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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. Please note, from 3/12/2021 we will be observing the NZ Government mandated COVID-19 CVC guidelines, proof of vaccination will be required at our premises.
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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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English, French
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Ruth J wrote a review Jun 2021
28 contributions3 helpful votes
We had 2 nights here waiting for snow, which eventually came and closed the road! Lovely place to be stranded though, cosy roaring fires, friendly and welcoming staff, delicious food. Comfy room with French doors looking onto large garden with outdoor fireplace and glass houses for winter shelter . Breakfast and dinner beautifully presented and tasted great. Good local wine list. Riverside walk to the distillery and whisky/ gin tasting.
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Date of stay: June 2021
Response from Cardrona Hotel, Owner at Cardrona Hotel
Responded 30 Jun 2021
Hi Ruth, Thank you for taking the time to leave this review, we are very pleased you enjoyed a cosy stay with us. A very nice bonus that the snow arrived for you, it's just beautiful here at the moment! All the very best, CH
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Kylie K wrote a review May 2021
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Lovely welcoming staff; warm, clean and comfortable room opening onto garden, delicious food and one of the most iconic pubs in NZ. We will definitely be back. Would be the perfect spot to stay and relax after a day skiing. Make sure you walk the back road to the Cardrona distillery so you can both enjoy the whisky.
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Date of stay: May 2021
Response from Cardrona Hotel, Owner at Cardrona Hotel
Responded 16 May 2021
Hi Kylie, Thank you so much for this lovely review? We look forward to hosting you again (perhaps in ski season - as you are right, there is nothing like a post-ski mulled wine by the fire!) All the very best, CH
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Sarah W wrote a review Apr 2021
New Zealand64 contributions54 helpful votes
Staying here was one of the highlights of my recent trip. The staff are so welcoming and the building itself is fabulous - open fires with comfy couches, the smell of woodsmoke and historical artifacts all around, you get a real sense of history here. My room was fabulous, with French doors out onto a beautiful garden with an open fire and historic outbuildings. The room itself was extremely comfortable and it had the most beautiful scent - I'd love to know what it was. Dinner was amazing - one of the nicest burgers I've ever had, and fantastic wine too, with great service. Breakfast also great - so nice that a place offers a simple breakfast for a low price - toasted ciabatta and jam for just $8 that you can have by the fire - brilliant! I can't wait to come and stay here
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Date of stay: April 2021
Response from Cardrona Hotel, Owner at Cardrona Hotel
Responded 28 Apr 2021
Hi Sarah, Thank you so much for these lovely words - it sounds like you had a wonderful stay and we are thrilled about that, it really makes our day to hear that we have played a part in creating a memorable experience for our patrons and guests. I'm not sure I can put my finger on the room smell, but we do have a signature Cardrona Hotel Candle which we burn about the place in the hotel and gift shop - this could be part of it! All the very best Sarah - we hope to see you again in the future, CH
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overc1 wrote a review Apr 2021
Taupo, New Zealand48 contributions25 helpful votes
We had a very enjoyable two night stay at the Cardrona Hotel. We felt as if we were transported back to the mid 1800s. The rooms were small but rustic, cozy and warm. Check in was a little confusing as we entered through the bar but staff were great and very helpful. No luxury but everything you would expect from a room like this. The restaurant is great for breakfast and dinner and is located just next door. we enjoyed a glass of wine at the outdoor fire place in the evening, highly recommended. The hotel is in a great spot for day trips to Arrowtown or wanaka.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Response from Cardrona Hotel, Owner at Cardrona Hotel
Responded 26 Apr 2021
Thank you for this really lovely review. We are so very pleased you had a wonderful stay, and also enjoyed the restaurant/bar offerings. We hope to see you again some time in the future :) All the very best, CH
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Wayne'o wrote a review Apr 2021
2 contributions
it has everything you need for a great stay, food, beer, wine, garden bar, will say here again, we had a great time here, rooms were clean & tidy, just across the road from Cardona Distillery, well worth doing their tour and sampling their fine sprits
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Date of stay: March 2021
Response from Cardrona Hotel, Owner at Cardrona Hotel
Responded 11 Apr 2021
Hi, Thank you for this lovely review! We are very pleased you had a great stay with us, and we agree, Cardrona Distillery is definitely another great spot in the Cardrona Valley! Warmest of wishes, CH
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US$81 - US$134 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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