Stayed here one night on a trip up the East Coast of NZ South Island. The hosts - the two James', who are American ex-pats - were engaging, informative and helpful, arranging premium seating tickets for the penguin viewing. We did not schedule dinner (our mistake) but had canapés and a glass of wine with them before dinner.
Breakfast - cold items, fresh croissants and eggs cooked to order - was excellent.
The lodge has been restored with loving attention to detail and is the common areas and guest rooms are exquisite.
If we had to do it again, rather than spending a night in Auckland, we would stay here two nights and have dinner at the lodge at least one of those nights. It would deb say to spend a half-day poking around Victorian Oamaru and another half-day traveling and walking around the cliffs on the coast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A heritage mansion built in 1889 and converted into a luxury lodge, Pen-y-bryn provides up to ten guests with the utmost in comfort and service, along with gourmet meals. Come enjoy our manicured gardens, vintage billiard room, and epicurean dining, all within view of the Pacific Ocean and the mountains. As of September 2013, our new Qualmark rating is "New Zealand Luxury Lodge", denoting the exceptional facilities and services that our guests can expect to enjoy while staying with us. In October 2015 our three rooms in the Oamaru stone annex building (the Park, Nest and Garden Rooms) will reopen as much larger mini-suites, with satellite television, Nespresso machines and sitting area, as well as larger bathrooms with both shower and bathtubs in each. These rooms will also be equipped with splittable super-king beds that can be split into twin king singles upon request, and a sofabed should a third person wish to share the room (third person at an extra cost). ... more less
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