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2312 Cardrona Valley Road, Wanaka 9382 New Zealand
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#9 of 50 B&Bs / Inns in Wanaka
Travellers' Choice
Located on the Crown Range Road between Wanaka and Queenstown, the Cardrona Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the stunning Central Otago region. Twenty minutes from Wanaka, 40 minutes from Queenstown and 30 minutes from Arrowtown, the hotel is close to many major tourist attractions in the region. It's also close to four major ski areas, including Cardrona Alpine Resort. All ensuite rooms are all equipped with Sky TV, WiFi and tea and coffee making facilities. Make use of the cosy guest lounge, beautiful cottage gardens, laundry facilities and hot tub. Rooms are a mix of queen beds, twin queen beds, twin singles and family rooms with one queen bed and two singles.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Horseback riding
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Gift shop
Outdoor fireplace
Self-serve laundry
Electric vehicle charging station
Breakfast available
Kids' meals
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French
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Yoda186 wrote a review Yesterday
Auckland Region, New Zealand6 contributions
We had a three night stay at the Cardrona Hotel. The accommodation was excellent, comfortable bed and great water pressure for the shower. We had french doors out to the grassed courtyard, perfect to enjoy the early morning sun for a walk around the gardens when no one is around. The grounds were looking particularly lovely. Spring had sprung with new growth everywhere, mowed grass and with neat edges. A fabulous touch were the glass/shade houses scattered about which created great nooks to shade from the all day sun and created a little bit of privacy, despite being glass houses. The outdoor fire is always a winner here, whatever time of the year. Being in Covid times we had to have table service inside or out, which was prompt and efficient without being OTT. When the sun sets over the yard retreating to the inside fire is positively awesome. Highly recommend this happy place.
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Date of stay: October 2021
Room Tip: Rooms facing the grassed courtyard/outside fire with french door access to the courtyard are a must.
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Rebecca812014 wrote a review Apr 2021
Sydney, Australia6 contributions1 helpful vote
Property's Favourite Review
We stayed here for one night and it exceeded expectations. The rooms were warm, clean and well equipped and the staff were very friendly. We sat outside in the beautiful gardens to have a drink in the late afternoon. The grounds are very well maintained and there was plenty of seating. We had both dinner and breakfast here and both were delicious and did not disappoint. The pub is just awesome with a great ambience. The roaring fires made it so cosy. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Response from Cardrona Hotel, Owner at Cardrona Hotel
Responded 1 May 2021
Hi Rebecca, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave this review. We are thrilled that you had such a wonderful, cosy time! We are so pleased you chose to stay with us, and we hope to see you again some time :) All the very best, CH
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carol j wrote a review 1 Oct
Palmerston North, New Zealand1669 contributions156 helpful votes
Fabulous hotel/restaurant awesome ambiance. Food selection is good and generous. I had southern fried chicken and it was succulent. One gripe- order taken at table and before my meal had arrived or before I could order a drink etc the waitress came over and wanted me to pay. WTF is up with that, so annoyed it left bad taste.very rude.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Response from Cardrona Hotel, Owner at Cardrona Hotel
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hi Carol, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us some feedback. We are so pleased you had an ambient experience and loved the fried chicken! Our normal procedure with ordering daytime food and drinks is for all orders to be taken and paid for at the bar, before then finding your seat. We have had to change a few processes in the short term to ensure we are complying with current covid level 2 restrictions, where patrons are expected to stay separate and seated. We are trying to navigate a difficult time and in no way mean to be rude we promise! We really appreciate you visiting us, All the very best, CH
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Lycan T wrote a review Aug 2021
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Outstanding! Great service! We booked dinner for my Partners birthday, just as lockdown was announced and despite the team being snowed under with guests and diners, Elaine remembered us and made sure we were looked after. We had Ribeeye steak and the Beef Wellington - 5*. Seriously delicious! We were attended to by 3 very professional and friendly waiters. The bar staff were great too. We hope to stay there as guests someday! Great work Team! We'll be back!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Cardrona Hotel, Owner at Cardrona Hotel
Responded 24 Aug 2021
Thank you so much for this wonderful review! We are overjoyed that you were pleased with our service, and very much appreciate your acknowledgement of the stress a lockdown announcement puts us under as a business. We are so pleased we were able to provide a nice birthday dinner for you all the same! We would absolutely love to host you as an overnight guest sometime in the future. We hope you are safe and sound with your family in the current lockdown circumstances. All the very best from us, and see you next time, CH
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Sapna D wrote a review Jul 2021
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I stayed at Cardrona hotel for 4 days. I have visited the restaurant in the summer before and always wanted to stay a winter. It was just a perfect place to explore ski fields around Wanaka. The rooms are simple but have character, the beds are super comfortable and the staff are lovely. There is an outdoor hot tup where you can take a drink to and relax your legs after a day on the slopes. It is definitely the place to be for Apres drinks and snacks. I was a bit worried that it would be a noisy location to get some rest but it quietens after 9 pm. I would recommend the rooms on the higher level that said I don't think you can really go wrong in this quaint setting.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Response from Cardrona Hotel, Owner at Cardrona Hotel
Responded 2 Aug 2021
Thank you so much for this delightful review. We are so pleased you had a great stay with us, and were able to do some exploring around our area! Until next time! Best wishes from us, CH
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cardrona Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Cardrona Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Snow Farm NZ (7.2 km), Cardrona Alpine Resort (4.4 km), and Back Country Saddles (1.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Cardrona Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Cardrona Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Cardrona Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Cardrona Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cardrona Hotel, Cardrona Valley General Store, and Cardona Food Truck Village.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Cardrona Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
Are there any historical sites close to Cardrona Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Arrowtown Chinese Settlement (15.0 km) and Macetown (13.5 km).
Does Cardrona Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Cardrona Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.