My wife looked at me and said "this is a honeymoon" while we were in the most romantic place of our honeymoon trip through northern NZ.
We were getting a late start along the winding roads of the Coromandel peninsula, and arrived at Wairua Lodge (thanks to Frommers) after sunset. The road in looked like we were entering Jurassic Park, getting progressively smaller until it crosses a small stream and heads uphill to the lodge and cabins. It was so peaceful and idyllic on the other side of that stream. Charles and Tam, upon hearing that we hadn't had dinner yet, brought us a great selection of food from their own kitchen, which we prepared in the well-appointed community kitchen near our room.
My wife was in awe of how gorgeous everything was and felt like we had landed in a magical place. It was the best night of sleep we had in three weeks of traveling (including the south pacific), silent except for the sounds of creek and the calls of morepork owls.
We didn't want to leave the candle-lit bath/spa overlooking a forested hill and creek below — they really know how to do romance!
What was amazing about the Lodge was that it was the nicest place we stayed during our travels, but it was also the least expensive! Such a good value and we really wished we had booked a whole week there.
This is one of those places that you don't really want to tell people about because you want it to remain your little secret. Charles and Tam went above and beyond to make our stay relaxing and they did a fantastic job restoring their piece of paradise. The property is incredible with plenty of hikes and river swimming holes. It is an easy drive to Cathedral Cove & Hot Water Beach but you definitely do not feel like a tourist. You should see my wife's expression when she talks about this place.
- 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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