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Wairua Lodge - Rainforest River Retreat
Ranked #2 of 42 Whitianga B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Rotorua
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“I want to move there!”
Reviewed 17 April 2010

Wairua lodge is an amazingly stunning place....we arrived to the loge two hours behind "schedual" and it was one of the most amazing places I have ever witnessed. Driving up to the lodge itself at night left me in awe of what I was expecting to see....it was better then what I imagined and I made a point to tell my man that as we arrived...lol ;O)

Charles came out to greet us as we parked up followed by Tam close behind. Both of them were extremely kind and were sporting welcoming smiles that made my man & I feel instantly at ease.

Charles showed us around straight away as we had arrived at night and he wanted us to settle in (and so did we) while Tam got our breaky (which is well sufficient!) for the next moring to us so that we could eat when WE wanted to and so that they had no need to wake us to hand it to us in the morning. He pointed out all the swimming holes, the spa bath (which was utilsed as soon as the tour was over!..lol) and the tree house bath tub, which was sucha highlight for me let me tell yah! and then took us to our room. We had booked a queen room.......but were UPGRADED to a King!...YEEEEEYAH! which was much more devine. Our queen room was awesome....but our King room was amazingly better and when I go back, I'm booking the King room if not the River lodge so that I can have my family come with us. He showed us the conservatory kitchen (which is so0o0o comfy) and then the range of DVD's on offer to watch as there is no internet and phone lines in the room. You can use the Main Houses phone if need be...but that is one of the selling points for me.....no outside world!. I organised this as acongrats to my man for his promotion at work and he is NOT easily pleased??!!?? so to have him tell me "I dont really wanna leave" almost bought me to tears! and thats saying alot for him.

We stayed two nights and I wished I hada booked three! at least! and on departure, Tam & Charles were more then happy to advise us of the best way to go about our day considering we were working with incoming tides and such at Hotwater beach adn Cathedral Cove which are inspiring places to see.

I would highly recommend Wairua Lodge to ANYONE who asks me about ANTHING!!LOL!!...and to be perfectly honest...I can not wait to go back soon.

Thanks Tam and Charles, it was a pleasure being in the company of two kind, considerate and welcoming host. See you soon :O)

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 April 2010

we used to live in kenya and this is the nearest we have found outside east africa that resembles an upmarket safari lodge. no lions but just such a relaxing environment, with such wonderful hosts. Can't praise it enough. Book the bath as it is a one off experience.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 29 March 2010

We recently moved to NZ from the UK and live fairly close to the beach so we decided to get away from the coast for this mini-break and head for the bush. We are so glad we did because Wairua Lodge is delightful. To feeding the owls at 11pm to taking a soak in bath snug (big enough for two!!), we enjoyed every minute of it. Tam provides each room with a little breakfast - toast/spreads, cereals and fruit/yoghurt which we had out on the lawns. We went walking along the river in valley and took a walk through their bush land, which is well signposted and marked. No TV or cellphone coverage here - very peaceful. Be warned though: moths everywhere (I hate creepy-crawlies) and also the road from Coromandel is only gravel - so don't rush!
We will be back - with our families when they visit!

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Canberra,
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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

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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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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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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