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Wairua Lodge - The Hidden River Valley
Ranked #5 of 41 Whitianga B&B and Inns
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Melbourne
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“Perfect setting to unwind”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2012

We loved the bush land setting and wished we could have enjoyed more than one night - maybe next time! The hosts Tam & Charles were very down to earth and made us feel comfortable from the start. We had originally booked a Queen Snug but as there was a King Snug available we were given a free upgrade which was great, as the king came with its own BBQ on the adjoining patio. The communal lounge/kitchen area was a great added feature and as we were the only guests that night had it all to ourselves. We were also able to enjoy the large spa pool on our own while gazing up at the sky and enjoying a glass of wine. Breakfast provisions of toast, jams, cereals, teas etc were provided also which worked in well with our self cooked BBQ the next morning. I would highly recommend bringing some provisions as you will need to drive up and down a winding, unmade road to access the property, which may be a little daunting for less confident night drivers. I would only make one suggestion for improvement to the hosts; the towels in the rooms could really do with replacing. Otherwise, we had a very pleasant stay and would happily return.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2012

If you know you need to go bush but want to do it in style and comfort then this is the ideal location. Wonderful features with the outdoor bath and spa pool, reading areas, swimming holes and indoor facilities catering to your every need while relaxing. Great hosts who are there when you need them and yet you could enjoy the privacy and quiet you would hope for from this glorious location in the midst of N.Z's bush. We'll be returning!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2012

The Wairua Lodge in the Hidden Valley B&B is just that – about 10km out of Whitianga - it is in an isolated valley surrounded by forest. The rooms are small and motel-like with not-very-private verandahs but this is offset by the great location. The property has a creek meandering through it and we went for a swim in one of the private waterholes. We also went for fascinating walks in the steep forest leading down to the creek.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2012

If you like quiet, remote, and beautiful (and you have a little adventure in you) this place tops the chart. The owners Tam and Charles are wonderful hosts! They go above and beyond to make sure you are comfortable. The outside bath house is absolutely wonderful. A glass of wine, Pink Floyd in the background, and nothing separating you form the forest; life at its best. Just writing this review makes me feel sad that this is a story told from the past, as I wish I was there in the present. Tam and Charles, I don't know if you remember us, but we will certainly never forget you, the "easy" walks up the streams, and the Wairua lodge.

Josh and Paulina

P.S. We did make it out to White Island after all (with great weather)!

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2012 via mobile

From the moment we arrived at Wairua lodge and had to drive through a shallow river, we knew it was special.
We stayed in one of the cabin rooms, which was furnished beautifully and very cosy.
The weather was a bit rainy when we arrived but we still had a brilliant time swimming in the river at the lodge, we then warmed up in the spa pool!
The hosts were very friendly, helpful and professional. The breakfast was delicious and I would recommend Wairua lodge to anyone.
We plan on returning later this year with my parents when they visit New Zealand.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2012

We spent the final night of our NZ road trip at Wairua Lodge and it was by far the highlight of our trip. It being the beginning of the off season, we had the entire lodge to ourselves. We were greeted with a warm and friendly welcome by Charles and Tam who showed us around the property. It is quite amazing how they have crafted this special place that fits snuggly into the natural landscape and very suiting that they call their rooms "snugs". The essence of the lodge was one which celebrates the beauty of the environment and the wildlife that inhabits it. The night was magical and adventurous with torches lit across the property and access to the outdoor bath under the stars and the spa with our own personal torch. We had access to the barbecue, kitchen and sitting area complete with a variety of current reading material, dvds and games. The owners seemed to have thought of everything imaginable that would make ones stay special, as it really is the little touches that count the most. The night in the snug was cozy and warm and we were free to remain at the property to enjoy the various hikes the next day. Charles crafted many of the hikes himself, one of which we did which was a climb up various waterfalls. The Wairua Lodge was truly a special and magical place and we would be so thrilled to be able to stay again in future.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Auckland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

We happened upon Wairua Lodge by chance. One of my prerequisites for a 'mini-moon' was that it needed to have an outside bath. So I did a Google search and Wairua Lodge popped up. It not only had an outside TREETOP bathhouse, but also a hot tub/spa - bonus! After months of organising our wedding and having family staying, we also wanted somewhere we could just 'stop' and do nothing. With no mobile or TV reception Wairua Lodge was perfect. Our King Snug was lovely, with all that we wanted, and Tam, Charles and Zachary (the cat) were super friendly and accommodating. We'd definitely recommend Wairua Lodge to anyone wanting to escape the noise and bustle of the city, and get back to nature :-)

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Wairua Lodge - The Hidden River Valley
Address: 251 Old Coach Road, Whitianga 3591, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Coromandel Peninsula > Whitianga
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 41 B&Bs / Inns in Whitianga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wairua Lodge sits on a sunny ridge in a bush clad valley only 12 kilometres from Whitianga. 4 double rooms look out across the valley into Coromandel mountains, and the Kiwi Apartment is a 2 bedroom fully self contained suite, overhanging a bushclad ravine.Swim in the river, walk the nature trails,soak in the Treetops bath house or in the Night sky spa pool.Centrally located for all days trips around The Coromandel. ... more   less 
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