We were looking for somewhere to spend the last few days of our two week visit to the Northland. We’d been pretty much on the go for most of the trip, but wanted to just relax for a couple of days.
Pawhaoa Bay Lodge fitted our needs perfectly – remote enough to be off the beaten track but suitably luxurious to feel pampered. The lodge is set in beautifully maintained grounds on the waterfront, and is only a few kilometres beyond the end of a sealed road.
We stayed in one of rooms in the main Lodge building, which had a deck facing out to Whangaruru Harbour. The room was excellently designed with a very comfortable bed, plus a large bathroom with a bath and a shower.
There are kayaks provide for guest use and my wife took one out on the Harbour – greatly enjoying the exercise.
Our hosts, Bill and Claire, were very convivial and we enjoyed several long conversations with them. Claire is an excellent cook and had contacted us prior to arrival to determine what our meal preferences were. All the meals were delicious and wonderfully presented.
There is WiFi provided but the Internet connection is via Mobile Broadband, so we were asked to only use WiFi for email and simple web browsing. Since we had Telecom NZ 3G/4G access with plenty of quota available on our own mobile devices, we just used them directly on 3G. The Mobile Broadband signal strength was good despite the remote location – I gather the cell tower is on the other side of the Harbour and is pretty much in line-of-site to the lodge.
There was no off-air TV reception in our room, but a DVD player and screen was provided in the room together with a catalogue of several hundred DVDs to choose from (we enjoyed watching “A Prairie Home Companion”).
We greatly enjoyed our stay and Pawhaoa Bay Lodge and highly recommend it!
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