Waitaki Braids Lodge
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Waitaki Braids Lodge

61 Bledisloe Street, Kurow 9435 New Zealand
Waitaki Braids Lodge
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4.5
#1 of 1 lodge in Kurow
4.9 of 5 bubbles
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.4 of 5 bubbles
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Cafe and restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating and on site accomidation including 7 rooms with ensuite.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Restaurant
Sun deck
Sun terrace
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Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
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Quaint

Location

61 Bledisloe Street, Kurow 9435 New Zealand
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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John T wrote a review Mar 2020
Auckland, New Zealand102 contributions34 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The 10 of us on the Alps to Oceans bike trip stayed at the Lodge overnite . The rooms are superb , generous in size with great onsuites and a sunny sitting area . We had drinks at 5 pm , an amazing home cooked dinner in the evening with a good breakfast the next morning ... and a great packed lunch to take with us ! We will be back !
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Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Kate White, Owner at Waitaki Braids Lodge
Responded 18 Mar 2020
John T thank you we all remember your group and how lovely you all were and we would love to have you back anytime. Thanks Again.
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TimAkston wrote a review Feb 2021
Hamilton, New Zealand14 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A unique format. Cafe and dining room in the front of a stylishly renovated historical stock and station agents premises, and modern and comfortable rooms in back. We enjoyed a delicious set menu meal which is served communally.
If you want the Hilton - wrong place. Operated by the owners, it is the small staff that make the place unique. They are all first rate people and make you feel at home from the moment you arrive. Not many businesses can get all the ducks lined up - stylish building and outdoor area, food, social environment and great service. Kate and her crew do, our thanks to all of you.
Tim, Sue.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Kate White, Owner at Waitaki Braids Lodge
Responded 27 Feb 2021
Tim and Sue thank you for you kind words, we try hard and its guests like yourselves that are our reward. I hope you enjoyed your ride to Duntroon and then on to Oamaru. Go safe back home. Kate
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Explorer796370 wrote a review Feb 2021
13 contributions14 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This cafe was wonderful and I wish I knew it existed before arriving in Kurow as I am sure the accommodation is equally as nice.

To find a cafe this upmarket in a small town like Kurow was refreshing, the town has not a lot going for it other than this place.

Brunch was wonderful, coffee delicious and the staff just darling - I am sad this place is so far away and in a location I have no real desire to visit again because if Waitaki Braids was closer it would definitely become a local stop in.

I wish this business all the success and if you are in kurow this is the place you want to be.
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Date of stay: February 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Linda H wrote a review Mar 2020
Nelson, New Zealand24 contributions7 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked 2 rooms at Waitaki Braids Lodge NZ$180 each for March 2020 and were told we were lucky as that was the only place left in Kurow with a vacancy. 2 months later the owner emailed to say she had changed our booking to a lovely house with 3bdr, 2 of which had ensuites but it would cost NZ$420 total. We agreed as we were on a biking trip and thought we would spoil ourselves in the middle of our trip. On arrival that house was being used so she'd booked us another one! Same price. We arrived to an unlocked, barn converted, spacious house, we unpacked and made a cup of tea - no rubbish bin for the tea bag! Not even outside. Then alarm bells rang and we inspected house closer - No TV, No Wifi, No Ensuites. We had booked at Waitaki Braids for dinner and on leaving the house discovered we couldn't lock the door. We enjoyed a lovely meal and discussed our dissatisfaction with accommodation but were met with an icy stare and told that was the price and there wasn't another bed in Kurow which we discovered later to be a LIE! A lady at another cafe told us this was utter rubbish and she personally knew of 2 other places. I have emailed Kate White (owner of Waitaki Braids) twice and had no response despite advising her I was going to be leaving reviews with Trip Advisor..
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Date of stay: March 2020
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Don't go to Kate White at Waitaki Braids in Kurow
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Response from Kate White, Owner at Waitaki Braids Lodge
Responded 9 Dec 2020
Sometimes there is no pleasing some people. This English couple were accompanied by another Nelson couple the husband of whom phoned me in October asking me to help him with accommodation for a particular date in March. as he was desperate. I explained that I had nothing available and in fact the date was the busiest date for the year on the Alps to Ocean trail, but he begged and I said I would do my best to help. Eventually the neighbour to our Waitaki Braids holiday home agreed to help and rent her place but she did explain that the house was on the market. As fate would have it the house sold and the takeover date was the date that these clients were to stay - in good faith the new owners agreed to let Linda H and her husband and the other couple stay in their new house. I might add here that the house reached the top price in the district for the year - it is an extremely nice house and came furnished but it was missing a microwave! In order to make the stay more enjoyable we purchased new pillows, topper pads and duvets and a hair dryer for the bathroom. Linda H arrived at 10am and when we saw her wandering on the street I asked if she would like the keys and allowed them to check in early. I went round and delivered fresh milk and then phoned later in the day to make sure all was good and they were happy. Later they called to ask about dinner but they did not want to pay our set menu so we made a one off exception and made the meal $15 per head cheaper. When they came up to pay for the meal and were asked to pay for their rooms they began asking for a reduction in the price which they had known for 6 months, the restaurant was full with people and Linda became very argumentative much to the embarrassment of the other couple. When we arrived the next day the house was a mess and the beds in all three bedrooms had been slept in when only two rooms were paid for! Since this incident I have had two emails from Linda threatening to try and destroy my business - I will leave it up to the reader to decide on this review in context with the other reviews we have.
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AucklandTraveller wrote a review Dec 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand90 contributions41 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We were greeted with a plate of scones and tea. Great after a day’s cycling. Dinner was delicious - merino lamb and lots of vegetables. Breakfast was stewed fruit, porridge and toast and we had to pay extra for a coffee. Be sure to do a wine tasting at The Vintners Drop which is 200 metres down the road on the right.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Kate White, Owner at Waitaki Braids Lodge
Responded 9 Dec 2020
Thank you for your review and glad you found our rooms spotlessly clean and enjoyed the free afternoon tea. I must correct you the lamb was not Merino it was Southland lamb. Dinner was a pickled beet, walnut, blue cheese, mesculun salad served with a quince dressing. The main was Southland lamb with an Israeli aromatic couscous, miso roasted broccoli and asparagus served with salsa verde and red pepper sauce. Dessert was a four layered Lemon and poppy seed cake to celebrate the birthday of another patron. Breakfast was "Posh" porridge served with a selection of locally grown organic fruits including rhubarb, black peaches and local apricots, yogurt, crumble, organic maple syrup, cream, brown sugar, butterscotch sauce and a selection of different toasts and at least 8 spreads, including homemade raspberry jam, homemade marmalade and local honey. x. We have free tea and coffee available to patrons 24 hours a day, it is normal practice that barista coffee is paid for at any hotel or restaurant. I gather from the cycle company you booked with that you were on a "luxury" tour and they have agreed that in future barista they will pay for barista coffee for clients on these tours along with a cooked breakfast on top of what we already supply. In light of this I have given your friends Marian and Christopher who stayed with us last night $30 to cover your coffees and the egg on toast. When your next in Kurow be sure to visit some of the other wineries including River T where they sell ALL the wines produced in this region. We at Waitaki Braids do not have the space hold every wine from this area and so we choose to sell the wines of the producers who make us part of their wine family this includes, Valli, Bobbing Creek, Forrest, Tatty Bogler, Dragon Bones and River T - a great bunch of producers.
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Bubbles111 wrote a review Mar 2023
Tauranga, New Zealand10 contributions1 helpful vote
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Cute place but not ideal when coming in off A2O if it’s been raining as rooms are very small and boutique and nowhere to put wet clothes for example. Probably a better place to stay if you’re wanting a boutique drive holiday. A little overpriced for what you get (room only) - dinner extra (dinner was nice but unfortunately not as nice as what the reviews were stating), continental breakfast also extra cost so ended up being quite an expensive stay unfortunately. Would I stay again…. No.
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Date of stay: January 2023
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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katmarmey wrote a review Jan 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
From the minute we arrived at the Waitaki Braids Lodge nothing was too much trouble. Fabulous accommodation (the most comfortable bed), super helpful staff and outstanding food.

Daniel - you are an absolute treasure. Thank you!
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Date of stay: January 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Kate White, Owner at Waitaki Braids Lodge
Responded 27 Jan 2021
Thank you Kate you have made our week xx Yes Daniel is an absolute treasure we love him.
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Andrew F wrote a review Mar 2022
New Zealand10 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have been riding the Alps to Ocean biking track and have found this to be the best accommodation and food on the whole trip. The rooms were beautifully finished and quiet. Kate and her team were great hosts. Thanks.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Sharpeze wrote a review Jan 2020
Dunedin, New Zealand334 contributions143 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A family stop over on our way home from camping. Able to cater for my GF family. Very tasty and delicious lunch was had by 4 adults and 2 small children. I had the Asian Dumplings and hubby had the Steak Sandwich with Rye Bread. Both delicious. Bonus that we could sit outside and the kids were entertained by playing with the croquet clubs and balls on the nice flat lawn on which they also run up & down. Friendly staff & very busy and popular while we were there.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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ballyjune wrote a review Jan 2022
Auckland Central, New Zealand26 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I cannot say enough good things about this place and the people.
It was a wet day when we arrived and they allowed us to check in early so our little one could have a nap. We were treated to fresh scones for afternoon tea and the ability to make our own tea/coffee. The rooms were lovely. I'm very particular about beds and these were very supportive. The best night's sleep we had on our trip. The stone walls are beautiful and the rooms were lovely.
If staying longer and wanting a sleep in maybe bring an eye mask as there are no thick curtains to block out the light.
Dinner was a fabulous lamb pasta (I'm not usually a big fan of lamb but this was yum and perfect for the wet evening). Kate made every effort to make us and our children welcome and catered for. Breakfast included stewed rhubarb which reminded me of my granny in Ireland.
We loved it so much we came back for lunch on our way home.
Thank you for everything and best wishes
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Date of stay: January 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Kate White, Owner at Waitaki Braids Lodge
Responded 26 Jan 2022
Oh we love guests like you, we try so hard here and a review like this not only makes our day it makes our week. Thank you for taking the time to write about us, all the best Kate, Daniel and Odelle xxx
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Prospector1 wrote a tip Mar 2023
Northern Ireland243 contributions241 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Very popular spot for cyclists so you may need to book well in advance."
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TheTouringWineLover wrote a tip Feb 2023
Melbourne, Australia136 contributions52 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Make sure to book in advance."
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wideworld1928 wrote a tip Sept 2020
Auckland, New Zealand15 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Would recommend a room on the lawn side facing the sun - we stayed in Awakino."
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Linda H wrote a tip Mar 2020
Nelson, New Zealand24 contributions7 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't go to Kate White at Waitaki Braids in Kurow"
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Narziss wrote a tip Mar 2020
Auckland, New Zealand957 contributions267 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We had a room which opened on to the drive which made it easy to load and unload our bikes"
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PRICE RANGE
$264 - $269 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandCanterbury RegionKurow
NUMBER OF ROOMS
7
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Which popular attractions are close to Waitaki Braids Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Kurow Museum and Information Centre (0.03 km) and Valli Wine Bar and Tasting Room (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Waitaki Braids Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Waitaki Braids Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Waitaki Braids Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Waitaki Braids Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Kurow Hotel, Waitaki Braids Coffee House And Cafe, and Feliz and Sage Cafe & Gifts.
Is Waitaki Braids Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 km away from the centre of Kurow.