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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