My partner drove me to the lodge having managed to keep the relaxing, weekend getaway a complete secret even as we drove down the meandering bush driveway and through the ford.
It is jaw droppingly beautiful here and completely tranquil. My partner could not have planned a better location for me to unwind as a birthday and anniversary surprise. It moved me to tears. I was well in need of a retreat!
As soon as we arrived we were lured into exploring some of the lovely bush tracks, and we traversed down the waterfall track. Although it was autumn I couldn't resist one of the two swimmming holes and it was the perfect way to refresh and invigorate me!
In the evenings, we soaked in the stunning, candlelit, bush bathtub and fell asleep to the sound of the river.
The room was just right for us and breakfasts well received. It was lovely to eat breakfast looking out across the bush and river, near the laden Macadamia tree and with fantails flitting around.
There were other guests staying but we may as well have been the only ones there, it was very peaceful.
We took the short drive to Whitianga, visiting the Lost Spring, cafe's, restaurants and shops. Each time we retured to the lodge it was like driving through a magical gateway to a tranquil retreat.
Pictures do not do this wonderful place justice. Our hosts were completely delightful, helpful and unobtrusive.
I left feeling renewed and relaxed to an extent I have not known for a long time. We are looking forward to returning soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It sits on a sunny ridge in a bush clad valley only 12 kilometres from Whitianga. 4 Hidden Valley snug rooms which gaze across the valley into Coromandel mountains, and The River Deck suite-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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