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“Abode in the forest...magic sleep”

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Wairua Lodge - Rainforest River Retreat
Ranked #2 of 42 Whitianga B&B and Inns
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Sydney, Australia
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“Abode in the forest...magic sleep”
Reviewed 30 August 2013

Picture this !! Your lodging is a B&B anchored amid 15 acres of native forest, flanked by creeks and swimming holes. We found our studio,cosy to the max with the swimming river a drop away.
Breakfast was wonderful with lovely table setting. We love natural settings without crowds,so sleep was assured with the bird life at twilight amazing.
Be aware this is a retreat, not a place to slip out for night life. The unsealed road,will probably dissuade you from driving at nocturnal hours. Its a short distance,by the way.
Tip-top spot and very reasonable

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thames, New Zealand
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Reviewed 12 July 2013

stayed here near the end of june booking the river deck suite just the best plenty of room and so peaceful the only sound was the stream down below.we will return and any one else should come here.the swimming holes are choice and the native bush is the best for the tuis up close and the native wood pigeon what a picture

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 June 2013

Bit late on writing a review. We stayed here in early 2012, the only thing that let it down was the rain!!! Great place, loved it, would definitely recommend it to anyone, such a lovely relaxing location.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 11 May 2013

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.
Thank you.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 April 2013

My husband and I had 8 wonderful days relaxing at this beautiful place. The hosts, Tam and Charles are very welcomig and have so much helpful information about the area. Wairua Lodge is within easy reach of all the beautiful beaches and walks nearby, but also only 12 minutes from the delightful town of Whitianga, with acess to the sea, boats and good places to eat.

Wairua Lodge itself is set in an idylic bush setting, with many little hidden areas in the garden to sit in. There are also pretty bush walks and secluded swiiming holes to swim in. The spa and bush bath were a wonderful way to relax at the end of each day. Charles lights flares and candles in all the outside areas every evening to add a touch of magic to the whole atmosphere...very special.
The rooms are well appointed and very comfortable.
We will be back!

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 26 March 2013

This is a very special place. Maximum of 6 rooms (4 king rooms en suite & river suite which has 1 king & queen with own kitchen/lounge). The setting is beautiful, luscious bush with rivers and streams, which Owners Tam & Charlie have made various nature walks through. Incredible sounds of nature can be heard.
It has a shared kitchen/dining room for the king rooms to use if needed.
things that you need to do there, besides relaxing and going for walks that is, is to book an hour in the large spa pool, take a drink with you and chill out.
The best thing to do though is the treetop bath - this is the piste de resistance. Beautifully set up to overlook lit up bush and a stream. It is private and covered. It is big enough for two and there are candles and a choice of music if you choose to use it. however it is also great for one with a glass of wine and a book!
Tam & Charlie are great hosts and are really helpful and friendly.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 March 2013

Just got back from a long weekend staying in the Hidden Valley Lodge and I just had to write a review to say just how much I loved this little B&B! The hosts, Tam and Charlie were wonderfully friendly and so helpful, the location was great for visiting both Coromandel Town and Whitianga and there were some fun little walks to do on the property too. I couldn't have asked for a nicer place to stay to celebrate my Birthday!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Wairua Lodge - Rainforest River Retreat
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
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Ranked #2 of 42 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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