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On The Track Lodge
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Nelson
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4 reviews
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“To special to share”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2013

I have had such a wonderful weekend at this wonderful home away from home. From the welcome Duncan gave us on arrival to the final farewell this has been a very special trip. Duncan, Tom and Norma you are such caring team of people to run such accommodation. When one of the expected trampers had not turn up Tom was on his motorbike checking out the area and calling in the dark. She turned up and was amazed that anyone would be concerend enough about her welfare. Well done guys.
I stayed in the railway carriage in unbelievable luxury. So warm and cosy. Bed fantastic slept like a baby, shower hot and the umbrella to walk sheltered between the buildings is just yet another of the thoughtful things these people have provided.
We had a wonderful dinner of seafood filo with an amazing selection of salads, Just delicious. And a dessert to die for of lychees, tio pepe. and ginger icecream. Norma that was a great meal and just love the way you all work together and served the meal.
The ambiance here is a true reflection of this family . They made us at home and spoiled us all with cups of tea and carrot cake. Attention to detail puts this Lodge right up there. The little things were important. Don't think it went unnoticed that you had everyones name off by heart. You cared and we felt special. This lodge punches well above its weight and other more luxurious lodges could well take a leaf out of your book.

Room Tip: Leave that to Duncan he knows best
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2013

We have been recommended On The Track Lodge by a number of different people over the past couple of years. We were finally able to experience first hand this lovely lodge for our Wedding Anniversary Weekend at the end of April.

After four hours of tramping we made it to the Lodge. There with a big welcome smile and greeting was Tom. Then Duncan appeared with some drinks and wonderful home baking. It was a lovely weekend with stunning views, amazing food, a relaxing hot tub, comfortable beds and five star service. The best hospitality we have experienced.

We would recommend every New Zealander to come and experience the Nydia Bay Track and the fantastic hospitality that On The Track Lodge offers. It really is a slice of peaceful paradise.

We parked our car at the Havelock Marina and got driven to the start of the track. At Duncan Bay we were picked up again and taken to our car at the Marina. This makes things alot easier regarding transport.

Room Tip: We stayed in an upstairs room near the hot tub. The tram with its own ensuite looks great, and I wou...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Northampton, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2013

In our whole seven week trip to New Zealand, On the Track Lodge stands out as the most magical experience. This is not a five star resort but rather a more modest setting with wonderful elements, the most important of which are the family who run the place. We stayed in a made over railroad car which was extremely cute, en suite with brilliantly cleaned windows and ironed sheets, although a bit cramped. There are also individual rooms with shared bathrooms and even a dorm type room with bunk beds. Whatever the accommodation, the experience of being there is not to be missed. The family, Tom and Norma and their adult son Duncan, are the nicest, kindest, most caring and capable hosts I have ever, in a lifetime of travel, had the pleasure to stay with. The food is better than you could get at many an expensive restaurant, much of it grown in the garden, brilliantly prepared by Norma, very reasonably priced and very ample in its portions. The buildings’ public spaces are very tasteful and comfortable. The walks from the lodge, up and down the Nydia Track and sideways into the fern forest are beautiful. The setting on the Nydia Bay in the Marlborough Sounds is world class. There are kayaks to use to explore the waterscape. Above all, you feel cared for and looked after in the most pleasant way by this cast of inn keepers from the moment you arrive until you reluctantly take your leave.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lynn e
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Nelson, New Zealand
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Keswick
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about On The Track Lodge

Property: 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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