I stayed in the cottage for 4 nights at the end of May and thought I made an excellent choice. I had never been to Waiheke and it was the last weekend of my working holiday, so I wanted to relax a bit before flying back home.
Dyan was extremely helpful in answering my questions when I called to book and a gracious and accommodating hostess throughout my stay. Since I wanted to cook my own food, Dyan suggested I might be happier in the cottage (which has a full kitchen) than in the studio (which has a kitchenette) if I didn't mind its quirks. I found out that the cottage gets quite cold and damp when it rains, which it did about half the time I was there. The cottage has a space heater in the living room area only. The bathroom at the far end of the cottage is most affected on rainy days. This didn't really bother me, as I am accustomed to older, uninsulated buildings, but those accustomed to hotel rooms may not like it. Extra blankets were available if I had wanted them. The cottage overall was quite spacious and comfortable for me, and the price was very reasonable. I didn't make use of the BBQ grill on my very large porch, but I did sit outside several times and enjoy the weather when it was good. My kitchen was thoughtfully stocked with 2 kinds of coffee, black tea bags, sugar, and carafes of milk and water in the fridge. If you separate your compost and recycling from garbage like I did, they will gladly accept this. :)
I didn't have a car, so the ability to get around on foot and use public transport was important. The location of the lodge was a short walk from a bus stop and a beach, and just 12 minutes to the center of Oneroa - I had no problem getting around. I took the bus to the Saturday market in Ostend, where there is also a Countdown supermarket just a short walk down the road from the market grounds. There are also several walks/hikes nearby that take anywhere from 10 minutes to several hours. Make sure to ask for your tea and cakes when you get back - they're not to be missed! If you're going to be back after dusk to the cottage, turn on the outdoor side light before you go (the swith is located on the bedroom wall near the bathroom door); the path is hard to see and the stairs a little treacherous in the dark, especially when they're wet.
The taxi service between the ferry and the lodge was very prompt. I was very appreciative of this service being included in the price of the room.
I see a previous reviewer mentioned the cats and dog. They are very sweet, and I really enjoyed being greeted (or ignored mostly in the case of the cats) when entering the lodge. Although their presence doesn't seem to be mentioned directly, there is a pet-friendly unit available and Spud (the dog) is in several of the photos on the website.
I would highly recommend Punga Lodge to anyone and hope to get back there one day myself.
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