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Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka
Ranked #14 of 20 Hotels in Wanaka
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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Reviewed 7 November 2012

Overall, really enjoyable. A couple of new staff on, who were coming up to speed with the Advantage Plus System.
Downstairs room was noisy with other guests banging communual entry doors and cloncking around in the upstairs rooms at all hours of the night.
TV receprion was crap, to put in midly.
Facilities are excellent, hot pools, bar, resturant and the people.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 November 2012

We stayed here during our honeymoon in May 2012. We were on a self drive trip and had been booking our next accommodation from each location.
Grand Mercure did not disappoint! It was reasonably priced and our unit was modern, very well equipped and clean, great kitchen and a fabulously comfortable bed.
A few small things that reduced the review from excellent:
The lack of fly screens on the windows meant we had regular visits from friendly bugs.
The TV mounted on the angled wall in the bedroom pointed away from the bed (not sure where you are intended to view it from) and it wasn't wired in anyway so it didn't work.
A surprise repairman let himself in one afternoon with no warning. Potentially embarrassing for honey- mooners; we were making lunch at the time.

Note to newly weds too: Don't expect a fuss to be made of you, or even an acknowledgement that this is your honeymoon. Unlike Asia, the US and the rest of the South Pacific, it just doesn't seem to be part of the NZ Hospitality Industry service culture.

Aside from these minor things, this was definitely our favourite place to stay on the NZ South Island and we will definitely be back! Loved every moment of staying here.

Room Tip: Ask for a unit upstairs in the wing down the front, closest to town and you will be away from everyo...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 October 2012

We were not impressed with this hotel...one of the most expensive in town... over $200 NZD.....thought it would be special. We were "upgraded" to a newer wing....a nice gesture. The bed was fantastic for sure...but nothing special about the room. Nicely redone bathroom but the shower door was hung improperly and was worried it would break. Dinner was great..although too pricey....breaksfast..so..so. Not worth the cost for sure. I would go somewhere else in twon. Had to ask repeatedly for coffee. Dry museli? That was a first on the trip. Not our worst hotel in New Zealand....and certainly not the best.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 October 2012

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 October 2012

We spent two nights at this hotel. We paid for the guest room with no servicing so only cost $120 a night. The room was plain enough and was generally ok. If you upgrade to this room for the bath, dont bother as its far too small. Yes the hotel is not in Wanaka but is less than a 5 min drive. This should not be an issue for most people if you have a vehicle. I would recommened, as other people have, trying to get a room/apartment overlooking the mountains. The spa was great to sit out in the evening as was not busy at all while we were there. We did not try the restraurant at the hotel and there are a few around the hotel and in the centre of Wanaka. We had very little contact with staff but what contact we had was fine. Was it worth $120 a night??......just about.

Room Tip: As other reviewers have stated, try and get a view of the mountains.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 October 2012

Having spent the night in the car after the Haast Pass landslide the team upgraded my daughter and I to a mini suite gratis. The hotel is a bit out of town but I have stayed there three times so far. The lane pool was closed and the spas could be hotter. Nevertheless Wanaka is a great place to visit and we enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 October 2012

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Address: 20 Studholme Rds, Wanaka 9381, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Luxury Hotel in Wanaka
Price Range: £80 - £132 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka 4*
Number of rooms: 173
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Oakridge Resort is 100 kilometres from Queenstown and 2 kilometres from Lake Wanaka, the fourth largest lake in New Zealand. The resort features 173 hotel rooms and fully equipped apartments, a superb restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining, heated swimming pool with poolside bar and a day spa. During the warmer months, local activities include bushwalking, mountain climbing and fishing, while in winter the snowfields of Treble Cone and Cardrona are within easy reach. ... more   less 
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