the lodge's doorstep.. I particularly enjoyed the spectacular Clutha River, which is very popular for fishing as well, as my boyfriend soon found out.

The lodge itself is a quite, very tidy and clean place, with a well equipped kitchen and huge dining room and lounge (lots of DVDs, books and SKY TV were a plus), enjoyable garden with BBQ.

The hosts Tania and Darryl are among the friendliest I've ever met. As long time locals, they were always ready to give us tips about stuff to do and see in the area; plus, Darryl showed us good fishing spots and Tania helped us find some paid jobs.. and these are but a couple of things they did for us. We definitely wouldn't have sticked around Wanaka so long and felt so at home there hadn't it been for Tania, Darryl and the Albert Town Lodge!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Level 2 Contributor
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Reviewed 14 May 2013

We came back again, the children were dying to get back to the Lodge since our visit last year. The Lodge was very clean & tidy. We had a fabulous fun week and explored a few more of the new biking tracks. The Outlet Track was brilliant and lots of fun and only 5 minutes bike from the Lodge. We had a fantastic view from the top of Mt Iron looking at the new snow on the hills. The weather was great. Thank you again to Darryl & Tania who looked after us really well. Even on the wet day that we had the children were quite happy being entertained by the large DVD & video collection that is in the Lodge. We totally recommend the Albert Town Lodge as a wonderful place for a family holiday.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Zula Lodge
Address: 8 Wexford Street | Albert Town, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand (Formerly Alberttown Lodge)
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 45 Speciality Lodging in Wanaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in beautiful grounds close to Clutha River. A great place for groups, schools, clubs & families. Kayaking, fishing, biking, walking tracks & 3 ski-fields at your doorstep. Family rooms and dorm rooms available - no en-suites. Full large shared kitchen with large dining & lounge area. TV, DVDs & videos free of charge. Zenbu wirelss internet available for a small charge. 5 minutes drive to Wanaka. Shop, takeaways & tavern across road. Kids Welcome. ... more   less 
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