Wonderful Wanaka

by Kerri Jackson, The New Zealand Herald.

“The four-star Te Wanaka Lodge in Brownston St, and just a couple of blocks back from the water’s edge, is an excellent mix of comfort and luxury. In winter, it’s a classic ski- lodge where you can mix and mingle with other guests over a mulled wine or warming soup, swapping stories of the slopes. Come summer, the place is more of a classic B&B, where you can soak your hike-aching limbs in the spa.

Hosts Wayne and Mandy Enoka are happy to help organise your Wanaka itineraries and have tips on the best spots to eat, drink and sightsee. Breakfast comes as part of your package and at least once a week the Enokas host a group dinner for guests, which is another great chance to catch up on how other people — often from all over the world — are spending their time in this cool little town.

The rooms are comfortable and modern, with private balconies, and there are two lounges and a bar for when you want to be a little more social.”

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Off the Beaten Path on New Zealand’s South Island

by Robert Tomes,

“... So, with all this in mind, I went in search of some new and different options for this particular trip. I wanted to make our time down under a bit less intimidating, more productive and economical for my fishing partner. Fortunately, my first problem was solved with a couple of emails to my friends Wayne and Mandy Enoka of the perfectly situated Te Wanaka Lodge, and a day of fishing with guide Greg Dougherty of Alpine Fishing Guides...”

The Age Newspaper, Ski 2007 Supplement

Story by Robert Upe - Sunday 10 June 2007

"We're checking into cosy Te Wanaka Lodge and things are looking good. There's a big log fire, soft sofas, books, a big wooden kitchen table where hosts Andy & Graeme Oxley serve their delicious breakfasts, garden hot tub and a friendliness factor that's as high as the mountains that surround this pretty lakeside town. The Oxleys are enthusiastic skiers and hikers and full of wisdom on the best places to ski, eat and drink. They are Australians who have permanently moved to Wanaka, their paradise. They have also created paradise at their charming lodge with its alpine ambience and snug rooms with flat-screen TV's and ensuites. the lodge is a short stroll from shops, restaurants and bars."

Herald Sun Newspaper

Story by Bronwen Gora - Sunday 27 May, 2007

“One of Wanaka's favourite lodges is Te Wanaka, a truly cosy bed & breakfast run by two Australians who took the seachange lifestyle to the extreme and swapped the Melbourne CBD for a quiet lakeside Kiwi ski town. The owner's hospitality comes in the form of cooked breakfasts, freshly baked cakes for afternoon tea and regular wine tasting evenings. The two-storey Te Wanaka lodge has two communial lounges and luxurious if small rooms, and is conveniently located within walking distance to town.”

National Geographic Traveller Magazine

Story by Elizabeth Hansen - March 2006

“Te Wanaka Lodge (23 Brownston St, Wanaka, US$106-170, includes breakfast and afternoon tea). This homey inn with a contemporary feel features two comfy lounges, a hot tub, and help-yourself wine and beer. Fun-loving hosts Graeme and Andy Oxley are "mad keen trampers" (hikers) who enjoy advising guests about trails and even loan out walking sticks.”

Metro Magazine

Article by Rose Hoare, December 2005

“This is the lodgiest lodge we've ever come across, with guests sprawling around the lounge tasting wines, reading back-copies of Powder Magazine and swapping sarcastic comments about the DVD they're watching, although there are plenty of secluded nooks if you'd rather avoid the others. Out the back is a colourfully planted cobblestone garden and you can gaze at the stars, or at the star-shaped clusters of puawananga flowers, from the spa pool. Walnuts from the big mature tree out the front ping on to the roof in autumn. The owners, Graeme and Andy, preside over the breakfast table with an effortless amiability. The are the keepers of the good oil when it comes to powder snow and local goings-on, like the Wednesday night six-a-side summer cricket tournaments in which practically the whole town participates.”

The Australian

Martin Kelly, - 11 Aug 2005

“Central to the Wanaka growth story is the Veall Family, from Melbourne, which has owned Cardrona outright since 1990, turning it through good management and sensible investment into one of Australiasia's leading family snow destinations. then you have relative newcomer Robert Skinner, who has accumulated a significant stake in Treble Cone, 25km from Wanaka on the dramatic Mt Aspiring Road, a ski resort still with enormous potential. Other key Australians include the owners of Te Wanaka Lodge, Graeme & Andy Oxley, who left a good life in urban East Melbourne to enter the hospitality industry - with no experience - on the other side of the Tasman.”

Sydney Daily Telegraph, Brisbane Sunday Mail, Sunday Tasmanian

Bronwen Gora - 8 May, 2005

“Aside from being in a tranquil mountain and lakeside setting that makes you relax the minute you arrive, Wanaka has some fabulous places to stay. Te Wanaka Lodge, just around the corner from the main street is one of the longest established bed and breakfast lodges setting a benchmark for the cosy accommodations that followed. All rooms are decorated in plush country style furnishings, full breakfasts are provided and there's a couple of cosy lounges with television, DVD's and CD's for guest use. Snacks from soup to chocolate cake are on every afternoon.”

The Australian Newspaper

Alistair Jones - August 2004

“Melbourne couple Graeme & Andy (Andrea) Oxley had been skiing for several seasons at the snowfields around Wanaka and staying in fairly ordinary accommodation before buying Te Wanaka Lodge and turning it into a choice place to stay in the pretty New Zealand lakeside town. ‘It's how we support our skiing habit’ offers Andy Oxley.

Vintage skis belong to their grandparents and framed photos showing generations of snow based moments add a personal touch to the breakfast room, the social hub of Te Wanaka. The Oxleys have taken to alpine life and their interest in the community makes their suggestions of thing to do each day as switched-on as they are convenient.

The 12 motel-like rooms are compact with pointy ceilings, and come with decent linen and quality fittings. There is also a garden cottage room. Ensuites sport modest toiletries and robes hanging in the cupboard make idea of tramping through the chill air to the hot tub in the garden a possibility.

The rooms are more for sleeping than hanging out in and don't come with a TV unless specifically requested. You could watch an All Blacks game in either of the two cosy lounges in the main building, although Andy might suggest catching that particular event at one of the local pubs to better feel the spirit of the clash. There are CD's books and magazines to complement lodge social life, in which guests with the common interest of winter sports can meet and mingle, along with apre-ski activities such as wine tasting or a visit from a ski instructor.

And if you’ve met too many people already and don’t care for any of them, there’s always a table and two chairs on the balcony off each room , somewhere to sit and write, or simply savour a glass of Central Otago pinot noir with a forbidden cigarette – an ok arrangement in fine weather, perhaps not so great when it’s snowing. But it’s not hard to find a corner to yourself in the main building. The Oxley’s are good hosts – both unobtrusive and happy to share a self-deprecating joke about their sea change to resort hostelry. “Actually it was Graeme’s sea change and I just went along with it,” Andy says with a laugh, adding: “It could’ve been worse – he might have gone for a blonde, a sports car and lots of chunky jewellery.” Either way things appear to be running smoothly.”

Australian Cleo Magazine

Miriam Smith

“I check into the cosy and stylish Te Wanaka Lodge, right in the middle of town, to the discover that the hosts are not only lovely but mind readers as well. Moments later, I'm reclining in a hot tub of bubbles, gazing out at the mountain range and massage cheeks that hurt from a day of smiling.”

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