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5.0 out of 5

"Absolutely beautifully furnished and comfortable home. Such a delightful stay. " More

By a verified traveller on Thu 25 Jul 2019

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Hotel Description

A luxury stay in Cardrona awaits you at Waiorau Homestead. Within steps you'll find Crown Range and Cardrona Distillery within a 15-minute stroll. Highlights at this ski B&B include free cooked-to-order breakfast, an outdoor swimming pool, and free self parking.

All 3 soundproofed rooms feature TVs with digital channels, and you can enjoy washers/dryers, free WiFi, and furnished balconies or patios. Nice touches to enhance your stay include bathrobes and slippers, while pillowtop beds and premium bedding invite a good night's rest. Living rooms, dining areas, and DVD players are also available.

This bed & breakfast offers free WiFi in public areas, a library, and a terrace. Additionally, you'll find a free manager's reception, a spa tub, and coffee/tea in a common area. Each morning free breakfast is served. There's also the convenience of an airport shuttle.

With a stay at this 4.5-star Cardrona B&B, you'll be 8.6 km (5.3 mi) from Cardrona Alpine Resort and 33.3 km (20.7 mi) from Gibbston Valley Winery.

Superior Quadruple Room, 1 Bedroom, Private Bathroom, Garden View (Harakeke - King & Single)

Bed Count room.options.bedSize.TwinXLBed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
NZ$223* Per night/room 14 Jul. - 15 Jul.

Superior Double Room, 1 Queen Bed, Balcony, Mountain View (Kahurangi Room - Queen)

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Superior Double Room, 1 Queen Bed, Balcony, Garden View (Hukapapa Room - Queen)

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Waiorau Homestead ratings based on 21 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
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Room cleanliness 5.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 5.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 5.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 5.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Waiorau Homestead

Everyone (8) Couples (6) Family (7)
5 out of 5
Absolutely beautifully furnished and comfortable home. Such a delightful stay.

Posted by on 25 Jul. 2019

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5 out of 5
Beautiful accommodation with great, friendly owners!

Posted by on 30 Jan. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

20 Feb. 2019 by A & B

Dear Guest. thank you very much for your positive feedback. Love to see you back some time.

5 out of 5
Lovely escape in the beautiful hill country outside Queenstown!

Posted by on 6 Dec. 2018

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5 out of 5

Beautiful homestead in a fantastic location.

The homestead was beautiful - really tastefully furnished and in a lovely peaceful location with amazing views. The hosts were incredibly welcoming and accommodating - nothing was too much trouble. The breakfast was fantastic - loads of choice! The room was really comfortable with plenty of space and a fantastic bathroom.

Posted by , from Australia on 3 Feb. 2018

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5 out of 5


fantastic accommodation. Ann and Blyth were so accommodating and made me and my daughter feel very welcome. The food was second to none and we didn't want to leave!!!

Posted by , from Manly on 30 Sep. 2017

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5 out of 5

Outstanding Hospitality

Our hosts Re-Definr hospitality. They take it to a new level. Our rooms were wonderfully appointed and warm (the polar blast struck whilst with them). A top restaurant quality meal for 6 was hosted and cooked by Blyth. Sensational! Picture post card pretty location, around the corner to entry to Cardrona ski restore. Outstanding on all levels. Highly recommended. We will be back. Family of 5 with adult children.

Posted by on 14 Jul. 2017

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5 out of 5

Warm and inviting

Lovely home, great location , the perfect stay and very welcoming

Posted by on 22 Jan. 2017

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5 out of 5
Very beautiful B&B at Cardrona , which is between Wanaka and Queenstown . Ann and Blythe have done their best to make their guests feel comfortable like home . Highly recommend .

Posted by , from Sydney on 2 Oct. 2016

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5 out of 5

The Jones' Ski trip 2015!

Pros: It's location for us was very important as its only 20 mins from the base Carpark for us to ski, the cosy ness of the rooms and open fire every night!
Location: Cardrona Valley has one of the oldest Hotels in NZ which is superb for drinks, meals, the Ski field is just up the mountain, Wanaka is 20 mins away..!
Fantastic Homestead in the Cardrona Valley, hosts were superb with all requests catered for without any hestiations, facilities superb, food fantastic and grounds to wander around in just as good.

Posted by , from Perth. WA on 25 Aug. 2015

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5 out of 5
Pros: Atmosphere, hosts, home made breakfast, hot tub, and just at the base of the mt to the slopes
Cons: Nothing
sheep farm nearby, not far from a superb pub and lake wanaka

Posted by , from Australia - NSW - Sydney on 7 Oct. 2014

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Property Features

After a day on the snow, enjoy a relaxing soak in the spa tub and an invigorating swim in the outdoor swimming pool. This bed & breakfast's ski shuttle (surcharge) will get you to the slopes in no time. Free breakfast is served daily, and guests can also enjoy a free nightly manager's reception. Public spaces have free WiFi. Self parking is free. A complete renovation of Waiorau Homestead was completed in August 2014. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 4.5-star Cardrona bed & breakfast.

  • 1 building
  • 1 floor
  • 3 guestrooms or units
  • Built in 1928
  • Cooked-to-order breakfast (free)
  • Manager's reception (free)
  • Ski equipment storage
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Self-service laundry
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Wedding services available
  • Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Television in lobby
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Outdoor pool
  • Number of living rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Laundry facilities
  • Separate dining area
  • Washer/dryer
  • DVD player


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Airport: Queenstown Intl. Airport (ZQN) (40 km / 24.9 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Airport shuttle, area shuttle within 30 km, and ski shuttle available for a surcharge
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Waiorau Homestead offers 3 accommodations with washers/dryers and DVD players. Rooms open to furnished balconies or patios. These individually decorated and furnished accommodations have separate living rooms. Pillowtop beds feature Egyptian cotton sheets, down comforters, and premium bedding. Premium digital television is provided. Bathrooms include bathrobes, slippers, designer toiletries, and complimentary toiletries. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include safes; local and long-distance calls are complimentary (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include complimentary bottled water and hair dryers. Hypo-allergenic bedding and irons/ironing boards can be requested. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Washer and dryer
  • Private balcony or patio (furnished)
  • Separate bedroom
  • Dining room
  • Living room
  • Pillowtop beds
  • HD television
  • Digital channels
  • Premium channels
  • DVD player
  • Egyptian cotton linens
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Down blanket
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Long distance calls (free)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • Designer toiletries
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Blackout drapes
  • Sound-insulated rooms
  • Unique furnishings
  • Unique decor

Food & Drink

Guests are served free cooked-to-order breakfast daily from 6:30 AM to 9 AM. The bed & breakfast hosts a free manager's reception daily.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3:30 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 8 PM

Special check-in instructions:

There is no front desk at this property. This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in. Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions. Guests can access their accommodation through a private entrance.

This property does not have a front desk. This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in. Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in information. Guests can access their accommodation through a private entrance.


  • Check-out by 10:30 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 2 children stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for NZD 50.0 per night.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available for NZD 20.0 per day.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property accepts credit cards. For guests' safety, the property includes a smoke detector in each accommodation. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F. Social distancing measures are in place; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions. Contactless check-out is available.

  • No lifts
  • Number of children who can stay for free – 2
  • Private entrance
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff do not wear personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is not available for guests
  • No shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitiser
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is not available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually wrapped food options are not available
  • No gap period between guests' stays
  • Staff temperature checks are not conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are not available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available
  • Property does not follow sanitisation practices of any association
  • Guest accommodation is not sealed after cleaning
  • Electrostatic spray is not used for disinfection
  • Cashless transactions are available
  • Masks are not compulsory at the property
  • Contactless food service / room service is not available
  • Reservation is not required for facilities on site
  • Mobile key entry is not available
  • Food service not has not been amended for enhanced safety


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Airport shuttle fee: NZD 35 per person (one way)
  • Airport shuttle fee per child: NZD 20.00 (one-way), (from 5 to 12 years old)
  • Crib (infant bed) fee: NZD 20.0 per day
  • Rollaway bed fee: NZD 50.0 per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Waiorau
  • Waiorau Homestead
  • Waiorau Homestead Cardrona
  • Waiorau Homestead B&B Wanaka
  • Waiorau Homestead Wanaka
  • Waiorau Homestead B&B Cardrona
  • Waiorau Homestead Cardrona
  • Waiorau Homestead Bed & breakfast
  • Waiorau Homestead Bed & breakfast Cardrona

You should know

  • Waiorau Homestead offers transfers from the airport (fees may apply). Please contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation with your arrival details prior to travel.

National Rating

This property does not have a Qualmark® rating. For the benefit of our customers, we have provided a rating based on our rating system.

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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.