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On The Track Lodge
Reviewed 22 March 2013

An amazing experience, from the delivering of our gear to Duncan in Havelock to when we left 3 days later. One of our party said it was like 'leaving our family' and that's how they make you feel - special, pampered, and genuinely delightful lovely people. The Lodge was fabulous too!. The linen and mattresses deserve a special mention!. Absolute heaven after walking in over the gorgeous Nydia Bay track. I've told all my friends (although agree with David T - almost too good to share) and a perfect place for a romantic getaway. Thanks.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 March 2013

this is the nicest, cleanest and most friendly place I have visited. Thank you. I will be back as soon as I am able to. I intend to take my kids and grandson to have a fabulous experience like I did. Its too good not to share.
Lynn Elliot

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 March 2013

"Paradise" Oxford Dictionary meaning - Heaven.
This says it all, our group of six were treated liked Royalty from the moment we arrived.
Highly recommend the Nydia track and On the Track Lodge as a top NZ experience.
Beautiful accommodation, crisp white sheets, gorgeous bathrooms, nice places to sit - spotlessly clean, they have thought of everything.
Make sure you stay more than one night and don't bring food as the food on offer is delicious!
Visit soon before the word gets out...... yes Heaven indeed.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 March 2013

I hesitated to share this review because the On The Track Lodge and the associated Nydia Trek experience was SO special, I was tempted to keep it to myself and my friends!

Tom, Norma, Duncan and Ron offer a very unique special friendly and personal experience at the lodge, the location, the rooms, the exquisite meal (prepared by Norma) are highly recommended.

The On The Track Lodge is a very special place, we hope to be back one day!

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 February 2013

We were a party of 4 NZ couples in our late 50s who walked the Nydia track from Kaiuma Bay through to Nydia Bay and overnighted at On The Track Lodge .The approx 5 hr walk , which is some times listed as a tramp ,is lovely and being a dry ,beautiful Feb day pretty easy going . Some lovely rata in flower and good bird life . (Can see how could be a little more difficult and need boots etc if wet . )

Duncan Tom and Norma of OnThe Track lodge were instrumental in us doing this walk as they arranged transport very efficiently and at reasonable costs both to start of track from Havelock and out again via Water taxi .

We totally endorse the previous reviews re the hospitality and accommodation experienced at the lodge .Norma,s dinner is superb and not to be missed .Duncan and Tom , father and son clones,great to chat to , full of good information re the Sounds and very eager to show their guests a good time .

We had in previous days walked the Queen Charlotte track ,staying at various lodges and On The Track lodge surpassed all of these in value for money and hospitality(especially with regard to the Portage Hotel which is in dire need of a good shake up)

If you are contemplating a trip to Malborough seriously look at Nydia track and On theTrack Lodge as a special and slighty of the beaten track option .

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 February 2013

What a special place, a slice of paradise in the Pelorus sounds. Hosts Tom, Norma, Duncan and Ron are super friendly, chatty and seemed to have this great knack of being around when you want them and not when you dont...The lodge huts are fantastic, wooden huts with double bedrooms, very well finished shower block, hot tub, vege garden, and even a converted train carriage (we'll stay in next time). Kitchen was very well equipped and they even offer breakfast, dinner and a packed lunch if need be...and a nice bottle of white if you run short!

We all took out the kayaks to paddle out in the bay and a dinghy with small outboard for some fishing as well. Norma and Duncan were very clear and helpful on the phone as well to explain all the options available to get to the lodge. We took the morning mail boat in and then tramped out the next day on the Nydia track which offers stunning views of the bay at the top of the saddle...well worth it...
Awesome, thank you guys so much for making this a great stay with my family.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 February 2013

We tramped in to the lodge from Duncan Bay through lovely bush and were surprised to see so much rata in flower.Stopped to swim at the DOC campsite and also swam off the Nydia Bay jetty. When we arrived at the lodge we were warmly welcomed by three generations of the family - and given a complimentary drink and scrumptious muffin. We then worked up an appetite playing badminton and croquet on the spacious lawn. Norma provided an excellent dinner which was beautifully presented by people who care about good service and hospitality. Our decision to stay at On the Track lodge was a very last minute thing, however we will definitely be back with family and friends to enjoy this magic place run by caring people,

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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Kate255678
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Additional Information about On The Track Lodge

Address: Nydia Bay, Pelorus Sound | Havelock, Havelock 7150, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Havelock
Amenities:
Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Speciality Lodging in Havelock
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy hiking the stunning Nydia Track (2 day hike). On The Track Lodge is situated halfway on the track in a remote paradise with no road access. With fantastic lodge accommodation, this is a perfect stop over for 1 or more nights ... more   less 

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