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Certificate of Excellence


Certificate of Excellence
The tranquillity and sense of being 'at one' with the native bush, the expansive water views and birdsong of the Sounds, coupled with the feeling like you're sitting in the comfort of your home, being spoilt with the service of a boutique hotel, is what luxurious Raetihi Lodge prides itself on. Extensively rebuilt and re-modelled with new interior design concepts throughout, our accommodation, restaurant and facilities are rated 4-Star Plus Hosted Qualmark with luxury and comfort amidst the serenity and nature of the New Zealand native beach trees and bush. Our new floating jetty makes accessibility a joy. A waters edge retreat with stunning views over the water, Raetihi Lodge sets its own standards for gracious and unsurpassed hospitality and excellent dining. The Marlborough Sounds attracts local and international visitors who share a passion for activities such as boating, fishing, hiking, bush walks, sailing, kayaking, bird-watching, photography and just relaxing enjoying the finer things in life. Nestled in a secluded bay of extraordinary natural beauty in the Kenepuru Sound, Raetihi Lodge has built a reputation as one of the most popular destinations in the Sounds dating back to the 1930's. ACTIVITIES 'The Sounds' are simply New Zealand's foremost marine playground for yachting, fishing, swimming, sailing and sight-seeing. Why not consider: • Walking Tracks: Queen Charlotte Track and Nydia Track • Fishing: Half day or Full day Guided Trips • Boating: Half and Full-day Skippered Sailing trips, plus Bareboat Charter facilities, Boating Safaris in your own outboard motor boat, Mussel Cruises, Historical Tours of the Sounds • Scenic Flights and transfers: by helicopter or float plane • Marlborough Wine Tours AROUND RAETIHI LODGE Relax with a wide variety of recreational options available. • Complementary mountain bikes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards (SUPs) are available for your enjoyment • Complementary use of fishing rods and dinghy rowing boats, or try your hand fishing off the jetty. • Treat yourself to a relaxing massage • Follow one of the bush-walking tracks over the Nature Reserve • Take a swim in the bay • Retire in the guest lounge to read, play board games or watch TV, or lounge by the warmth of the fire with a good book • Ever-changing light conditions present stunning photographic opportunities, as evidenced from the Photo Gallery in the Lodge. • The marine environment and natural bush provides amazing opportunities to observe native birds, flora and fauna. • Play 12-holes of golf at the Nopera Golf Course nearby, which is sheep grazed with fenced greens. (Nominal green fee and golf hire available) • Enjoy a game of Boules or croquet on the French Courtyard and lawn • Picnics can be supplied from our restaurant for any of your activities. CUISINE, WINE & DINING Sitting by the water's edge, dine on an ever-changing feast of seafood, mouth-watering New Zealand meats and fresh local produce, themed to suit the season and complemented by the finest regional wines in New Zealand. Everyday dining at Raetihi Lodge in the Marlborough Sounds is informal but elegant and relaxed, the epitome of fresh New Zealand cuisine. Our Restaurant welcomes casual diners for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. Our new floating jetty makes accessibility easy, and you can tie up without hassle. GETTING THERE By Boat • Our skipper and Guest Transfer boat, Miss Raetihi Lodge, can collect you from Te Mahia Jetty or Portage in the Kenepuru Sound, OR Waterfall Bay or Torea in the Queen Charlotte Sound • Private boats are welcome to use the floating jetty and tie up on one of our moorings (Mooring fee if staying overnight) • Water Taxi • Kayak to us for lunch or a coffee! By Air • Float plane from Picton or Wellington • Fixed-wing plane from Wellington, into Nopera Airstrip • Helicopter from anywhere, landing on our Helipad By Road • Drive the very scenic Kenepuru Road directly to Raetihi Lodge • Cycle, if you're keen!
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We stayed here two nights as part of the Queen Charlotte Sounds walk. Liane and Alan are exceptional hosts - and all the staff were fantastic too. The accomodation was lovely. As with many Sounds locations, the setting is absolutely beautiful. The restaurant food was
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Our stay at the Raetihi was booked in the middle of a 4-week tour of New Zealand. The excellent accommodation coupled with the stunning views of the Sound and the peaceful surroundings made for a super relaxing break in the middle of a hectic schedule. The food and service were
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Better than excellent Transfer sounds complicated but it isn’t and it is worth it. You pickup a water taxi in Picton and ride to across the bay. Transfer to a van drive a short 10 minutes to a another water taxi. When you arrive at the dock; you see this tranquil peaceful
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After several days of walking the Queen Charlotte track we decided to stay for 2 nights at Raetihi Lodge. What a great choice. Our welcome from Liane was warm and friendly and I’m sure she has seen many tired walkers. She is very organised and everything was in place for our
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It was a long ride by car to reach the lodge (more than 2 hours along Kenepuru sound) but it was absolutely worth it. The lodge is nicely located and the interior offers a comfortable atmosphere. Very recommendable.
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How can I book two nights at your B&B?
Dear pegsHeath, I apologise for the delayed reply, I did reply previously but unfortunately for some reason this response did not go through. If you would like to book at our Lodge, we reopen for the summer season from 5th October 2015 and if you contact us via email, I can assist with availability and rates. Please click on the Email link on our Tripadvisor page for our contact email. I look forward to hearing from, Warm regards, Nicole, Reservations
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"all rooms would be quiet, but sea view rooms are best"
"WaterView if available.."
"Sea view room is worth the cost"
"s for a room with a view of the water."
US$180 - US$261 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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