Craig and Michele welcome you to Alpine View Lodge, Wanaka, New Zealand
Craig and Michele moved to Wanaka in 2007 from Gore having holidayed at Lake Hawea for 10 years. It had been a dream to own and run a bed and breakfast lodge in an area that has brought them so much pleasure and they took over Alpine View Lodge in 2009.
A highlight of their new role as hosts is meeting all the different nationalities of people that stay at Alpine View and they pride themselves on their ability to advise on the best activities in the area and make their guests’ stay a memorable one.
A founder of Wanaka Toastmasters and also a National winner for Table Topics throughout New Zealand, Craig runs Mt Iron often and encourages guests to walk it also – “best value for effort” he always tells the guests. He also enjoys bike riding having completed the Motatapu ride in March 2011 and is a keen fisherman. Craig also ran his first half marathon this year in a respectable time of 1 hour 55 minutes.
Michele enjoys reading, is an avid scrapbooker, and gets in involved in the local community with the local Upper Clutha Lions group. Michele also belongs to a very social Art Group who collects art for pleasure and sharing.
Alpine View Lodge is a member of the Wanaka Bed and Breakfast Association and also the New Zealand Bed and Breakfast Association.
After only 1 year in the business, Alpine View Lodge was nominated for the AA Tourism and Hospitaily Award, which came as a complete shock but were very proud to have been nominated. Three years down the track and alot of hard work they have managed to come from number 7 on Tripadvisor to number 1. Michele and Craig are very grateful to all those guests who have written reviews, as they would not be there if it was not for them.
Sharing the property is Coco, their Chocolate Point Siamese who is proving to be a great wee hunter and Moca the new addition, a Seal Point Siamese who was born on the 1 May 16.
There are also 4 pet sheep who are always a big hit with guests at feeding time and 7 chickens whose eggs are served at breakfast when they are laying.