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Wairua Lodge - Rainforest River Retreat
Ranked #4 of 42 Whitianga B&B and Inns
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Canberra,
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“What an amazing place”
Reviewed 28 March 2010

My husband and I spent a couple of nights at Wairua for our wedding anniversary on a recommendation from a friend. We were holidaying from Australia and found the Kiwi hospitality from Tam & Charlie brilliant. They were very welcoming and helpful with local knowledge.
The lodge itself is pretty amazing, nestled in the valley, it takes your breath away when you drive up to it.
Our accommodation was great, the king bed was comfortable and the rooms are very clean and tastefully decorated with everything you need for a short break.
The spa and swimming holes were an added bonus and helped make our trip nice and relaxing.
All in all it was a really enjoyable couple of nights and we would definitely recommend it. Hope to get back there one day...
Jess & Tim, Canberra Australia

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 16 March 2010

The Wairua Lodge exceeded our expectations. We had a weekend getaway package including the ferry from Auckland and it was a perfect hassle-free way to get out of the city.
The hosts Tam & Charles are great and go out of their way to make the experience even better.
The location is amazingly beautiful and the atmosphere very relaxing. The rooms are cozy and tastefully done.
Highly recommended!

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 9 March 2010

Working for a year in NZ. We're dedicated 'spoilt' tourists having stayed in increasingly fancy locations over the years but Wairua (especially the riverside suite) is definitely up there- very special. Go before the place moves upmarket and gets expensive! Worth it for the tree-top bath and the swimming holes alone.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Beijing
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Reviewed 5 March 2010

We stayed at Wairua lodge with our five kids and couldn't have chosen a better place in the Coromandel area. The drive to the lodge itself is kind of an adventure and once you arrive, it seems you're in paradise : the location is fantastic, in the middle of nature, right above a small river where you can swim, with quiet and romantic corners in the garden where you can have a drink, read or just dream while your children are playing around. Our apartment was huge, modern, elegant, with all the amenities you can expect in a luxury hotels but the feeling you were "at home". Above all, our hosts were among the friendliest people we've met in New Zealand : full of attention et good advices. They had prepared for us a excellent family dinner on arrival and organize for the kids a "night walk" by the river they will never forget. Our only regret is that we couldn't stay longer...

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with family
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Darwin, Australia
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Reviewed 23 February 2010

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.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with family
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Liverpool
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Reviewed 18 February 2010

What I find. My daughter booked this for us and I wondered at first what we had come to but oh how it proved to be a fantastic relaxing few days. Just sorry be didn't have time to stay longer. The lodges are comfortable, homely and peaceful. The valley setting is wonderful with plenty of wildlife to watch especially the morepork owls. The cooking facilities are ideal with either your own BBQ or eating outdoors on the decking area, fantastic. Home from home. Tam and Charles make excellent hosts. Nothing is too much for them.
Thank you

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Copenhagen
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Reviewed 18 February 2010

I can only say good things about 'The hidden Valley'. Besides the amazing surroundings the hosts make you feel welcome and at ease. The rooms are comfortable and with a nice view of the garden. The pictures do not to neither the svimming holes nor the spa/the treetop bathtub justice.
Lying in the Tree top bathroom, which is open towards the forrest, listenings to the birds and the river was spetacular! We also were lucky to see lots of Moreporks (small New Zealand owl). The only thing that could have been better was that there was a little trouble with the hot water. But this was sorted out as soon as they could and we could use the bathtub until the shower was fixed.

If you want a place of tranquilty and beauty stay at the Wairua Lodge! Perfect for honeymoon.

  • Stayed January 2010, 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 #4 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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