We picked Wairua Lodge as our place to stay in the Coromandel area of North New Zealand, and we couldn't have picked a better spot to get away from it all and enjoy some peaceful serenity.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the drive out to Waiura is not for the faint hearted, but it is not that difficult. You just have to concentrate and take care, and you will get there just fine. Tam provides some very good driving directions from Whitianga.
Be aware that there is NO internet, NO television, NO radio or mobile phone reception at Wairua - It is just you and nature with nothing to spoil the experience. Our kids absolutely loved running around the valley and swimming in the waterholes, which are just picturesque. At night, Charles will help you find the elusive Morepork Owls and other wildlife that is prevalent around the lodge. Star gazers take note - the sky at Wairua on a clear night is absolutely astounding!
The kids absolutely loved the warm spa bath, and I myself thoroughly enjoyed the bath in the treetops on our last night there. Tam was a great hostess, and she even provided beach shoes, buckets and spades so that we could enjoy the experience at nearby Hot Beach.
Tip: Do some shopping at Whitianga township before you arrive at the lodge so that you have provisions to cook up when you get there. If you forget there is no problem as Tam and Charles have frozen food packs available if you get desperate, but the Lodge has a fantastic dining and barbeque area which is available for use by guests, and it really is a beautiful, romantic setting when the candles are lit up.
- 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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