A bit of a mixed review for this one. The Apartment itself was very nicely laid out, comfy bed and good views - I had a Studio Apartment. Not suitable for small children as the garden is not fenced in and there are steps to a river between the beach and apartments which is not ankle deep as described by the owner, more like 2ft deep. You can walk 5 mins up a path to where you can get on the beach without walking through the river, but beware of dog poo around the path and entrance to the beach.
There is a lack of a decent grocery shop nearby which is not mentioned in the description so without a car, self catering would be difficult. Even with a car, Kataia is not that close, about 14 km. Within walking distance, there is a small cafe, where the coffee machine was not working during my week, and a small takeaway which did not appeal.
The owner booked a trip for me up to Cape Reinga on a coach which was fab, picked up from doorstep and only $55. I did ask about boating/fishing but he advised it was expensive and no alternative such as beach fishing offered. The 4x4 trip was also a no-no as the company charge around $700 and do not take mixed parties so if there is only 1 or 2 of you, far too expensive.
I needed to get to a pharmacy and asked for a taxi number, there is only one taxi company and they did not answer the phone over a period of 4 hours calling. Take mosquito repellant and bite med with you!
Did not meet Pauls wife Jenny as she was away so maybe why I did not feel the overly warm welcome most of the other feedback mentions and why no offer of breakfast or evening meal and not a bbq in sight.
I went for a walk and swim leaving the patio door unlocked so I could get back in, to find on return the owner had been in and locked it which was then denied although the room had been cleaned.
All in all, Ahipara has a lovely beach..... maybe better for a 1/2 night stay and not the 4 I was there for.
Opportunities for improvements:
Additional condiments in the apartment such as oil, vinegar, sauces.
Fan in the absence of aircon
Mosquito coils/deterrents (although the owner says they don't have them)
wooden planking across the river
less dog poo
BBQ on patio
Description to include local amenities or lack of
Cleaner toilet in the apartment
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- GEMS Seaside Lodge offers the discerning traveller exceptional lodgings in the jewel of Ahipara, at the base of the 90 Mile Beach. Begin your adventures to Cape Reinga, the Bay of Islands, the Hokianga, and other treasures of Northland, from here. However, there is actually a wealth of activity in Ahipara for you to enjoy. World class surfing at Shipwreck Bay, fabulous fishing (both chartered and surf casting), board paddling, horse-treking, 4 Wheel Driving and Sand Duning are just a few of the many activities available. For those who wish to enjoy a more leisurely experience, there is golf, beach walks, and visits to our very own award-winning vineyards. If you simply prefer rest and refreshment with book in hand, then absorb the beauty of this magnificent beach paradise, with crashing waves, beautiful birdlife, and stunning sunsets, from the comfort of your lodge, as part of your ‘seaside therapy’. ... more less