Hawkdun Rise, a beautiful oasis in a stunning part of New Zealand. I wish we lived there! We were warmly welcomed by John to his lovely home ( suzanne was away) and that was the start of a wonderful weekend. Rooms were very well appointed, ensuite facilities, sky tv, and facilities and touches (like a drawer full of amenities) that you only find at the ultra high end hotels. A wonderful hot tub, glass of Hawkdun Rise Pinot and cheese accompanied our first evening. Breakfast was prepared by the wonderful Carla and everything that you could ever want was there (make sure you have the bacon & eggs!). John opened his home to us, nothing was too much for him and he ensured we knew where we going, things to do when we got there and really made us feel relaxed, as if we were at home. Hawkdun has a media room (projection tv, surround sound etc), a wonderful lounge and picturesque grounds. The wine is excellent! Another peaceful night, followed by another wonderful breakfast and we had to head over to Queenstown to catch our flight to Sydney. Hawkdun rise, is easily accessible to Clyde, Alexandra, Cromwell and then Queenstown. Its about a 2.5 hour drive from Dunedin (another lovely drive). We plan to go back very soon. What better way to say to John (and Suzanne) thank you for a wonderful weekend and for taking such superb care of us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- HAWKDUN RISE is a small vineyard in the heart of the Central Otago wine growing region. A tranquil and scenic setting only 5 minutes from the township of Alexandra.The Homestead contains a private guest wing, offering rooms with great views over the vineyard. Tariff includes glass of our wine on arrival, and a delicious breakfast.It is recommended that a minimum of a 2 night stay to enjoy what Central Otago has to offer.Dinner available for guests staying. ... more less