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Wanaka Top 10 Holiday Park
Ranked #14 of 45 Speciality Lodging in Wanaka
Scottsdale Arizona
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“Disappointing”
Reviewed 28 June 2012

Lake Wanaka Top 10 Holiday Park Review

We arrive in the town of Lake Wanaka as the sun is setting. As we drive through town we see a large crowd of young people at Cluden’s Bar and Restaurant...I remember now, it’s University “break week” and the students are now on a brief winter break.

We find our way to the Top 10 and although a little hesitant based on the “looks” of the place we check-in. The woman at reception quotes me the “full rate” in spite of the fact this this is definitely “off season” and I ask if there’s any other discounts….”No, it’s $100 for the ensuite…” It’s getting late, I should have arrived in town earlier. I agree to one night and ask if my “Top 10 Club Membership” includes free WiFi as it does in other locations…. she hesitates but then says “I’ll get you a login so you can use the Wifi.” We get 30 minutes access / or relatively few megabytes, whichever comes first.

We get to our room…not good. We’ve just come from the Top 10 Te Anau and this place pales by comparison. It really needs updating. The stove top is a two burner hot plate, no oven, there is a microwave, sink and fridge….all in a not particularly spacious galley. The TV has 3 channels, one showing the worst of American sitcoms, one the News (which repeats the same stories every 30 minutes and one that seems to have a “loop” of “what’s great about Lake Wanaka.”

The shower and toilet are behind sliding doors…all need a bit of updating and they are freezing.

The room is cold…it is winter after all. We turn on the portable radiator style heater. It cannot keep up with the chill that permeates the room. Ah well, the bed has a “heating pad." As luck would have it, only one side works. Maybe there’s a reason there are only a few cars in this entire Holiday Park.

We make a decision…although we're prepared to spend a few nights in Lake Wanaka, we’re only spending one night in this place...and a this point, we’re sorry we have to spend the one night. “Top 10” properties vary and this one is definitely sub-standard for a winter stay. As we leave the next morning, I see…only a few blocks from the “Top 10” a Wyndham Motel….every parking space is occupied…I see now where we should have stayed.

Even with my Top Ten Club Membership 10% discount…staying here was a mistake.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 June 2012 via mobile

Stayed in Campervan site in June. Nice friendly service, camp is spread out over a hill so is a little bit 'Mickey mouse'. Playground is way down the hill out of sight so you need to escort kiddies down to it and supervise as its adjacent to roads within campground. Free spa was good but shower not working there. Bathrooms pretty dated and showers on timer. Very very dark in the bathrooms in winter. If there was a better campground in Wanaka I would've stayed there but it seems there isn't :(

  • Stayed June 2012
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 14 May 2012

Not sure if we are reviewing the same park as previous travellers but have checked my receipt and it definately says "Wanaka Top 10 Holiday Park" so must be the same. We stayed right up the top of the hill in the campervan bays so can't comment on the cabins or tent sites.

Sure, it's a bit out of town and the roadworks (we stayed last day of April) caused a slow trip to & fro but the reception was friendly and helpful and we got a prime level site (park where you like Sir!) just in front of the amenities block overlooking the town and lake and snow clad mountains. Stunning!

At about dusk the wind blew in so hard that we felt the van rocking and it was bitterly cold. The shower/toilet block was basic but had good hot showers that were limited to 9 mins on a timer outside the door but we are used to that.

The kitchen was the best part having all the necessary appliances and good range of stove hobs etc. When we were there several other travellers were cooking and it was most convivial with plenty of room to cook and eat at the tables.

We used the dump station before leaving and it was well sited and adequate. In the morning the wind had abated and besides being freezing cold the view out our van over the lake was postcard perfect.

Wanaka is a beautiful place and has lots of attractions and the autumn trees were in all their splendid colour as was the lake and mountains.

We didn't have any real complaints about the "Top 10"

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 May 2012

We stayed here for one night in a basic cabin, with two sets of bunks (one with a double bed underneath) and a table and chairs. The kitchen and bathrooms were at the other end of the same block so could be reached undercover if it was raining. Both were basic but adequate. There was also a laundry in the block, but we didn’t use it.

The kids loved the pool with a simple waterslide, and the playground, especially the huge trampoline. There was a TV lounge with internet pcs (paid access, you could pay for wifi too), but we didn’t use them either.

The site is a bit out of town, and not as new or nice as other Top 10s we stayed at in NZ, but was fine for one night.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Laurel, Maryland
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Reviewed 20 April 2012

While in NZ we stayed at 5 or 6 Top 10 Holiday Parks. I was very impressed with them! For those from the U.S. this is similar to the KOA campground chain there. These for the most part were even nicer than many of those.

That being said I agree wholeheartedly with each of the previous reviews. This campground was my least favorite of those I saw in NZ. While I wouldn't avoid it, I'd probably look for something else instead. We camped there so I don't have any insight on the rooms. The area for camping was ok. It was a large open field in the middle of the campground. It was quiet and the ground worked well for our tenting. I started out using the bathrooms that looked like they were designated for the tenters. It was a building with about 5 rooms that had a toilet, sink and shower in each. Men and women would use it. It was older and not very nice. I made sure not to make skin contact with the floor. I started using the other bathrooms in the campground during our stay which were a little bit nicer.

I agree that the staff here was very nice and very helpful. We were also able to drive to a lot of great stuff nearby (check out "Puzzling World"!), so the area itself is actually pretty great.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Wanaka, New Zealand
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Reviewed 18 April 2012

We were a family of four who stayed in a 2-bedroom motel unit during the Warbirds Over Wanaka.
For the price we paid, during such a big event, we really can’t complain and were happy with our stay.
However, whether or not we would return during another part of the year is a bit up in the air.
On the plus side the service was friendly, the unit was spacious enough for our needs, and the outdoor playground and pool (unheated) are great for families.
On the downside, the unit did need some maintenance. The television had no remote, the clock had a flat battery, and neither or the light bulbs in the smaller bedroom worked. All small things that should be checked and fixed regularly. Also, the temperature in the shower was a bit temperamental and the shower head was fixed at a height for very short people.
The location is a bit out of town, which was fine for us as we had a car. People without their own transport may want to stay a bit closer.
Tip: This holiday Park uses IAC internet just like many other backpackers and holiday parks in the South Island. Before travelling, check out the IAC website to see how many of your other accommodation options use IAC also. Buying a wifi package for your whole trip could work out quite a bit cheaper than paying for it day by day.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Santa Rosa, California
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Reviewed 16 April 2012

This was the least attractive Top 10 Holiday Park we stayed at. There is almost no landscaping. The room was average and the location a bit out of Wanaka, but we had a car, so it was no problem. They have a good recycling drop off station and the staff is very nice and helpful. For our budget, it was a good, but not great, place to stay.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Wanaka Top 10 Holiday Park
Address: 217 Mt. Aspiring Road, Wanaka, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
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Ranked #14 of 45 Speciality Lodging in Wanaka
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Hotel Class:4 star — Wanaka Top 10 Holiday Park 4*
Number of rooms: 27
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