Our family of four (kids 12 and 9) stayed here two nights as recommended on the Trip Advisor forums.
Paku Lodge is situated at the base of Mt Paku right on the beach/bay at Tairua (a hidden gem of Coromandel Peninsula). The location was idyllic, serene and magical. The unit was clean and comfortable. The kids slept in the lounge area (one of their beds had lounge type cushions) on two single beds and we had a queen bed in a spacious separate room. The room had a well equipped kitchen where we cooked several meals. The balcony was lovely and great to sit out and watch the view. The bathroom was okay but the three doors was a bit of an obstacle course to get in and out of.
We really appreciated and utilized the FREE bikes, canoes and shovels for Hot Water Beach (attraction about half an hour north). Many places we stayed charge a bomb to hire anything extra. We also appreciated the FREE washing machines and dryers - the only ones we encountered on our trip and saved us a good $20!
Trevor was a great host and very welcoming and friendly, although it did take some time to check in due to problems with his eftpos. It would have been better to allow us to check in and pay at our leisure as we were very tired and just wanted to relax !
Tairua is a tiny town and you might be better off grabbing groceries at a major town before heading here. However, if you want to stay somewhere quiet without a lot of tourists, then this is your place! We based ourselves here and explored Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach which was only half an hour North. Great scenic drive to get there.
At $210 a night, this was one of the more expensive places we stayed on our two week trip around the North Island, but considering the free extras and the view, we thought it was worth it.
Our only complaint was the VERY noisy party the house next door to the units had until 2am - not the fault of our hosts, but we would have thought someone may have rung the police or got them to quiten down.
Overall, we were happy and comfortable with Paku Lodge and keen to return to the serenity of Mt Paku and Tairua. Just hope the neighbours have moved !! ;)
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