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... third day in Queenstown we walked up Queenstown Hill which is about 500m higher than Q-town. It took approx 2 hours return and the views were amazing. After this we went to an ice hockey match in the local ice rink. The Southern Stampedes were playing Dunedin Thunder. The game itself was entertaining with some good hits, mulled wine and about 10 goals. It was very cold in the stadium so layers of clothing is a must. For $20 it was great value.
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... be assigned to one). Natasha, my ski instructor came forward first, a young kiwi girl who was extremely religious. Not the best conversation starter for me when I have not even a religious bone in my body. Then moments later it was revealed that the tall, dark & handsome Italian instructor (Daniel) was assigned to Kristina. (Ohh this was gonna be good but I would have to wait to be filled in on this embarrassing moment).
In my hast in wanting to learn fast I fell ...
... that day!
Over the following few days my eye swelled up a little and my leg (which had me waddling like a penguin) has turned into colours I never thought possible on my skin tone! Alas, I am finally on the mend and plan to brave a night out tonight! Although I’ve not yet been back on the slopes because of the soreness (and recent strong winds that has resulted in the closing of ski lifts), I am determined to not be put off! Fingers crossed ...
... those who wanted to do a bungy jump. This is the first commerical bungy in the world, but is a paltry 40 odd feet, so not really worth the effort. Of the three people signed up for it only one actually stepped up to the plate. As we got into town we stopped briefly for a group photo. Queenstown is generally considered the last stop where everyone goes their separate ways. For most people it is, but I'm not digging the finality feel when I've still got over half the country to ...
... passed to Toby. Then Paul appeared having concluded the fact they couldn’t drive home and decided to come to Dunedin with us (fun times! :)
Back at the hostel, Hannah informed us that she was joining us to Dunedin (yay, and conveniently now we had 2 cars for all our stuff!) but my alcohol high soon wore off and my hangover from hell kicked in. Oh God! I found a sofa and fell asleep, and after an hour or so was soon joined by a hanging ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Distinction Queenstown, Nugget Point Boutique Hotel & Spa
This resort clings to its Conde Nast Gold rating. Its a resort hotel of a high standard, on a superb site in the countryside above the Shotover River. In earlier times it gained rave reviews from travellers - it remains on the Conde Nast reserve list. Its expensive by New Zealand standards and while it has been renovated and is well maintained, its one level back from the premium lodges of today in fittings, decor etc. Dining was excellent when we stayed, and indeed was the high spot of our visit. The web-site gives a fair impression of what it offers, and the staff were efficient and courteous. I'd want a discounted rate next time before I chose Nugget over its immediate competitors however. As it is some distance outside Queenstown you would really need to car (or book some tours) if you plan to look around.
I too had read excellent reviews on nugget point resort, so had no problems paying approx $1500 NZ for 2 nights accomodation in March 2005. Never before have I seen a hotel so blatantly misrepresent themselves. The only accurate thing about their website is the location. The rooms were dirty, tired and completely outdated, there was some form of construction going on right outside my room of which I was not informed prior to check in, the "in-house movies" were a selection of videos from the early 1990's, the room service menu consisted of about 3 items. The staff were the most indifferent I have ever come across, and the dogs and cats so obviously living in the hotel and running through the hallways and dining room were enough to turn my stomach. I stayed for a total of 2 hours, during which time I did not sight another guest, was told under no circumstances would I receive any of my money back, and was left to cart my own luggage from my room back to my car, once I had expressed my complete dissatisfaction at the "resort". There is no way on this earth I would ever set foot in this "resort" again.
Like the previous reviewer, I was shocked by Nugget Point after having read many positive reviews here and in various guidebooks.
The positives are two: location over Shotover River (great view and close to Queenstown); and the friendly, helpful staff.
The negatives are many: spookily empty (only 4 people total in the hotel during my mid-November stay); terrible decor (think your great grandmother's Victoriana mixed with voluminous Asian nick nacks from Pier 1); run like a small B&B rather than a professional hotel; lousy maintenance (pool was closed and gym was dingy, dusty and in poor repair); price too high for this quality --NZ$400 per night.
This property, despite it's great location, is in trouble.
Worst place we stayed during our visit to New Zealand
Based on reviews we read before arriving, we were really looking forward to our stay at Nuggest Point. We wish we had turned around the moment we walked in the door. The hotel smelled, the pool was out of service, we had to carry our own bags up the stairs to our room, the wine selection was meager, the food awful, the dining room dirty and smokey, and the staff very unprofessional. Checking out of Nugget Point was the highlight of our stay at this hotel.
I stayed here on a bicycle tour I was on. The hotel was fabulous and luxiourious. Wonderful views of the river from my hotel room, the hot tub and the restaurant. Definitely a 5 star experience!
We stayed at Nugget Point in October this year. We found it to be beautifully maintained (even if they appeared to be short staffed), the food was wonderful and interesting and the general feeling of the resort was relaxed. The views are spectacular and a special effort was made to provide a place to dine where we could take best advantage of them. Celina saw to it that every request was fulfilled. Everyone was very friendly, treating even a small tour group with deference. I would have loved to have had more time there.
Bad Management at Nugget
Stayed at Nugget in July 2002 on recommendation of guide books and was very sorry we did. The new owners do not know how to run a luxury hotel. Food was awful, service was non-existant. A giant waste of money.
Spent 5 night at Nugget Point in April, 2003. Was expecting a very nice resort given its status (Conde Nast Gold List, etc.), but were very disappointed. The breakfast was included in the price (we booked online) and was nice and large. The hotel was undergoing a much-needed renovation, and when we were there the fitness center was useless (and was full of broken glass).
Great Room, but
My wife and I stayed at Nugget Point one night late in March (2003). We were impressed with the room - an Executive Suite.Service at the restaurant was not very good (though the food was good). At our group dinner, they were short-staffed and served a dessert selection without the ice cream that it should have come with. Breakfast orders the next morning were very slow in coming.My experience was mixed. I expected much more in the dining department. But, when you consider all the great dining options in Queenstown and the surrounding area, it's at least a great place to lay down your head. Maybe try the restaurant on the theory that we caught them at the wrong time.And (you don't need me to say this) enjoy New Zealand!
Quality at its best
stayed there at the same time as Thai Royal family. Spectacular scenery, phenomenal service laid back ambience & the best food food on the Island with facilties & activities to match. What more could one want!!! Laurence Mitchell