I was in Wanaka for two weeks to ski, and found my room at the Matterhorn South to be warm and cozy in the New Zealand winter. I stayed in the lodge and used the common kitchen. The cooking facilities were adequate, and I never felt rushed or over-crowded. My room, linens, etc. were all excellent. In fact the duvet was better (warmer, softer, fluffier) than the one in the much fancier hotel where I stayed in Queenstown.
The location is fantastic: a block from The Cinema Paradisio and Francesca's pizza; two blocks from the super market and the lake. Almost everything in Wanaka is less than 5 minutes walk away.
Karen and Donna are great. I had known Karen from a previous stay at the motel across the road. What a treat it was to find that she is managing the Matterhorn. She "gets right on it" and responds to any issues. This is definitely my first choice for economy lodging in Wanaka.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We provide all travellers a home away from home to take a break from your break. So Climb on in! Free Wifi, homely relaxing atmosphere set in beautiful Wanaka We have Gas in two fires in Two lounges to warm you up in winter and sun decks with plenty of shade to chill out in summer. There are two fully equipped kitchens one each for Lodge and Backpacker Accommodations. Dorm and standard private room sin the Hostel and Private en-suite rooms in the Lodge building sleep 2-5 pax. This blend of affordable Backpacker and Lodge Accommodation with friendly management and superb location will give you a very enjoyable stay. Secure Ski drying room for use in winter. Free street aprkign nearby. Top floor of the lodge accommodation overlooks the lake and the mountains. We are located near the centre of the township, just a short walk from the Lake. There are separate areas for backpackers and Lodge guests. ... more less
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