We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Payments made by partners impact the order of prices displayed. Room types may vary.
The listings of booking offers for each property take into account the compensation paid to us by our partners. Prices shown may be for varying room types. Prices displayed are the lowest available, corresponding to the least expensive room type available, as provided from our partners as of the time of the user’s search.

Aoturoa

avatar-imageavatar-image
Traveller (8)
Room & Suite (8)
Dining (2)

View prices for your travel dates

Contact accommodation for availability.
There are similar hotels available.
View all

About

#4 of 11 guest houses in Wanaka
Location
Cleanliness
Service
Value
Situated between Queenstown and Lake Wanaka, Aoturoa Luxury Villa is a five star boutique lodge offering quiet seclusion and understated luxury accommodation on 50 acres of grounds on the banks of the Clutha River. With 360-degree mountain views and barely a building in sight. Aoturoa is a luxury retreat with a strong focus on the region’s outstanding food and wine.
Read more
Suggest edits to improve what we show.Improve this listing
Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Room features
Room service
Good to know
HOTEL CLASS
5.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
Quaint
20Reviews1Q+A4Room tips

Reviews
We perform checks on reviews.
Tripadvisor’s approach to reviews
Before posting, each Tripadvisor review goes through an automated tracking system, which collects information, answering the following questions: how, what, where and when. If the system detects something that potentially contradicts our community guidelines, the review is not published.
When the system detects a problem, a review may be automatically rejected, sent to the reviewer for validation, or manually reviewed by our team of content specialists, who work 24/7 to maintain the quality of the reviews on our site.
Our team checks each review posted on the site disputed by our community as not meeting our community guidelines.
Learn more about our review moderation.

Traveller rating
  • 20
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
Time of year
Traveller type
Language
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Sort by:
Most Recent
avatar-image
Marie-Pier C wrote a review Jan 2019
Montreal, Canada3 contributions
My family and I spent 2 nights in Aoturoa! We just loved it! The rooms are lovely and very neat, the location is amazing and everything all together made our holidays overthere perfect! The breakfast are incredibles! An absolute must in Wanaka! We greatly enjoyed it! Jason and Lulu are great hosts, very friendly!
Read more
Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Helpful
Share
avatar-image
chabex wrote a review Jan 2019
auckland13 contributions6 helpful votes
+1
We stayed for one night with a one year old and the service was amazing. They took us for a ride around on their farm buggy down to the river and let us play with their awesome dog Elvis! My husband was unwell and they bought over some cough drops , baked delicious cookies and cooked a beautiful breakfast . I was worried it might not be a great place for a one year old being luxury but they made us feel so welcome and were wonderful to our son, their lovely daughter even came and took him for a play in the morning . Beautiful fresh lavender for a bath and really nice bathroom products . Beautiful spot and really genuine and friendly hosts couldn’t recommend enough, left feeling very refreshed and relaxed! ( even with a one year old!) Rebecca Glenn and Harvey :)
Read more
Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Helpful
Share
avatar-image
Xi M wrote a review Dec 2018
London, United Kingdom21 contributions21 helpful votes
+1
We stayed for two nights at Aoturoa, and it was one of the best staying experience we ever had. Lulu and Jason were very hospitable and considerate, and made our stay extremely comfortable. They looked us so well that we merely mentioned we would like to have omelette for breakfast, and next day Lulu made one of the best omelette I ever had plus a lavish of all the other organic food. The view is just amazing you can see mountains (not sure if it is Mount Alta) directly from the bedroom and living room, and dark sky. They also have a huge farm nearby the river which you can spend some time wondering around, also do some raspberry pick up. We definitely will come back to Aoturoa by any chance in the future . Lulu and Jason are such a lovely couple and thank you so much, we had a great time here!
Read more
Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Helpful
Share
avatar-image
CSxxxxxxx wrote a review Mar 2018
New York City, New York13 contributions4 helpful votes
We only had one night with Jon and Leslie but so enjoyed it. It is a spectacular setting and house, in a beautiful part of the country. Our room was gorgeous and had every luxury. We especially enjoyed talking with Jon and Leslie over a glass of wine and learning more about the history of what they have created and Jon’s tour to show us all they have done in landscaping. Thanks!
Read more
Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Cannot go wrong with any -all very private and gorgeous
See more room tips
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Helpful
Share
avatar-image
drusillab2014 wrote a review Jan 2018
Menlo Park, California15 contributions18 helpful votes
My husband, two teenage sons and I stayed at Aoturoa for a few nights and it was wonderful. Jon and Leslie are wonderful hosts. The house is comfortable, spacious and welcoming. There is lots of room to roam and so many fruit trees! We also loved their funny New Zealand dogs who lived outside in their own accommodations. Wanaka is a great place to visit, Aoturoa made it even better.
Read more
Date of stay: December 2017
Location
Service
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Helpful
Share
avatar-image
Alyssa M wrote a review Apr 2017
London, United Kingdom1 contribution1 helpful vote
We chose Aoturoa as our jumping off point for Central Otago - the scenery can't be beat in this part of the region, and Aoturoa makes the most of this. It is set on a gorgeous piece of land nestled within mountains and hills only minutes from nearby Rippon Vineyard and Wanaka, with fantastic restaurants. The hotel is lovely, and was built for the surrounding scenery. Everywhere you turn discover another incredible view. But it is the hospitality which truly sets it apart. The owners, Jon and Leslie, are intrepid globetrotters and seem to have something in common with everyone. We could not more highly recommend a stay at Aoturoa.
Read more
Date of stay: April 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Helpful
Share
avatar-image
John H wrote a review Feb 2017
San Antonio, Texas15 contributions15 helpful votes
The Aoturoa Lodge is only a few minutes outside of Wanaka but feels like a miles and miles from anywhere...and wonderfully so. John and Leslie have created a wonderful, warm, welcoming place that felt like home the minute we arrived. The accommodations are very nice, the grounds beautiful(and all created and managed by John and Leslie), and the atmosphere like that of a good friends home. John and Leslie prepared amazing breakfasts using locally grown products, were wonderful hosts, and we left feeling like we had been friends for years. It's a great place made all that much better by hosts who are passionate about what they do and how they do it!
Read more
Date of stay: January 2017
Service
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Helpful
Share
avatar-image
Margot W wrote a review Jan 2017
Toronto, Canada40 contributions7 helpful votes
Quite often while traveling you come to a point where you miss your friends and family, and that's where the Aoturoa Lodge comes in. A beautiful escape all in its own right, nestled between valleys and the mountains you are lost and rejuvenated at the same time in the privately owned 50 acres. This incredible lodge welcomes you with open arms and picturesque views which instantly allows you to unwind and reconnect with your loved ones and yourself. Jon and Leslie are incredible hosts; knowledgeable, warm and inviting you feel as though they are the long lost family you so missed while on your worldly travels. A true meaning of the lodge life farm to table, remote, and wrapped up in dancing winds and quiet rustling of the trees around you, one can wonder how they became so lucky to find themselves staying at Aoturoa. Jon and Leslie not only are incredible at hosting but their skills in the kitchen surpass some of the best restaurants you have ever eaten in. Breakfast is fresh and loaded up with delicious, healthy, fresh home grown options. One of our greatest highlights was being able to join Jon and Leslie at their dinner table, the food was incredible and sourced with local delicacies and the conversation flowed without feeling time passing. Truly modern and lavish with a quiet country charm you feel the perfect blend of old and new, a charm that is woven through every aspect of their home. Aoturoa means World of light and that's what you get here light for as far as the eye can see and a lightness to your soul feeling rejuvenated and recharged.
Read more
Date of stay: January 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Helpful
Share
avatar-image
Azanteya A wrote a review Mar 2016
3 contributions
As it was the absolutely divine beginning of an absolutely divine journey to New Zealand, there's no doubt that we're going to visit Aoturoa again, if we have the chance. Food and drink selection, landscape, architecture, garden and interior design - simply everything in and around the beautiful "House of Light" ist perfectly tuned by the most kind hosts we've ever met. 90.000 stars for Aoturoa and a big *heart* for Jon & Lesley, Peter & Miriam
Read more
Date of stay: February 2016
Value
Cleanliness
Service
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: the room on the 1st floor, leftside the stairs has a beautiful french tub and a very relaxing view.
See more room tips
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Helpful
Share
avatar-image
Rubacooba wrote a review Jan 2016
Christchurch, New Zealand16 contributions5 helpful votes
We had a great time staying at Aoturoa. Jon and Lesley are welcoming and warm hosts, and.... they make a fabulous breakfast ;-) The room had a great view, the river is only 2 minutes walk from the house and we were made to feel at home. Close enough to Wanaka for easy access but far enough to enjoy the peace and solitude of amazing views. Highly recommend it - hopefully will be back!
Read more
Date of stay: January 2016
Value
Rooms
Service
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Helpful
Share
Previous
12
Not the right property for you?
There are more places to choose from in the Wanaka area.
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandOtago RegionWanaka
NUMBER OF ROOMS
4
Prices are provided by our partners, and reflect total costs of the stay, including all taxes and fees known to our partners. Please see our partners for more details.
Is This Your Tripadvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

AOTUROA - Guesthouse Reviews (Wanaka) - Tripadvisor

Frequently Asked Questions about Aoturoa
Which popular attractions are close to Aoturoa?
Nearby attractions include Crossfire Wanaka (7.8 km), National Transport and Toy Museum (8.0 km), and Criffel Tours and Experiences (7.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Aoturoa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Aoturoa?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Aoturoa?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Aoturoa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Warbirds and Wheels Diner, Country Taste Cafe & Store, and Luggate Hotel.
Is Aoturoa accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.