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We dragged ourselves away from the spectacular mountain views of the Mount Cook range to drive to Queenstown and picked up a German girl hitch hiker to entertain us and give us the back packer experience. We dropped her 4 hrs later on a hot afternoon at the Lake shore at Wanaka, where she was hoping to pick up some paid work and finally found our …
... and was so tired, I just stayed in. I woke up early to do what I've been dying to do my entire trip- skiing! It's so easy to get to the slopes- Remarkables is one ski area that is about a 45 minute drive uphill from the city. You just walk into town and pay for a shuttle bus and it takes you there and back with your skis. It was a laugh getting on the bus because everyone was waiting in groups, and waiting ages. I walked ...
... and chatted.
After an hour we did some more wandering about the lovely town and then decided to get pizza before going home.
Both pizza places were heaving so we found another nice place with great food choices and I bought dinner. I had a wonderful bangers and mash.
We then proceeded back and Brian and I settled in again for the evening with our scotch and chat! Brilliant. However, this night ended earlier.
I slept wonderfully!
... walked out in what should have taken no less than 5! I got the bus back to town and went to the video store. We are having another movie night tonight with my friend. She always brings the chocolate and wine and we provide the movie selection. Tonight's selection is: The Notebook (which we already saw the other night), The Holiday, 127 Hours and Cocktail (the late 80s film in which I'm named after). Can't wait to watch one of them and munch my crumble! Ero Tergum ...
... to work early to go for a swim. When I arrived one of the pool crew supervisors caught me and said they are looking to train me up so I can get some lifeguarding shifts. This is excellent news and I'm so grateful for some more hours because...well... I just love to spend! And I don't like cheap stuff either - haha! The mountains just look jaw-droppingly beautiful. I know I keep saying its picture perfect bla bla bla but now with the snow all over ...
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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