Guided by the Lonely Planet, we decided to stay at the Little Earth Lodge on our trip around the Northland. The lodge is out in the middle of nowhere, or so it seems - it's about a 10 minute drive from Whangarei. The actual lodge is beautiful and spotless, and we took advantage of the free equipment to go exploring the Abbey Caves - worth it to stay here just to do this, I'd say! The Abbey Caves were filled with glowworms, and you could go pretty deep into the caves - as long as you don't mind wading ankle deep in water in the dark. They do need to keep their equipment maintained, however; my headlamp was nearly out of juice.
The only thing disappointing about the lodge was my sleep that night. The wooden bed was quite squeaky; I woke up numerous times in the night since everytime I rolled over, the bed would squeak. Something hopefully the owners will address!
All in all lovely atmosphere at this backpackers. I would recommend to others (but I would warn about this squeaky bed).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just 6km from Whangarei in a tranquil valley setting, Little Earth Lodge is a small, purpose hostel that offers travellers quality rooms and cabins for reasonable rates. Set in beautiful countryside it is Lonely Planet's "Pick" of Whangarei and has a high BBH rating. The unique modern house has spacious, clean rooms, large peaceful gardens and breathtaking valley views. A luxurious hostel featuring comfortable beds for a great nights sleep. Free wireless internet (Wi-Fi) in every room. A large well equipped kitchen and cosy lounge for guests. Explore the spectacular Abbey Caves just next to the Lodge and see thousands of Glow Worms, a must see for any traveller. Wander in the Rock Forest in the Abbey Caves Reserve and imagine you are in Middle Earth. Nearby is the stunning A H Reed Kauri forest and the awesome walk to Whangarei Falls. Daily dive and snorkel tours to the Poor Knights Islands. Book your dive with us and receive a discount on your room. Well travelled and friendly hosts David and Polly, and Muttie the dog, wait to welcome you to this 'peace' of paradise. ... more less
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