On reflection, our stay at the Aotearea Lodge in Whtianga was one of the most enjoyable of our trip. It's an excellent base, partly due to its position just outside town, and partly by the attentiveness of the owners, Darryl and Lynette. The Lodge has around a dozen units available as self catering or bed and breakfast basis, and we opted to self cater. Whilst our in room facilities were limited to refrigerator, the communal area at the end of the corridor offered microwave, electric skillet and toaster, each of which served us well. The communal room has ample dining space and just outside there's a deck with good picnic benches. The deck runs along outside several of the apartments and could be used for more private dining in that way if you chose.
The rooms have been refurbished to offer an excellent bedroom space with double or twin beds with bedside tables and lamps. There's a very generous counter and adequate wardrobe hanging space for a long weekend or three night stay. The bathroom is large with very good sink and counter top space and a good strong, hot shower. Pedestal or floor fans are available but we found an open window perfectly suitable. Given the distance from town and the "dead end" track road, there's little likelihood of disturbance unlees, as it did on our secong night, the weather turns nasty and throws down an abundance of rain! Elsewhere on site there's a very efficient laundry with washer, dryer and clothes line adjacent to the building. Internet access is available in the communal room for a reasonable fee. As well as the cooking options offered in the communal area, there's also several very comfortable settees and chairs offering an area to relax away from your room and meet fellow travellers, as well as the deck seating arrangements. The lodge is neat and tidy in every area with good daily room service. We can safely recommend this accommodation to anyone and rest assured they will should sleep soundly in a clean, well appointed room with excellent facilities.
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- Aotearoa Hotel
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