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Buchanan Lodge - 'Exclusive-Use' Retreat

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Overview
5 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
9 guests
3 nights minimum 
Holiday Rental House
Buchanan Lodge is situated on 60 acres of land designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is beautifully secluded - 30 mins outside Wanaka. The garden leads down to the lake where there is a delightful pebble beach. The lodge sleeps 9 people upstairs (2 doubles, 2 twins and 1 single), and has 3 modern bathrooms (2 ensuite with the doubles and 1 family bathroom shared between the twin rooms and the single room). Downstairs is a wonderful open-plan living area with state-of-the-art facilities (kitchen at one end, living room at the other with a gorgeous open fireplace, and a double-height dining area in the middle). There is also a downstairs cloakroom and laundry room. It is the perfect spot to enjoy a family holiday, a break with friends or a romantic honeymoon.
House Rules
Pets not allowedKid friendlyNo smoking
No parties or functions to be held at the Lodge without prior owner consent. Please keep the front gate and the garden gate closed at all times to avoid rabbits entering the garden.
Bedrooms
2 Kings5 Singles1 Cot
Bathrooms
1 Full bath2 Attached (ensuite)

Meet the host
Ally H
Hosting since December 2011
Languages spoken: English
Response Time: Within a few hours
Interaction with guestsOur property managers are on hand throughout your stay to help with any queries.

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Fearless60448641459
Fearless60448641459
1 contribution
Amazing little slice of paradise!
This was the perfect location for our wedding and we loved being able to swim in the lake everyday. Such a beautiful lodge, very comfortable, and the most amazing scenery.
Visited November 2023
Written 1 December 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Roam745455
Roam745455
Thank you! So glad you enjoyed your stay.
Written 13 December 2023. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Baden D
Baden D
1 contribution
Perfect family holiday destination
We had 2 families with young children meet up here to spend a weekend of quality family time together. The location is exquisite with snow capped mountains, pristine lake and regenerating scrub providing an ever-changing backdrop to capture special family moments. We watched our children play without fighting, watched hawks pluck rabbits from the nearby scrub and watched fireworks over Wanaka from the hot tub. Down the trail to the waters edge we found frozen icicles dangling from rocks, a frozen beach (!) and more majestic views. Back inside our children loved discovering new books and toys, eating toasted marshmallows and imaginative play together. What a magical place it was for our children. And for us adults, as we spent the evenings catching up in front of the fire. The house was everything we needed as it is not your typical Airbnb - it is a family's personal retreat with all the toys, stocked pantry and homewares in cupboards you wish a typical Airbnb had. The inside of the house has been carefully renovated to a high standard and yet I was not perpetually worried about my children smashing something - a fine balance that reflects the durable materials chosen. I absolutely recommend this retreat to people with young families or anyone seeking the tranquillity of the remarkable landscape up this side of lake wanaka. It is just perfect. The only suggestion for improvement to the manager is that having some instructions on the heating visible when you first arrive in winter would be great. Or you could turn the heating system on in advance of people's arrival as they do at commercial resorts.
Visited June 2022
Written 6 July 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Roam745455
Roam745455
Thank you for your lovely words - I’m so glad you all enjoyed your stay. We built the house when our own children were babies so like to think that it caters well for all ages! I will take up your suggestion of more prominent heating instructions in winter. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
Written 25 August 2022. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Desiree M
Desiree M
Devonport, New Zealand31 contributions
Perfect in every way
We stayed at Buchanan lodge with the extended family. The house is beautifully appointed and the location is breathtaking. There was something special there for each of us to enjoy. Our 2 year old grandson loved the huge array of children's toys, the adults had fun kayaking and swimming on the lake and my 83 year old mother just enjoyed sitting outside or on the window seat soaking up the views. The kitchen and dining room areas were very spacious and worked really well. We will definitely return with the family again in the future. Thank you so much for allowing us to stay in your piece of paradise
Visited March 2022
Written 29 April 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Roam745455
Roam745455
Thank you for your lovely words - I’m so glad you all enjoyed your stay. We built the house when our own children were babies so like to think that it caters well for all ages!
Written 10 May 2022. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Nanette K
Nanette K
3 contributions
Stunning and unique
We first went to Buchanan Lodge in 15 years ago when I wanted a special place in a stunning location for family coming from overseas to reunite. I fell in love with it then and always wanted to go back. We finally made it and it is no less magical. It really doesn't get better than Buchanan lodge. Heaps of room, beautiful furnishings and ambiance and the most incredible views. You just immediately relax and kick off your shoes. This would be my ideal home. Thank you so much for sharing it.
Visited February 2022
Written 22 February 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Roam745455
Roam745455
Thank you for your lovely words Nanette. I'm so glad you love it as much as we do. You are welcome back any time.
Written 24 March 2022. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jasmin Graham
Jasmin Graham
1 contribution
Wonderful Easter getaway
Spectacular location and house. Every window provides a lake and or alpine view. The house had everything we needed from kids toys and games through to coffee machine and beach towels. A well thought out space for entertaining and socialising while keeping the bedrooms quite. Beds were comfortable and well laid out with pleanty of storage, 3 bathrooms upstairs and the bath was great for the kids. The grass area was great for soccer and the back area was nice and sheltered to enjoy the outdoor lounge in the sun or find some space to read a book. We didn’t use the hot tub but it looked inviting especially at night when the stargazing was awe inspiring. There was access to the lake via a track (offering great views especially at sunset), and a grass track further along the road for launching a small boat or jet ski. The hose had some great books on the area and lots of games and puzzles for all ages. We all liked the historical picture of the area. The open fire was an absolute hit, creating a cozy feel even when it wasn’t going. Kitchen had everything we needed and more, laundry was handy for a longer stay. Wifi and sky TV were handy. Lots of excellent walks to do in the area. We will have to come back to do some more exploring, drinking, eating and spending quality time together. Oh and the complimentary bottle of wine was such a nice touch and the couple we dealt with were very nice and responsive. Can’t wait to come back.
Visited March 2021
Written 10 April 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Roam745455
Roam745455
Thank you for your kind words. So glad you enjoyed it and it lived up to your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you back next time.
Written 24 March 2022. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Sarah C
Sarah C
1 contribution
Absolutely family-friendly and amazing lodge in the perfect location!
Our group of two families, including 6 children had the best holiday in this perfectly-private and stunning lodge. The hot tub and kayaks were fantastic, and the lodge was warm, clean, comfortable and perfectly-equipped for our week-long stay. We will absolutely visit again and couldn't recommend the lodge more highly!
Visited January 2021
Written 16 January 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Roam745455
Roam745455
Thank you Sarah. We look forward to welcoming you back next time.
Written 17 January 2021. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Resort48099260613
Resort48099260613
1 contribution
Gorgeous secluded location, fantastic lodge and fabulous views
Such a gorgeous secluded location with fabulous views. We had a lovely family Christmas holiday here. Plenty of room for all of us in the lodge to comfortably relax with everything we needed at hand, including a Christmas tree and decorations! We had lots of fun on the lawn playing croquet and cricket as well as enjoying the hot tub. We also spent lots of time on the private beach, perfect for swimming, picnics, boating and relaxing. We were so pleased that we had bought plenty of food and wine with us - once we got here we didn't want to go anywhere else! Ally and her family were very helpful and welcoming. We look forward to staying again.
Visited December 2020
Written 9 January 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Roam745455
Roam745455
Thank you for your kind words. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
Written 17 January 2021. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

MarkRTC
MarkRTC
Auckland Central, New Zealand18 contributions
Fabulous House
Buchanan Lodge is a fabulous house in a remarkable setting on Lake Wanaka. Very comfortable and well appointed - it had everything we needed and more. Lovely and private, with incredible 360 degree views of the mountains. Very highly recommended.
Visited July 2020
Written 15 July 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Roam745455
Roam745455
Thank for your review. We look forward to your next stay.
Written 1 August 2020. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

sgmum
sgmum
Singapore, Singapore33 contributions
Beautiful location, great for big groups
The location of this lodge is amazing! The view is something we could never get tired of! We love it! The lodge is lovely, and well stocked with utensils, pots and pans/crockery and the washer/dryer is great for big families. We enjoyed the privacy of the beach and spent many hours hanging out there, tossing stones into the water. Having the kayaks around are great and we managed a full day out on them, when the lake was calm. There are 3 kayaks - one single and two slightly larger ones which can probably take one adult and a small child, than two adults. The dining and sitting areas are perfect as well, and having a fireplace is good. The bathrooms and bedrooms are well appointed and 'quaint', so no mixers for the taps. But it could perhaps do with a bit more towel hangers/hooks. The house owner, Ally (Pauline and Derek) are helpful and responsive. We would love to come back again!
Visited December 2017
Written 7 December 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Roam745455
Roam745455
Thank you for your lovely and helpful review. We are so glad you had a good time, and look forward to seeing you again.
Written 23 December 2017. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

arosien
arosien
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
Absolutely incredible!
Buchanan Lodge is absolutely stunning! The view from the house, the peaceful surrounds, the lounge room with the most comfortable couches and fire place, the fully equipped kitchen, beautiful lawns, hot tub under the stars, direct access to the lake for kayaking and the cosy bedrooms make this the most perfect place for a wonderful and relaxing holiday. The owners were very helpful. We can't wait to return!
Visited January 2017
Written 24 January 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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What this rental offers
Location features
  • Waterfront location
Entertainment
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Television
Parking
  • Parking available
Indoor amenities
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Internet access
  • Cable television
Bathroom and laundry
  • Dryer
  • Iron
  • Hot bath
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washer
Outdoor amenities
  • Balcony
  • Patio
  • Private yard
  • Terrace
Scenic views
  • Mountain views
  • Waterfront views
Location info
  • Kid friendly
  • Beachfront/Lakeside
Kitchen and dining
  • Grill
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Cooker
  • Toaster
Wi-fi and internet
  • Wi-fi
Living spaces
  • Highchair

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Map
Access
Car required
How to get there
The Lodge is situated about 20 mins drive out of Wanaka, in a fabulous location. Take Mt Aspiring Road out of Wanaka and drive around the lake, past Glendhu Bay until you reach a road on the RHS signposted West Wanaka. It is an 80-90min drive from Queenstown Airport.

Things to know
Check in / out timings
Check in after 3 pm Check out by 10 am
Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed
Notes from owner
Use of Hot tub NZ$100 p/wk or NZ$50 for 3 nights Use of 3 kayaks NZ$200 p/wk or $50 per day

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Frequently Asked Questions about Buchanan Lodge - 'Exclusive-Use' Retreat

Buchanan Lodge - 'Exclusive-Use' Retreat is able to accommodate up to 9 guests. See all property details.

Buchanan Lodge - 'Exclusive-Use' Retreat has 3 bathrooms available. See all property details.

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