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“A most relaxing idyllic place to stay”

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Glendhu Bay Motor Camp
Invercargill, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“A most relaxing idyllic place to stay”
Reviewed 11 March 2014

I recently have had an opportunity to stay at Glendu Bay Lakeside Holiday Park, and I have had to leave with the utmost reluctance. The scenery is amazing and the staff are so polite and accommodating. The managers - Chris and Keith - go out of their way to advise about trips etc, and to help in any other way they can. I had many conversations with them and found them to be genuine, kind, and fun. It was a shame that some campers and locals who use this park, don't obey the speed rules which are there to prevent among other reasons - children from being run over. Chris and Keith have made many improvements to the camp and I met campers who had nothing but praise for them as managers, and as people. After reading some of the bad reviews, I am left wondering if some of these reviewers had disregarded other people's safety and comfort in pursuit of their own needs and have had to spoken to?? I loved it there and would go back in a heartbeat. Thanks Chris, Keith, and the team!!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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lakeside1127, Manager at Glendhu Bay Motor Camp, responded to this review, 17 March 2014
Thank you so much for your kind words. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us - it was a pleasure to assist you with your questions. We are terribly lucky to have such a fantastic location, and it is great that you appreciate the hard work running a camp ground like Glendhu can be. You are obviously a very perceptive person, and we think you have probably hit the nail on the head with some of the 'not so complimentary' reviews from a minority of campers!! We hope you will come and visit us at Glendhu Bay again.
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

This traditional NZ camping ground provided us with the most wonderful weeks camping. The camping sites are great and the facilities are good and clean. The holidays were ending so I imagine it was quieter but everything was very relaxed. The setting is just so beautiful - lake front beautiful mountains all around with so many things to do if you wish - boating, fishing , fantastic day walks, swimming, and relaxing. One couple stayed in a "cabin" and though it was adequate probably needs a upgrade :-).
Great time had by all.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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lakeside1127, Manager at Glendhu Bay Motor Camp, responded to this review, 17 March 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at Glendhu Bay - we are so happy that you enjoyed your time with us. You obviously picked the perfect time when things were a little bit quieter .... time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings! We do appreciate you comments regarding the cabins requiring an upgrade ... hopefully this may become reality later this year. Watch this space!!
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Kurow, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 February 2014

A magical spot, enjoyed by a large group of us ranging from newborns to grandparents! Great facilities and fair rules....we had an absolute ball and did not want to leave! So great to have ease of rubbish disposal making it a nice clean camp to be staying at. Thank you Chris and staff for making our experience such an awesome one, the camp is a credit to you.See you next year!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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lakeside1127, Manager at Glendhu Bay Motor Camp, responded to this review, 17 March 2014
Thank you Olivia for your kind words. It was a pleasure to host your family group and we are so pleased that Glendhu provided the perfect location for you all to get together. We are sure we will see you back here in the near future ... it is rather hard to stay away too long!
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Wanaka, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 February 2014

The location of this camp is amazing it is such a pity about the terrible customer service. I checked in to be greeted by an unfriendly and hostile women on the front desk. She had nothing positive to say and just yelled the rules and regulations at me almost making me walk out. I would recommend (after reading others similar experiences) that a customer service course would really benefit this camping ground. This sort of service really lets the place down. I will certainly be staying elsewhere next time I decide to go camping!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Chris W, Manager at Glendhu Bay Motor Camp, responded to this review, 6 February 2014
It is interesting to note that you say the rules were 'yelled' at you by the manager, when it is not company policy to discuss the rules with guests. We have a very comprehensive handout that is given to all campers upon arrival, to read at their leisure. We would suggest that you have an ulterior motive for writing such a review, and we trust readers will see it for what it really is.
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 February 2014

All praise to the current managers, Chris & Keith, as we have never seen the camp look so well maintained. We have been camping here for the last 50 years! We think you are doing an amazing job at running such a busy camp. Unfortunately you can never please everyone, but you have been awesome to us and our extended family (including camp mother- Maggie!). Hopefully we get to spend many more Christmas' at the camp under your management.
Aimee.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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lakeside1127, Manager at Glendhu Bay Motor Camp, responded to this review, 17 March 2014
Thanks Aimee for taking the time to review Glendhu Bay. We work hard to ensure that the campground compliments the stunning surroundings, and it is nice that our efforts are appreciated. What a pleasure to welcome Maggie to Glendhu Bay for her 60th year this summer! She truly is the matriarch of this wonderful camp. Yes it is very hard to please everyone but we know that 98% of the campers are happy because of the feedback we have received, and we cannot expect more than that. We look forward to your family spending many more years here at Glendhu Bay.
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Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed 30 January 2014

We have for the 5th year in a row stayed at Glendu, although we cant claim to 40 years like some we know, for the last two years Chris and Keith have been amazing, we had a family situation that wasnt good and we needed a break away, Chris moved heaven and earth to make it happen, she couldnt do enough for us, this was last Christmas 2012-2013. We returned to the camp this year, of course she remembered us greeted us as if we where family. They are so hard working, they are there from dusk till dawn, I myself work in hospo and I would not do there job for all the money in the world. Its funny the way the certain people there at Glendu treat Chris and Keith so bad, I myself heard it first hand, you would think the people owned the site they camped on themselves, my thought process is if they want to own the site buy it?? There are rules in place for a reason, Chris and Keith your amazing you do a birlliant job, keep up the good work and it wouldnt be the same without you there, my children said they miss you guys already!!!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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lakeside1127, Manager at Glendhu Bay Motor Camp, responded to this review, 17 March 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for Glendhu Bay. We love our job in this little bit of paradise, and reviews such as yours make the 'not so good times' diminish. We think you are pretty intuitive with your comments on some of the complaints ... thank you for acknowledging that. We hope to see your family back here for many years to come!!
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Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

Our family has stayed at Glendhu Bay camp ground twice in the last two years. This place is amazing! With old but impeccably clean facilities and unbeatable location and views. What strikes us is the wonderful job the managers and staff do under sometimes incredibly challenging situations, having to be on the receiving end of abuse from those campers that seem to think their needs should be over and above that of other campers. A place such as this that caters for such huge numbers is always going to have a need for firm management and I guess the new managers were always going to bear the brunt of long-term campers having their wings clipped after so many years freedom doing exactly what they pleased.
From what we have heard from other campers and seen for ourselves, Chris and Keith are outstanding managers and, fortunately for the majority, are not afraid to hold firm against the minority's selfish demands.
We can only see that the campground will continue to flourish under these managers.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Glendhu Bay Motor Camp
Address: 1127 Mt Aspiring Road | Glendhu Bay, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
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Ranked #9 of 45 Speciality Lodging in Wanaka
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A true iconic Kiwi camp on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Stunning location 11km from Wanaka on the road to Mt Aspiring National Park. Only minutes from Treble Cone skifield, Mt Roy and the Motatapu Valley. One hours drive away from Queenstown. Powered and non powered sites available along with rustic cabins, a new lodge sleeping 21 in total (separate rooms sleep up to six) and a fully furnished 3 bedroom house to rent. ... more   less 

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