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“Great spot, great food, great hosts!”
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Te Whau Lodge
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Waiheke Island
Cuq Toulza, France
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“Great spot, great food, great hosts!”
Reviewed 10 August 2009

After using trip advisor for our trips for the last few years I though I should write a review for this Lodge since it is one of the best places to stay we know of!
This was our third visit to Te Whau Lodge and will definitely not be the last!!
We were reccomended the lodge when organising our first trip to New Zealand and we are really thankfull to Lauraine Jacobs for doing so.

The lodge is build on a hill overlooking the bay and the town of Auckland with the views becoming particularily dramatic in the evening when we can see the city lights under the most amazing sky.

This is the time when we are served the appetizers on the deck, drinking some delicious NZ wine. Then Gene explains - in a remarcable way- what he has prepared for dinner, before sitting at the dinner table for yet another memorable meal.

The rooms are spacious and well proportioned, all with terraces and cd players (we have already stayed in three out of the four rooms)

Liz is very helpful with information about the island, the wineries, and all the other places to visit on the island. (The te Whau vineyard is just a few meters down the road)

We really felt like staying with friends and this is why we keep going there although Waiheke is too far away from home!!!

  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 April 2009

We recently spent three nights at Te Whau and it was a highlight of our trip to Australia and New Zealand. Gene and Liz are fantastic hosts and Gene's cooking is excellent. Great sunsets looking back at Auckland. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Los Gatos, California
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Reviewed 9 February 2007

Quite simply, this little lodge tucked into a hillside on the charming Waiheke Island, is world class. Our hosts, Gene and Liz, were friendly, engaging, and absolutely accomodating to everything. The rooms are perfect, very comfortable, very modern, very well designed, very well appointed, and all with stunning views of the valley and water below. As much as the lodge itself will take your breath away with its incredible views, and architectural design notes, Gene's food in the kitchen may be the killer feature of this place. Breakfast is included, but you MUST have dinner there as well. Every meal is three courses. Even breakfast! And the food is absolutely divine. Pre-dinner canapes were complimentary - chicken/veal pate, olive tapanade bruschetta, goat cheese and caramelized onion pastries - with a great bottle of Chardonnay to whet our appetites. Dinner was lamb and rosemary potato, perfectly paired local 05 Syrah. We lingered at the table after dinner over dessert (ricotta mascarpone with fresh berries) and tea. There's not much to do on Waiheke Island, but it's a wonderful getaway. We can't wait for a chance to go back, even if just for a night or two. Oh yeah, Te Whau is pronounced "Tea Faux". Took us about 2 days to figure that out. :)

  • Liked — The food is amazing
  • Disliked — Nothing, everything was awesome
  • Stayed November 2006, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 2 February 2007

A great place to stay with a warm welcome and wonderful views.

Exquisite breakfasts with fabulous dinners on request, but you should probably save some room for lunch or dinner at the renowned Te Whau Winery Restaurant a 15 minute walk down the road, where even the bar snacks are incredible.

Gene and Liz make you very welcome in their contemporary lodge with a discerning modern elegance. Great comfort in a relaxing environment.

We will definitely be back the next time we hit Auckland.

Stayed December 2006
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 10 January 2006

We stayed at the "lodge" for two very short nights. The owners, who also cook you breakfast and dinner (for an additional charge) are amazing. Lodging on this Island and at this lodge is like taking a step back in time, maybe how Maui was in the 50's, but with all updated amenities and conveniences. The lodge is approximately 5-6 years old.

If you tend to be a bit non-social, like us, you must have dinner here one night. The two owners make you feel very special and put you at instant ease with the other guests (there was a total of 8 of us the night we dined in).

Our room had a King size bed, open shower (mid century, but in a new era), incredible towels, amenities, stereo system, linens, etc....

Make certain you book early as they only have a few rooms and they go quick! Take their suggestions for day trips, as they know the surrounding area very well. Waiheke is just starting to become popular so go before the masses.

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Reviewed 9 December 2005

this is an amazing place. the views of the bay are phenomenal. the food is out of this world. we loved it.

  • Stayed December 2005
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Reviewed 2 March 2004

This place was BY FAR the highlight our trip!!!! I don't even know where to start...The setting is beautiful, on top of a hill, overlooking a small bay. All rooms have king sized bed facing the ocean, with private balcony....beautifully decorated...but the "star" of this place is the food....we had hors-d'oeuvres...amazing...paired with local chardonnay and then moved on to dinner which consisted of gazpacho, rack of Vennisson, fish, salad and vegetables (all of these paired with amazing local wines). The meal was ended with (ultra) fresh fruit tart and whipped cream...BUT WAIT' THERE'S MORE!!! the next morning breakfast was just as amazing....the hosts Liz & Gene are ultra nice...this place is DEFFINETLY a MUST on your NZ ittinerary!!!

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Property: Te Whau Lodge
Address: 36 Vintage Lane | Te Whau Point, Waiheke Island 1971, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Waiheke Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Waiheke Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Te Whau Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 4
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