We stayed at LEL for two nights while touring through the Northlands. Upon arrival, we were greeted by David and Polly. They gave us a quick tour and gave us some good advice regarding local activities.
Each morning we were awoken by the birds in the trees and the crowing of the rooster. A pleasant change from the noise of the city.
Our room was spacious and the bed was comfy. We were a bit chilly the second night, but turning on the in room heater solved that dilemma.
There are a number of outdoor activities within a short walk of LEL, including a hike to Whangarei falls and the Abbey Caves.
The kitchen and lounge are located in a separate cottage. While we pretty much had the kitchen to ourselves, there appeared to be plenty of space for a much larger crowd.
Overall, LEL was an excellent spot to base ourselves while visiting the Northlands. We would highly recommend LEL to anyone looking for time away.
- 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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