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“Wonderful lodge with beautiful serenity!”
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Greenhill Lodge
Ranked #3 of 18 Hotels in Hastings
Newport Beach, California
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“Wonderful lodge with beautiful serenity!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2009

My partner and I recently returned from a 9 day surprise anniversary holiday excursion to New Zealand, during which we stayed our last 2 nights at the Greenhill Lodge. (We previously stayed 1 night at the Westin Auckland, 3 nights at the Spire Hotel in Queenstown, and 2 nights at the Wharekauhau Lodge in Wairarapa.) We prefer to stay in out of the way boutique properties, or in city hotels like the Four Seasons or Ritz Carleton or comparable luxury hotels. Greenhill is a wonderful boutique lodge in a rural area adjacent to the winery region of Hawke's Bay, and we absolutely loved it.

First, the location is exquisite. You are perched high on the top of a hillside looking out onto the pastures and rolling hills in every direction. Lambs and sheep are everywhere around you. You feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. That being said, it was only a 15-20 minute drive to many of the wineries in the Hawke's Bay wine region.

Second, the lodge, itself, is beautiful. Restored Victorian manor house, as previously stated, and the owners, Neil and Craig, did a great job making it feel comfortable and traditional yet with a chic clean decor style that showed very well. We were one of only 2 couples the first night, and the only couple there for our second night, so we really felt like it was our own little place away from home.

We stayed in the Villa Suite separate from the main lodge, which was more like a cottage unto itself. We had a nice living room and dining area, as well as a master bedroom and bath and separate bedroom with 2 twin beds, as well as another full bath and a spacious kitchen/bar. We used the 2nd bedroom as a staging area for our clothes. The master was small and cozy, and the master bath was small, as well, but since we had the additional full bath, we each had our own bathroom/shower, so it didn't feel cramped. (IHad we been a family of four, though, it might have been a wee bit more crowded.) We had a huge deck looking out onto unobstructed views of the surrounding country, with grazing lambs often coming right up to the deck. There was a separate deck with an English style bathtub off the master bedroom. Very cute. Very chic decor amidst a very traditional cottage setting. It really was a cute place to stay--we felt like we were renting our own small cottage, rather than staying at a lodge. It was just a short 2 minute walk to get to the Lodge, itself.

Service was great. The owners, Craig and Neil, were both gracious hosts. Trevor, their manager, was also wonderfully warm and hospitable. Whenever we needed anything, they were more than happy to help of give suggestions.

Food was altogether good if not great. We had wonderful breakfasts each morning, and they were more than happy to oblige our varied requests off the menu. Dinners were 3 or 4 course affairs, and they generally were great--though my partner's chicken the first night was just OK. (My lamb, not surprisingly, was fantastic.) However, when we realized the price for the dinners, I must confess that they didn't quite measure up to some of the best restaurants we visited while in New Zealand. Good but not great, again. The food at Wharekauhau was definitely a bit better, but we still enjoyed the food and dining at Greenhill.

We were in Hawke's Bay to do wine tasting, and the wineries were wonderful. We had a private guide who was sensational--Yvonne Marie Lorkin, a New Zealand wine columnist and consultant, who was warm, engaging, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable about the country's wine industry as a whole. She took us on an amazing tour of the best wineries in Hawke's Bay, along with tastings with the proprietors and winemakers at almost all of those we visited. We really felt like we got the best of Hawke's Bay in Yvonne's hands. If you are visiting, definitely try to arrange to tour with her if she is available.

Otherwise, we didn't do much while at Greenhill but relax and chill out. What a wondeful place to do that!

We highly recommend Greenhill. My partner had originally booked us to stay at the Lodge at Cape Kidnappers, but wisely changed our booking once he reviewed photos and realized it might be a bit too formal and traditional for us. Greenhill was a nice combination of great service, extremely remote locale with great access to Hawke's Bay, with a traditional feel and yet reasonably chic decor and style all blended together. I also felt that Greenhill offered us the New Zealand cottage/homestead feel far more than other accommodation might have been able to provide, particularly because we stayed in the Villa Suite. We lacked wireless internet in the Villa Suite, which frustrated us again, but that didn't preclude us from enjoying our stay at all, of course. (The Lodge has wireless, of course.)

We would highly recommend Greenhill Lodge, though we might encourage them to consider better pricing for their dinner menu. All in all, we really enjoyed our stay there and would certainly consider staying there again if our travels ever brought us back to Hawke's Bay.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2008

This is a really great place to stay. The owners, Neil and Craig, make you feel very welcome and cannot do enough for you. Their life is made easier by Helen and Trevor (and the fabulous chef whose name escapes me for now ).

We stayed there for 3 nights over Easter and ate there for 2 of those nights (on the third night we were meeting friends otherwise we would have eaten there). The wine and food is delicious.

Highlights include: a beautiful and peaceful location, close enough to all the vineyards, and the towns of Napier, Hastings and Havelock North, Helen - who is in charge of breakfast and is charming (one morning she went out of her way to get us a lunch booking at a vineyard - no mean feat on Easter Monday - and organised our entire day for us), Trevor's afternoon tea - just the ticket after a day out - always accompanied by shortbread or something else tasty.

Disadvantages: there aren't really any. Obviously, if you want a nightclub then this area is not for you?!

In terms of price, a stay at any of the NZ lodges is a treat; compared to a motel or chain hotel you do pay top dollar. Having said that at Greenhill everything we ate or drank was included so the bill did not come as a surprise. Also, the motels and chain motels in NZ (while clean and functional) do not tend to be places you want to spend much time at during the day/afternoon. At Greenhill you can be as lazy or active as you like. Most of the guests seemed to go out after breakfast and came back mid afternoon for tea and a rest before drinks and canapes in the lounge!

We will go back one day (hopefully soon).

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  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2008

We stayed here over Christmas 2007 and thoroughly agree with the other great reviews posted on Tripadvisor. The location is just fabulous and the accommodation was among the best we experienced during our NZ trip. The food and wine were first class throughout, we were very well looked after and we were very sad to leave on Boxing Day. We even received a lovely gift of local olive oil, which is excellent. If you are travelling near Hastings come and stay here.

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  • Stayed December 2007, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2007

This is a beautiful renovation of a spectacular farmhouse set on top of a hill overlooking a Napa-valleyesque surrounding. Hawkes Bay wineries are reachable within minutes, and Hastings and N. Hadlock ( a cute little town) are both available for nice dining. But, you need not go far for great food. The breakfasts and dinners were first class there, as were the accomodations. Rooms were very comfortable and charming. The house is beautifully decorated and meticulously cared for. The grounds are stunning.

Napier, the town that was rebuilt in art deco style after the devastating 1931 earthquake, is about a half hour drive away.

The hosts, Neil and Craig, could not be nicer, and although we had the luxury of no other guests the evening we were there, they both took the time to make us feel at home and have a couple of glasses of wine with us. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone traveling in NZ. Its first class through and through.

  • Liked — the staff and the home
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2005

This charming Victorian estate is situated on the crest of a small, but commanding knoll surrounded by rolling lush green hills dotted with grazing sheep. We couldn't have imagined a more welcoming experience starting with the tree-lined entrance lane up the hill which was guarded by mason lions. The building sits majestic with its red roof and white walls contrasting against the green valleys; its tower reaching up to offer a full view of the surrounding countryside all the way to the ocean.

We thoroughly enjoyed the innkeepers, their hospitality and fine cooking. Their interior decor shows they have great taste, mixing newer and more modern pieces of furniture with the victorian bones of the building. They make it work by tying local New Zealand native pieces into the fabric of the design. Friendly and inviting they gave us fantastic recommendations for our visit.

Among the most impressive points about this property is its location. We webbed out from the estate in all directions, embibing at the varous wineries and sight-seeing throughout the region. The local dining is fantastic and you'll find yourself debating as to whether you want to "go out to dinner" or dine in on the innkeepers' faire. Either way, you'll go to bed stuffed and satisfield.

We cannot say enough about this property and we have recommended it to many friends and to many business acquaintances. Likewise, we extend to you our positive impression and wonderful experience of the place. Go there and enjoy yourselves.

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Property: Greenhill Lodge
Address: 103 Green Hill Road, Hastings 4174, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Hawke's Bay Region > Hastings
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 18 Hotels in Hastings
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Greenhill Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A gracious, elegant and historic country homestead located just 25 minutes to Napier and 15 minutes to either Havelock North or Hastings, ideally situated in the heart of New Zealand's food and wine country with over 50 wineries, local farmers markets and organic produce stores nearby.Greenhill is an opulent yet tranquil retreat, situated on a hilltop overlooking lush farm and grazing land.Having hosted English royalty this historic homestead houses two luxurious suites and two elegant guest rooms, most of which open to wide verandas and sensational views over magnificent gardens with historic mature trees. A private Cottage set apart from the lodge offers two bedrooms and two ensuite bathrooms with an elegant lounge and a luxurious outside bath. Behind the lodge lies a swimming pool, croquet lawn and a flourishing private orchard with a herb garden.Greenhill offers the finest luxury lodge experience in Hawke's Bay. ... more   less 
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