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Kaimata Retreat
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

We wanted to visit the Otago Peninsula and were looking for a nice small Hotel, as we do not like these big airport-terminal-like Hotels, and we found this gem on the peninsula
There are sometimes places where you are sorry when you have to leave, and The Kaimata retreat is one of these places !! Fantastic Lodge , very small ( 3 rooms ) but very personal, fantastic food by chef Aidan ( chef Pedro had his days off )
The Retreat is located in a remote corner of the peninsula, not too easy to find, but it's worth making the detour and the search :o))

Room Tip: Two Rooms with fantastic sea view, the third partial sea view
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 March 2014

This is a fantastic lodge, well managed by Kyle and Rachel. The drive isn't that bad considering the opportunities that exist on the peninsula. Wildlife is all around you in this eco friendly lodge. And having your own chef in Pedro is the icing on the cake. Definitely should be the place to stay in this area!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

This was in complete contrast to the rest of our lodges/hotels etc. An eco-friendly place there are only three rooms. Two, including ours, faced over a bay with dramatic tide changes exposing sandbanks swarming with bird life. The room had floor to ceiling windows on two sides leading to a wonderful vista.

The weather is changeable with our stay experiencing clear blue skies one day and pouring rain the last one. The drive out is interesting with the last 8km on gravel roads. Do not attempt in the dark. As a result of the drive the lodge is remorse which provides its very charm.

A fire roars in the communal area which also has the kitchen. Now to Pedro who is a delight. He is more than happy to chat as one sips a glass if wine. His food is great and he will discuss the menu the night before or over breakfast. For the early riser it is just a few steps to the kitchen to make coffee or tea. Juices and soft drinks are in the fridge. This obviates the need for any facilities in the room.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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KaimataRetreat, Owner at Kaimata Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2014

Thank you very much for taking the time to write your review of the retreat. We were thinking of you both on the high seas the days following your departure !! A 30 min drive from Dunedin City, the location is a 'bit remote' and the last 10 kms are without street lighting along a gravel road beside the waters edge ... it is recommended to arrive during daylight hours. Best regards.

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Reviewed 22 February 2014

The Otaga peninsula is a nature and out door lovers retreat. Kyle and Rachel along with their chefs Pedro and Danielle make your stay comfortable and as action packed as you like. The drive out from Dunedin is a bit on the dicey side, although after doing it once it did seem so bad. The views are magnificent and the seals, sea lions and even the occasional penguin are entertaining. The dinners are optional however Pedro makes them special with fresh and locally foraged ingredients. We thought the rooms were a tad small relative to the web pictures, but nothing to quibble about.

Stayed: February 2014
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KaimataRetreat, Owner at Kaimata Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2014

Thank you very much for providing a review of Kaimata we appreciate your feedback. The low road bends and curves around harbourside bays only a few metres above the foreshore. Some guests have suggested the lack of traffic barriers along the seawalls makes an interesting drive out. Then your last few km is narrow gravel road near to estuary wetland edges. A very scenic drive for bird watchers. Thank you for staying we are pleased you enjoyed this location, the lodge and chefs food and company.

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Reviewed 21 February 2014

The drive from Dunedin -- whether by the high road or the low road -- is challenging, and when you arrive at Kaimata you will not want to leave. Rachel and Kyle have built a lovely retreat, with magnificent views, tasteful rooms, and a warm welcome. Breakfasts and dinners are delicious, and the chefs will accommodate your needs. Kyle's love for the nature that surrounds the retreat is evident.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Metsfan08
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KaimataRetreat, Owner at Kaimata Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2014

Thank you very much for contributing a review for Kaimata Retreat. It was a pleasure to host you and we do we appreciate your staying with us. Both roads are impressive on their own merits, enjoy the changing scenery, and once you arrive at the lodge sit back with a glass of wine (or a cup of tea and home baking if early afternoon ..) and relax for a time. Thank you again for your feedback and hope your New Zealand travels were altogether fabulous.

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