We stayed at Westhaven Lodge for 3 nights recently and it was only just enough time to hit the highlights. We will go back and stay longer and do some fishing, kayaking and further walks.
We stay at 2 lodges in NZ each year and Westhaven is by far on every count the best lodge we have stayed at. The location, the drive to the lodge, the remoteness, the physical lodge itself, the food and family nature of the operation make it very unique and should be on everyones list for that special ocassion or just a retreat away from the rest of the world. The scenery is just stunning due to the ruggedness of the area but the beauty of the forest and rocks was neverending. The many walks are varied and take in great views of the inlet and the everchanging coastline.
The food was a real treat with the Austrian European influence but Monika prepared any food to our liking. The 4pm Austrian afternoon tea cake was something special to look forward to.
The scenic drive to the lodge was along the inlet road over many causeways which is also the school bus route and we stopped many times for photos of the inlet, causeways and spectacular scenery.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Relax and revive on an extraordinary beautiful coastal peninsular in luxury and style. The pure natural beauty and variety of scenery will leave you astounded. The Lodge itself is described as an architectural delight was hand built by its owners. All rooms perfectly appointed to enjoy the endless panoramic views over the Bay. The Lodge offers all facilities for your relaxation, from hydrotherapy spa, infrared sauna, 24 meter swimming indoor pool, massage and beauty treatments. To keep our guest entertained we have a big selection of outdoor activities. Hiking trails, Kayaking tours, Quad bike tours, Scenic helicopter Flights, Boat fishing charters, Maori flax weaving workshops and llama craft workshops. There is something here for everyone. From tidal bores, to dramatic cliffs, huge sea caves, offshore rocks and secluded beaches, Westhaven shows the best of New Zealand nature and wildlife. With the Westhaven Family as your hosts we offer intimate warm hospitality with our delicious cuisine. All your senses will be nurtured at Westhaven Retreat, ensuring that you will have a truly memorable stay with us. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Westhaven Luxury Lodge Collingwood, New Zealand - Golden Bay