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Tiritiri Lodge

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An alpine retreat of elegant design with superb views of the world's most unspoilt lake and mountain environment. Tiritiri Lodge Courtyard House offers a self contained rental home sleeping 6 people in 3 bedrooms with stunning views and a beautiful garden. Free wi-fi. Walk in the mountains of Mt Aspiring National Park, enjoy world renowned fly fishing, visit the great wineries of Central Otago. Self catering .Private chef available if required.
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matandcinta wrote a review Aug 2017
Sydney7 contributions1 helpful vote
We rented Tiri Tiri because the photos looked amazing, also it was listed as a luxury property. We were looking forward to it the most but It turned out to be our biggest disappointment!!! We arrived to a piece of paper stuck on the front door which said "Welcome, instructions are on the dining table". This was literally the ONLY communication we received from the owners the whole time. We walked in and the smell hit us immediately. It was foul like a fake tan, overheated mouldy kind of odour. We ended up going to buy candles to mask the smell. We also had to leave all the doors open which made life difficult when we had a 5 and 2 yo and a pond outside. Not to mention the temperature of 3-5degrees outside. The instructions were completely non existent. There was nothing on the dining table. No folder, no paper nothing. We had no idea how to use heating, TVs, satellite TV, where bins were etc it was a joke. I looked around for my cot for my son which I had asked for, again there was nothing. This sent us into panic stations a little bit as I needed a bed for our son. I rang, emailed, knocked on the door, then did it all again. Not a single response. Honestly- your guest writes an email asking for details on where the portacot is for a baby........ you would think you'd give a response and perhaps teeny tiny apology? After a few hours of looking everywhere, I started to poke my nose in the cupboards that said "private" and found piles of blankets unfolded just thrown on top of each other in balls, with a vacuum cleaner thrown on top. I started to rummage through and eventually found a portacot. There was also an extra cot mattresses but I'll be honest I didn't use it because once I saw the cleanliness standard in this cupboard I decided against it. The kitchen wasn't clean, dishes in the dishwasher was a great welcome. The pantry had crusty out of date products that I would not touch. It was disgusting The sauna outside didn't work. I'd hazard a guess this had been the case for a while by the look of the piece of paper stuck on the wall. Showers weren't great either. Plus Hot water takes five minutes of running before it starts to warm. A few other basic things that didn't work - DVD Player in lounge - Fireplace - TV in main bedroom couldn't get channels of any kin - Locks in door in upstairs balcony Heaters were all timed for the day. But turned off at night. Which seems fine for everyone with an electric blanket, but when my 2yo is in a cot, in a 11 degree room I'd really like an option to turn the heater on. We had to pile rubbish out the front door for our whole stay because we couldn't find bins. Eventually the morning we left we did a big search and found them tucked in the garage and not empty. Overall , this place gives the impression that the owners stopped caring a really long time ago. A week later and they still haven't responded to my email. I know they were home as cars were there, lights were on etc they just didn't care. They should be embarrassed about how they manage this place - I paid half as much elsewhere in NZ and was given much better facilities, cleanliness and service than they offer. If you don't have the time or care just stop offering this place to the public, or at least stop charging through the nose. Do not stay here, please. You will be disappointed.
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Date of stay: August 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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VandEm59 wrote a review Feb 2017
Sydney, Australia73 contributions75 helpful votes
Tiritiri Lodge was advertised as a luxury property and this was what we expected. This holiday was a special treat and we wanted accommodation to suit the occasion. Unfortunately, nothing here is luxurious. Best and worst about the accommodation. Best: Great views from the upstairs bedroom. Comfortable king bed. Spacious house. Quiet location. Worst: The owners' house looks into your house, so you feel like there is no privacy. The blinds need to stay permanently closed on one side or you feel someone's looking in. Forget about using the spa and outside areas if you value time on your own. On arrival, the kitchen smelt of meaty cooking smells and needed airing. It took at least 2 days to clear the odour. Getting your luggage from the garage involves quite a walk over a rough surface. When we reached the property, we were told quite abruptly not to park closer, but the access to your house is up the owners' driveway. The kitchen is downstairs and is not set up very well. You get a bench to sit on, the dining area is small and there is little kitchen space either. There were no salad bowls, no serving bowls, few utensils, no tea towels and we had to purchase a knife to cut bread, as those provided were so blunt. The pantry had a few basic supplies but many of these were out-of-date items. Written instructions told us to place our garbage in bins in the garage, which we did. These bins were full to overflowing and clearly hadn't been emptied for some time. A bad look! There was a general feeling of meanness. The downstairs bathroom did not have a hand towel (apparently we weren't supposed to use it) toilet paper was in limited supply, there were no spare towels ( we needed a second bath mat after the shower flooded, which it did after every use), the cheap toiletries provided were in bottles only a quarter full. The lounge furniture was uncomfortable. The "little things" were not thought of and there was no attention to detail. The upstairs bathroom: The shower leaked everywhere because the drain is not long enough. The drain was also quite dirty. Simple design problems caused discomfort. There were not enough towels to mop up the water, we had to try and dry the towels on the balcony. All towels seemed to be removed from the cupboard downstairs. Does this sound like "luxury" yet? This isn't a "luxury lodge". Rather, it is a fairly basic house to rent, with views from upstairs. Our first impressions were that we had made a mistake. We also did not receive a warm welcome; the owners showed little interest in us for the duration of our stay. This wasn't a great concern, but given how close they were, it would have been more comfortable if they'd been approachable and welcoming. Any business involved in the service industry should know the importance of a genuine welcome and farewell to their customers. If we had not been lead to expect a luxurious property, it would have been more acceptable. Overall though, this property is very underwhelming.
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Date of stay: February 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Sur NAPA wrote a review Oct 2016
St. Helena, California154 contributions114 helpful votes
Don't believe everything you see on the web. We love Wanaka and have always very much enjoyed the Wharekea which we believe was one of the truly best lodges in the whole country. When they stopped accepting individuals (you need to book the whole lodge) we scrambled to find another great place. Google led us to Tiritiri. It bills itself as a luxury rental property. It is a house. Very beautiful in a good location with great views from the upstairs bedroom. That is where is all stops. I had to ask for a bar of soap. There was no shampoo or conditioner but I jar of some green liquid soap. We were there three nights. No maid service. Make your own bed. Keep your towels. Even the towels from the other rooms had been removed. The dryer did not work. Be very careful what you think you are getting. If you want a bare bones nice house good - anything more -NO!
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Date of stay: October 2016
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Room Tip: Don't good if you are looking for a real New Zealand luxury lodge.
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Response from stephanie p, Owner at Tiritiri Lodge
Responded 4 May 2017
Thank you for your review. Unfortunately there was a misunderstanding about the nature of the property as we have not operated as a luxury lodge for several years after my partner broke his neck skiing. The Courtyard House is now operating as a short term self catering holiday rental. Daily cleaning is not provided. We sincerely regret that your expectations were not met.
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Jackie_Oliveros wrote a review Jan 2016
Copenhagen, Denmark191 contributions13 helpful votes
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This is the most amazing place we stayed at during our stay in in New Zealand. We stayed here prior to our small wedding and it was the best decision ever!Tiritiri Lodge is absolutely beautiful and the most relaxing place we've ever been! We had long sleep and relaxing afternoon just hanging out in this spacious and comfortable lodge. In the mornings we went out for a run along the lake which is literally 2minutes away from the lodge. It's so relaxing! There are also bike paths if you want to do mountain biking. Since Tiffany is a chef we also asked her to cater for our small wedding. The food that Tiffany catered for our small wedding is to die for! They were very delicious! And the desserts were heavenly. I tell you, she's very very good. She know's exactly what we wanted. We were quite sad leaving the place as we felt like it was a home more than just a temporary place to stay at. We would love to comeback here in the future. The only downside is that if you dont have a car the place is perhaps a bit far to walk to the main town, You could walk but a little bit far. But I am sure they have bike that you can borrow and since we do not have car we contacted Wana-Taxi who are the most reliable taxi service you can hire. The taxi is 15NZD from town to the lodge and from lodge to town its 20NZD. Otherwise everything is amazing! The view is absolutely beautiful from our lodge!
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Date of stay: January 2016
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Aaronmcdnz wrote a review Aug 2013
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Tiritiri lodge is a magical spot with an excellent level of service amazing food and fantastic location. Steph and Denis go all out to make your stay as good as it can could be. The spa is especially good after a hard day at the mountains.
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Date of stay: September 2012
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JToddWheeler wrote a review May 2013
Atlanta, Georgia201 contributions112 helpful votes
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This is a charming property with owners with interesting and sophisticated tastes and backgrounds. Conversation is easy, hosts are friendly, and food is divine. Their daughter is the resident chef and prepares exquisite evening meals and breakfasts. They ask if you have any food sensitivities or adversities, which is very nice. The rooms were nice and well appointed. More than likely, though, you are here to look at the surrounding areas...and they are GORGEOUS. It isn't precisely on the lake, but is on a hill where the lake can be seen. The grounds are well kept and well manicured. The lake is a short walk (about 5 minutes). The surrounding community is quiet and we never saw another car while we were there. Parking is obviously free and on-site. Wifi is available. The toiletries are from a manufacturer in New Zealand called Linden Leaves, and are available for purchase online in the US. The Rosemary shampoo smells amazing and the fig licorice lotion is moisturizing without creating an oily feeling. You can opt to have as much or as little interaction with your hosts as you please. We spent a great deal of our time in the nearby city (about 3 miles to city center) and exploring the surrounding areas. The hosts are VERY good about arranging excursions for you and went well beyond expectations. At the time there were no other guests there, so I cannot comment on any noise coming from other surrounding suites, but would take the one outlying negative comment here with a grain of salt, as it appears there may have been communication barriers that prevented them from enjoying their stay. At any rate, it is a place I would return to in a moment. We got here by flying into Queenstown and renting a car and driving to the lodge. The drive there is scenic and spectacular. You'll definitely want to plan to make multiple stops along the way in nice weather for photographs!
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Date of stay: August 2012
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Bullbuck wrote a review Apr 2013
Lakebay, Washington19 contributions3 helpful votes
This Lodge has it all. Friendly people, outstanding food ( actually better than outstanding), comfortable beds, great location, fabulous views. The spaces for guests are large, tasteful and thoughtful. The lodge was designed for beauty and comfort. Stefanie and Denis are generous with everything, truly gifted in hospitality. I'd go back in a heartbeat.
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Date of stay: April 2013
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teachers_on_tour wrote a review Apr 2013
Sydney, Australia165 contributions139 helpful votes
This is the kind of place you'd like to live in. It is a fairly intimate experience - if you like to be completely independent it isn't for you. But the hosts are friendly but not overbearing - in short, they get it right. Very stylish accommodations: modern, spotless and comfortable. Drinks and canapes and breakfast included; dinner is extra. We didn't eat here, as my husband has some dietary restrictions, but next time we will with notice. We were given excellent recommendations for dining in town. My only criticism, and it's minor, is that you're in suburbia. The other lodges we stayed in were more remote, and that's what we prefer. Mind you, it's very nice suburbia, and once you close the door it doesn't matter, but if this were located 5km up the road it would be completely fantastic. We would definitely go back.
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Date of stay: January 2013
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Narp35 wrote a review Mar 2013
Sydney, Australia59 contributions33 helpful votes
Lovely modern lodge located out in the residential area of Wanaka. Stephanie and Denis the owners welcomed us warmly and greeted us with cake, wine and beer. We also had the dinner which was excellently prepared and cooked by Tiff. Rooms had fantastic views and beds where lovely and comfortable. Would highly recommend, especially having the dinner with matching NZ wines. Breakfast and the pre dinner canapes where also excellent.
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Date of stay: March 2013
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Mandy K wrote a review Feb 2013
London, United Kingdom9 contributions8 helpful votes
Tiritiri Lodge is an absolute gem of a place to stay. Dennis, Steph and Tiff are wonderful hosts and I received a very warm welcome accompanied by a lovely cold beer and cake! The Lodge has been stunningly and thoughtfully designed and my room had the most extraordinary view across Wanaka lake. Tiff is a great cook, so opt for an evening meal with them if you can - in fact, insist on an evening meal during your stay! This place is classy and a haven of tranquility. I hugely enjoyed the hospitality and generosity of the owners, who couldn't have been more helpful or entertaining. Don't bother going anywhere else in Wanaka!
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Date of stay: February 2013Trip type: Travelled solo
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