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On The Track Lodge
Reviewed 29 November 2013

After the very challenging walk the welcome we received was wonderful. Iced water, tea and homemade biscuits, followed by soak in the hot tub to ease the weary bones. Lovely meal provided by Tom and Norma followed by restful sleep in the comfy beds. Would recommend this little gem in the middle of Nydia bay but if the walk is daunting then a trip by boat is ideal. We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 November 2013

Just spent one night at this amazing place - it wasn't enough and I can't wait to go back! The accomodation, facilities, hosts, setting were all excellent. The hot tub worked wonders after our walk in from Duncan Bay - it took us 4.25hrs at a steady plod, including lunch and stopping to check out the pet eels along the way, but if you want to include a swim at the jetty just before arriving then allow more time :)
We parked at Duncan Bay end and walked out the same way and still really enjoyed the walks - the views are different both ways. Next time we'll walk in from the Havelock end. Go check this place out, you'll love it no matter what your age, cooking facilities and sandfly repellent are also brilliant.

Room Tip: All rooms lovely, only the train has an en suite but the showers/ toilets for other rooms are easily...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

8 of us headed off from Havelock to walk 4 hours into Nydia Bay and were treated to a very warm 'family' welcome by Duncan, Tom, Norma and 'grandad'. Given tea and coffee and homemade biscuits we spent the afternoon relaxing, exploring, taking turns in the lovely hot tub and making use of their library.
Beautiful 2 course meal in the evening was complemented with some lovely Marlborough wines, scrumptious breakfast the next day set us up for the 5 hour walk out, armed with one of Norma's lovely packed lunches.
The atmosphere at On the Track Lodge is quite special, your hosts have the rare knack of making you feel very welcome, without being too intrusive for those who are seeking respite from lots of people.
The beds are comfy, everything is spotless, the decor in the chalets and train carriage is tasteful - we could have stayed ages!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

God, what gem. I spent the weekend here with a couple of good friends - a few days away from work and the demands of family/little children. Duncan, Tom, and Norma were the best hosts ever - friendly, attentive, and generous. We stayed in the yurt, which was beautiful, cosy, and affordable. Norma's meals were delicious (with veges fresh from the organic garden). And the hot tub under the stars was divine. There are various accommodation options and some lovely touches like an outdoor fire pit and pizza oven. We boated in with the lovely Del from Havelock Water Taxis (I think that's the name) and walked out, but I'll definitely back (probably with the kids next time) to walk the full trail. On the Track Lodge hits the perfect balance of 'just enough luxury but not too expensive'. Please don't ever go too upmarket! This is great for people doing the walk who also want a bit of time off from cooking and a bit more privacy and sleep than in the DOC huts. Thanks for the blissful stay!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

What sets this place apart from everything we've experienced is the hospitality. The hosts go out of their way to make your stay a comfortable and enjoyable experience. From assisting with carrying your luggage to finding a replacement for something you've forgotten. Their generosity has no end.
Needless to say, the accommodation is quaint, extremely comfortable and picturesque.

Room Tip: Consider the railway carriage. It sounds a little odd. It is. But it's worth it. A small lounge...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

My husband and I recently spent the evening here and were warmly welcomed by Tom, Duncan and Norma. The cabins are beautifully presented and the food served by Norma was excellent and plenty of it. This family have certainly upgraded this accomodation and anyone wanting a little break doing the hike or just visiting for a romantic getaway, this is a great spot to do it. They have a varied range of facilities and rooms available as you can use this as a backpackers or fully catered with en-suite rooms.

Room Tip: Ensuite is in the rail carriage but the beds are doubles. Some cabins are very close to the bathroom...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank CarolCaley
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

Thank you for a wonderful couple of days at Nydia Bay. Tom, Duncan, Norma and Ron were wonderful hosts. The lodge setting is welcome, relaxing and beautiful. We enjoyed the tea and cake on arrival after our walk from Kaiuma. We enjoyed kayaking and the tramway walk. Norma's cooking is superb. I highly recommend the lunch and dinner options. You will not regret it. I'm still hoping Norma will put me at the top of her list for when she does a cook book. Our group stayed in the train carriage which was very nice. our group also used an upstairs cabin and downstairs cabin. All with wonderful reports and we all slept well on the comfortable beds. The hot tub was a treat as well. But do take insect repellant. Those mossies were plentiful.
We walked out to Duncan Bay after staying two nights. A very restful and wonderful time. The hosts were such warm genuine people. Thank you for sharing your paradise with us. We will be back.

Room Tip: Train carriage has ensuite, but smaller beds. Cabins all comfortable. But all look good, clean and...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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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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