My husband and I arrived toward evening after a LONG drive directly from the Bay of Islands--we could not have asked for a warmer welcome or more relaxing atmosphere after our trip.
Rawhiti is situated in the charming area of Kelburn in the hills above Wellington--which makes the view from almost every room spectacular. From our bedroom, we could look out over the city, the ocean, and Victoria University and its playing fields, and watch the weather roll in and out.
Just at the end of Rawhiti Terrace, perhaps less than a minute's walk, is the Botanic Gardens and cable car into the city (three to four minutes and you're deposited right in the center of Wellington). We never felt far from the action, but it was nice to return to such a peaceful setting at the end of the day.
Our room (one of two guest rooms) was elegant yet comfortable, just like the rest of the house. And Annabel was the most gracious host we stayed with in New Zealand. She has a knack for putting you perfectly at ease, and for striking a balance between being attentive and giving you complete privacy. (She also does laundry, which is great if you're on an extended stay in NZ.)
Of the many places we stayed in New Zealand, both on the North and South Islands, Rawhiti was our hands-down favorite. When we return, we're looking forward to trying out different hotels in Auckland and other areas, but we would never dream of staying anywhere else in Wellington but Rawhiti.
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