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“Great place in the winterless North”
Review of GEMS Seaside Lodge

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GEMS Seaside Lodge
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Kerikeri, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Great place in the winterless North”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

An extremely well appointed, clean, quiet and with comfortable beds and separate bathrooms. Absolutely ideal for two couples. We really enjoyed our two night stay and certainly will be back again. Both bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms are identical layouts so each couple is treated equally. Well appointed kitchen/dining/lounge and great elevated view over the beach and you can look up Ninety Mile beach. A real ocean front feel. Great sub tropical gardens & palms. Paul excellent with his suggestions on what to do, where to go and lent us a bucket to the go beach fossicking for Tuatuas at low tide (we failed). Sunsets to die for.... Excellent even in the middle of winter.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 17 June 2014 via mobile

The only downfall was that we could only stay for one night due to work commitments.

We found this gem by pure luck while road tripping in and around the Northland coast.

We were two couples and a baby who stayed and we enjoyed the tranquility and especially the beautiful beach and sea views right on our doorstep.


Our hosts Paul and Jenny were extremely welcoming and helpful and we had a fabulous time stand up paddling and surfing (even though the swell wasn't in our favour) on the beach literally 1 minutes walk from our lounge.


The self contained kitchen is very modern and has every convenience that you need to cook, plus a handy dishwasher.

Enjoy your meals overlooking the beach and river and views of Shipwreck Bay.

We will definitely come back!

A must if you ever find that you're wanting a weekend or even a week away from the city bustle.

P.s the beds are incredibly comfortable and you sleep to the sound of waves and wake up to the sight of nature at its best.

We will be back!

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Whangarei
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

We stayed here for two nights last week in the 1st floor two bedroom apartment. Both apartments have separate entries and are completely self contained. The views of Ahipara beach are stunning especially the sunsets. The property is modern and extremely well equipped.Jenny has an eye for detail and this shows in the little touchs. It is very clean and even has an umbrella outside the door in case of inclement weather. Paul was very helpful especially when SandSafaris forgot to come and pick us up for our Cape Reinga day trip. He telephoned them and sorted it out for us. We would highly recommend staying here.

Room Tip: 2nd floor is on top of owners accomodation. Ground floor apartment is to the side
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Magdeburg, Germany
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Reviewed 23 May 2014

I stayed here with my father, which was the reason we booked the 2 bedroom apartment. On arrival we were greeted by Paul, who showed us to the apartment. He asked if we wanted to use both bedrooms and then gave us extra towels for the second bathroom. They were probably expecting a couple (2 people with the same last name, so its understandable). Paul also asked if we had already made plans, but we were all booked for everything in advance. The apartment was clean and well kept. The kitchen had everything we needed (including plunger coffee). Paul and Jenny stock the refigerator with beer and wine, which you can buy.
The view from the apartment was absolutely stunning. We love the beach, so this was perfect for us, even though we did not spend a lot of time at the apartment.
Ahipara is very small with not many eating or shopping choices. If you don't have a car and only want to hang at the beach, you'll be fine, but otherwise a car would be convenient. There is a take away, small grocery and liquor store in walking distance. There is also a restaurant and a cafe in town, but we did not go to those.

Room Tip: We stayed in the lookout apartment, which is on the top floor. The view was absolutely stunning! It...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

One's soul can breathe easily here - great, expansive beach and ocean, safe swimming and body surfing, virtually infinite walking/running potential along 90 Mile Beach, wonderful sunsets, fabulous view from the upstairs unit, no noise except for the surf, very friendly host - what more could one want? Only downside was having to wade about 10 metres across the not-quite-waist-deep stream to get on to the vast sandy beach (or go the long way around).

Room Tip: The view from upstairs is superb
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Springfield, Illinois
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

Great location, great view, fabulous service, and beautiful accommodations. Paul is a wonderful host, a fine cook , and lots of fun. Would highly recommend. Visit Gumdigger's too! Good food and service there as well.

Room Tip: The two bedroom suites are perfect for traveling couples.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ashburton, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
273 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2014

Where on earth can you beat the West Coast sunsets, remote privacy and luxury accommodation? Beachfront has it all and such warm helpful hosts. We took their advice and had a wonderful tour and the meal at Gum diggers was fantastic. Thank you we will be back.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about GEMS Seaside Lodge

Property: GEMS Seaside Lodge
Address: 14 Kotare Street, Ahipara 0481, New Zealand (Formerly Ahipara Beachfront Accommodation)
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Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Ahipara
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Speciality Lodging in Ahipara
Number of rooms: 2
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 

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