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2312 Cardrona Valley Road, Wanaka 9382 New Zealand
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#8 of 47 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
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English, French
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lisamarieauckland wrote a review Nov 2020
Glenfield, New Zealand261 contributions45 helpful votes
I've always wanted to visit the Cardrona Hotel, so thought we would stay here as part of my birthday road trip around the South Island. We had the Captains room in the hotel, which is more expensive than the others, but still good value we thought. The room was immaculate with a super comfy bed and great decor. The bar is cosy, and as a Brit, what I consider a proper pub. The garden is awesome and we enjoyed drinking by the open fire outside as the temperature cooled. We had dinner with two friends who were staying onsite in their campervan (this is allowed if you spend money in the bar or restaurant). The food was absolutely exceptional. Three of us had the Beef Wellington and agreed it was the best we'd ever had. If you come here and this is on the menu, do
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Date of stay: October 2020
Response from Cardrona Hotel, Owner at Cardrona Hotel
Responded 4 Nov 2020
Hi Lisa, It was a pleasure to have you all stay with us! Thank you for your review, we are so pleased that you had a fabulous time here. The team looks forward to having you back in ski season! Warmest wishes, CH
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dibbydoo wrote a review Nov 2020
Timaru, New Zealand134 contributions10 helpful votes
On my bucket list for approx 30 years to spend a night. Sadly have mixed feelings about it. Staff were welcoming and friendly. Very quirky pub with an enormous amount of history contained. Loved the schist and authentic fittings. Lots of areas to sit, Stand or lounge around. Lovely in front of open fire despite it being smokey at times. Check in from 2pm so sat in garden having a drink as we were early. Finally got into our room at 2.40 and they were still cleaning rooms. Room had lovely fragrance from a deodoriser. Furniture looked tired with obvious dents and staining worn. Very old "square box". TV. No fridge. Bed too firm for our liking but room was warm. Shower was dump head with single taps which took some work to get right temp. Walls paper thin so little sleep. Could
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Date of stay: November 2020
1 Helpful vote
Response from Cardrona Hotel, Owner at Cardrona Hotel
Responded 8 Nov 2020
Thank you for taking the time to post this review. We’re so pleased you enjoyed the character and atmosphere of our historic pub and had a pleasant stay. We appreciate your feedback about the rooms, some of our rooms are set for refurbishment shortly. Our evening meals are designed to be accompanied by shared plates and sides of vegetables, our apologies if this wasn’t communicated clearly by our waitstaff. It was a pleasure to have you stay with us and we do hope to see you again. Kind regards, CH.
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Deb C wrote a review Oct 2020
176 contributions17 helpful votes
Lovely ambience. Nice surroundings and friendly staff. Managed a busy lunch time well though we did get ours lost lol. But no biggie . Fabulous soup and lots of good photo opportunities. Def be back next trip
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Date of stay: October 2020
Jax wrote a review Oct 2020
Opotiki, New Zealand574 contributions56 helpful votes
A must visit if you’re staying in Wanaka or Queenstown. Such a cute and quaint pub & hotel in an amazing setting. The grounds are just lovely and inside is super cozy for the colder winter weather. Drinks are very well priced (decent wine pours) and a good selection. Great pub style menu, good quality food for the price & plentiful servings.
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Date of stay: October 2020
1 Helpful vote
Zoe B wrote a review Oct 2020
Halswell, New Zealand3 contributions
Amazing lunch, great outdoor area, and atmosphere, friendly staff! Definitely worth a stop on the way through and only a 45 minute drive from Queenstown. We will be back! Highly recommend the frickles!
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Date of stay: October 2020
TrenaWgh wrote a review Oct 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand15 contributions1 helpful vote
This lovely little Hotel is just perfect in every way. Such a super chill place to stay. Rooms are lovely and cozy . Restaurant is superb! We had dinner and breakfast both of which the food was amazing! Highly recommended !
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Date of stay: October 2020
Alysha T wrote a review Oct 2020
Richmond, New Zealand4 contributions
Family of 8 plus one when for lunch. Loved the chilled atmosphere and the food was great. Big meals, every one left stuffed. Fire inside and out was really nice in the colder weather. Will plan to come back and stay sometime as well.
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Date of stay: October 2020
Noel & Kylie wrote a review Oct 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand12 contributions2 helpful votes
Our South Island "roadie" was to include a night in Wanaka but fortunately I won the "discussion" and got to choose our accommodation. We have passed the Cardrona Hotel before and stopped for a drink or snack whilst on motorcycle tours. A great historic hotel that was busy. Despite this we had excellent service from the barman from Tokoroa and we booked for dinner. A stunning meal with similar service before finishing our bottle of wine on the leather couch watching the open fire. An outdoor hot tub was enjoyed before retiring to our room. We definitely recommend the Captains room (22) which is cosy and stylish. The grounds are lovely with an outside roaring fire and this place has a great atmosphere.
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Date of stay: October 2020
travelnat78 wrote a review Sep 2020
Auckland, New Zealand150 contributions74 helpful votes
We had planned to spend a 50th birthday here with the family so had a room for the night so we could enjoy a few drinks without having to drive. Sadly Covid changed that plan but we kept our room. The room was a small queen so it wasn’t a room I’d spend a lot of time in but it was comfy with a retro tv, good linen, toiletries and own bathroom. I was worried about it being noisy at night but it was warm, quiet and like staying in a country home. Staying over you get to see a different side of the place to just the usual beer at the pub. It is beautiful at night and in the morning the birds sing. Food is outstanding! Had the best beef Wellington of my life there. Service amazing, comfy stay, perfect stopover for us
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Date of stay: September 2020
2 Helpful votes
TheMace5 wrote a review Sep 2020
Wellington, New Zealand16 contributions
We stopped in at the restaurant for lunch after spending the morning at Snow Farm. It had a good selection of food and wine. Staff were friendly. It had a lovely, cosy atmosphere with the fire going..
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Date of stay: September 2020
US$87 - US$139 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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