It seems not to be everyone's cup of tea... but we loved Wanaka. A quiet lakeside hub, offering wonderful access to the glorious Mount Aspiring National Park, we enjoyed every moment of our summer stay here. The Lodge is a lovely, laid back, place only a few minutes walk from the Lake. Everything has been well thought-through, the rooms, although a little compact, are neatly organised, will plenty of light, flat screen tvs, spotless bathrooms and everything you need. There's a hot tub in the courtyard, which you can sign up to enjoy, an honesty system for bar goods and computer. Fresh tea and coffee available all day and night (even chocolate cake when we were there) and some warm communal lounges to relax and drink it in. This really is a lodge rather than a hotel in that sense, and those hunting for big rooms and big views will be disappointed. But if you like the friendly touches, you'll like it here. A good welcome from the owners, with plenty of advice (and maps) on local walks (Diamond Lake.... wonderful views!) and restaurants (can't recommend The White House enough....). There's a really quirky cinema, Cinema Paradiso, just around the corner too - where you enjoy your film whilst sitting on a sofa (or even a morris minor) whilst munching homemade cookies.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Te Wanaka Lodge is a contemporary European-style ski lodge and B&B, in the heart of Wanaka. The lodge has a great reputation as a fun and friendly place to stay. Te Wanaka is an easy stroll to the lakefront and village centre with restaurants, shops and cafes. On a hot summer day, guests can relax in the private courtyard garden with a local wine from the house-bar. In the winter skiers enjoy complimentary Apres-Ski, in the guest lounges, in front of the log-fire or a soak in the cedar garden hot-tub. Breakfast is served around a huge antique dining table and features a delicious continental and cooked selection. Then whether skiing, golfing, trout fishing in the crystal clear waters, hiking in the Mt Aspiring National Park, or visiting superb local wineries, you will enjoy a memorable day in our spectacular region. All bedrooms have en-suites, balconies and flat-screen LCD TVs. ... more less
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