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“Idilic Riverside Retreat”

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Riversong Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #22 of 52 Wanaka B&B and Inns
Queenstown, New Zealand
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3 reviews
“Idilic Riverside Retreat”
Reviewed 16 March 2012

We stayed for two nights during March 2012 for the Wanaka A&P Show.
What a welcome respite from the hussle and bustle of the showgrounds.
Easy to find and the view and tranquility of our upstairs room was gorgeous - and thats coming from a NZ'er that lives in Queenstown! Beautifully situated right beside the river on the first night it was warm enough to sleep with the doors open and listen to the Clutha River bubbling past.
Ann and Ian are a lovely couple who are hosts with the most. Ann sent us off on Saturday morning with muffins and sweet treats. Thank you!! Breakfast is warm friendly affair with great food and friendly hosts and fellow guests to swap stories with. Would highly recommend to both international and New Zealand visitors

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Redmond, Oregon
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Reviewed 3 March 2012

We spent 3 wonderful nights at the Riverson in late Feb 2012. I highly recommend booking the upstairs room with the double doors that open to the balcony overlooking the Clutha river which will lull you to sleep most gently. While only 5 minutes from touristy Wanaka, the Riversong offers a slightly off-the-track respite from all the tour buses and sometimes rowdy street scene in town. Anne's breakfasts are truly magical - - - especially those heavenly corn fritters. While the weather was a bit mixed during our stay, the fishing forays led by Ian were quite special. I will never forget the Nevis valley!

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed 26 February 2012

We visited in March 2011 and had a lovely stay with hosts Ann and Ian. Ian helped Ted wash and hang out his fishing gear the night before we left for the States. We walked on the trails along the river and slept with the doors open to the night. The next morning we enjoyed a delicious breakfast and had lovely conversation with the other guests. We also learned the story of whitebait fishing at the mouth of the Mataura. Now we feel saavy about those shacks perched on the water. We hope to return to enjoy more of Ann and Ian's hospitality.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 4 February 2012

We were unfortunately double booked on one of our nights in Wanaka and thankfully the host helped to find us an alternative first night. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
While Riversong had had some terrific reviews we were a little unsure about being away from the main town. As it turned out this was a large part of its charm.
We were given full access to the top floor where the large bedroom has a balcony looking out over the river, theres a small kitchenette and a good sized bathroom. We had access to come and go as we pleased without disturbing Ann and Ian.
There is a good walking track right outside the house that follows the river with some great picnic stop opportunities.
That night we left the balcony doors open, snuggled into the electric blanket and fell asleep to the sound of the river rushing by. It was devine, only topped by a delicious breakfast and our very charming hosts. I'm sure others would enjoy as much as we did.

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York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 February 2012

We stayed three nights at 'Riversong' and it wasn't long enough. Beautiful house with wonderful accommodation in a super peaceful location. The breakfasts were delicious, and Ann and Ian were welcoming and friendly, and provided us with useful local information and advice. Absolutely first class, high quality room and facilities which would be difficult to beat.
Wanaka and the surrounding area is stunning, and if you are a fisherman, Ian is happy to give advice on where to fish and techniques to use.
Highly recommended
Mike and Sally, York, England

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Riversong Bed & Breakfast

Property: Riversong Bed & Breakfast
Address: 5 Wicklow Terrace | Albert Town, Wanaka, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in Wanaka
Price range (per night): $201 - $228
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Quality bed & breakfast accommodation in a unique riverside setting just minutes from Wanaka town and the lake. Guestrooms have en-suite bathrooms & stunning river & mountain views. Cooked or continental breakfast included, guest library, internet, parking. Relax in our private gardens, enjoy river walks & superb fly fishing from our backdoor. Take advantage of our local fishing knowledge, tuition and guiding service. ... more   less 

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