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“Great spot, but not backpackers accommodation”
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Furneaux Lodge
Reviewed 25 May 2014

This was our first night on the Queen Charlotte walkway and we stayed in the 'backpacker-style' cabins. These were clean, but small with no storage but for the clear floor in front of the tea/coffee station. Our biggest disappointment was to find the shared bathrooms were very basic, bare concrete floor affairs, reminiscent of public toilets of yesteryear. To find that on top of our tariff we needed $2 for a shower was galling, and in the case of the men's not even that could get hot water flowing! There is also no shared kitchen area or fridge in the block. A long ways off what I would call backpacker.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

We stopped in at Furneaux Lodge for lunch while mountain biking the Queen Charlotte Track in the middle of a storm. We pulled in dripping wet and muddy as hell. They invited us in and served us some amazing food and beer. Even though we weren't staying there they washed and dried all our super muddy riding gear while we ate. What amazing service!

  • Stayed: May 2014
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1  Thank TheKuus
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

We stayed here on our first night of a 4 day walk along the Queen Charlotte Track. The rooms were nothing special but warm, dry & with all the amenities you need.
The bar & restaurant area were very welcoming, and would have been fantastic if they had the fire going.
The food & service were very good and they had the best music playing all night.

Room Tip: Water facing self-contained units are the best.
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank exhostieAdelaide
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

We attended a family wedding at furneaux the service, weather and setting could not have been better. But thought the new apartments were overpriced with only tea and coffee making facilities and a very small fridge.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

We paid 96 nzd for a hikers cabin of a size of approx. 4 square metres. The "bathroom" was outside and had the flair of a camping site. We had to pay 2 nzd extra each, to get a warm shower, again with the feeling as if you were staying on a regular camping site instead of a pricy lodge.
Food however was good, actually, for us, it had the best value for money on Queen Charlotte Track.
To sum up: good for eating. But don't stay there for the night.

  • Stayed: March 2014
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2  Thank MariMice
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

Set on expansive grounds in an idyllic location, Furneaux was probably, once, the place to stay in Endeavour Inlet. It still has a pulse but desperately needs resuscitation. No complaints with the bar/restaurant in the main homestead building. We were provided with good service (well done Mitch) and decent food in a lovely setting. However, the accommodation is sub-standard. We stayed in one of the chalets which apparently were built in the early seventies and have seen very little love since. The bathrooms, in particular, were disgraceful with cracked and missing tiles, broken fittings and a layer of mould that smelled badly when wet. It wouldn't take much effort to bring it up to the standard befitting the price charged. Let's hope it happens soon.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

I've been here two times for lunch in the last 2 months, and both times the food was really nice. Great flavours and presentation. The service is pretty good, and wait times for food has been quite short both times. The actual restaurant feels very dark and cold and could benefit from some better lighting. The property is very nice and provides a relaxed atmosphere.

Some things that got to me were the golf cart that they use to transport guests bags is hideously disgusting. Ripped upholstery and in a completely unprofessional state. Staff members on a day off where loudly ripping about in a motorized dinghy around the wharf.
There was rubbish, bottles and bird crap all over the wharf where all walkers, and guests a-like have to wait for the cougarline.

This place has great potential and hopefully they can make it as nice as their food.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Furneaux Lodge

Address: Endeavour Inlet | Queen Charlotte Sound, 7250, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 84 Speciality Lodging in Marlborough Region
Price Range: £104 - £202 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Furneaux Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled at the head of Endeavour Inlet in heart of New Zealand’s stunning Marlborough Sounds, Furneaux Lodge is a boutique hotel in the outer Queen Charlotte Sound. It looks out over the calm, clear water of the bay, embraced by virgin native forest, unchanged since Captain Cooks first visit in the inlet in 1769. Here at the lodge, the pace is easy, comfortable and relaxed. Ideal for the complete retreat. ... more   less 
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