We found the Kaiuma - Nydia an enjoyable walk, if taxing at times, so the warm welcome we received from Tom on our arrival at "On the Track" gave us an indication of what was in store for us. While we looked around the grounds- excellent vegetable garden, and interesting historic artifacts, he brought out two large jugs of ice-cold water with lemon slices, followed by generous slices of Norma's delicious carrot cake and a bottomless supply of coffee.
We were invited to use the outdoor hot tub -a great way to relax. The rooms were scrupulously clean and gave out onto good views, and the beds very comfortable.
We then met Norma, a most gracious and witty hostess and a superb cook, as we were to find out at dinner.
I was very pleased to meet Duncan, who was every bit as warm a host and as patient in person as he had been in answering my several telephone inquiries.
Dinner was an excellent meal- several varieties of salads, roast vegetables, the nicest baked salmon that I have every tasted and a suitable desert- light and tasty.
Breakfast was up to the same standard and the lunches, individually wrapped and bagged were more than enough to sustain us on the easier climb to the Nydia Saddle and then down to Duncan Bay.
The Lodge was reasonably full on the night we stayed and our group were so impressed in Duncan, Tom and Norma's skill in remembering everyone's name and spending time with each group of guests.
There is also a pleasant lounge with a wide variety of books we were encouraged to chose from.
We think the Lodge is up to the standard of anywhere we had ever been to and they are gifted hosts. I will certainly be recommending to my guests that we spend time at the Lodge- whether by walking in or boating in, at their choice.
We were pleasantly surprised at the low tariff for the quality of service, facilities and food, considering that the cost included cost of travelling into Kaiuma and out from Duncan Bay.
- 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