We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 night stay at Bushland Park Lodge. Our hosts Reinhard and Petra made us feel most welcome and were wonderful company throughout our stay. They have inspiring stories to tell and a great sense of humour.
Our weekend included the wonderful Euro Cooking classes and our hosts were only too pleased to listen to our requests around the types of dishes we wanted to cook and along with their suggestions we had a great experience and excellent food. Reinhard and Petra cook with passion and all their dishes include an extra "5 percent magic"!
They are keen for you to learn how to recreate the dishes at home and provided recipes to do just that. Our delicious Euro Cooking class produced French Onion Soup, Salmon Tartar with Avocado-Lemon Mousse, Pork Medallions in Creamy Mushroom Sauce with Saffron Wine Poached Pears, Bread Dumplings and Red Cabbage, and for dessert a Tiramisu with a Black Forest Twist.
The breakfasts are large and lovely - the Black Forest bacon and eggs is a great way to start the day.
Because the food is so good we felt we needed to take the short hike up to the Wentworth Waterfall via the track near the lodge. A great way to work off some calories!
Bushland Park Lodge is located on a beautiful property not far from Whangamata. It was great to see photos of the development of the property over the years - we could see a lot of work and passion has gone into developing this.
Make sure you take a walk around the property to soak in the beauty of the gardens and also see the 300 year old twin Kauri tree, the glow-worm grotto and pond with fish and Kura (NZ fresh water Crayfish).
Our dip in the modern secluded outdoor bath was lovely at the end of the day before slipping into our spacious, comfortable, warm, peaceful room.
Reinhard and Petra also have a working glass studio on site and showed us the clever designer glass plates they make. They have won awards for their designer glass art.
The website is correct... you definitely need more than one day to experience everything you can do and see here.
Reinhard and Petra, thanks so much for a wonderful stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bushland Park Lodge & Retreat in Whangamata created its own speciality for a high quality and very personal hosting. The owners "Petra & Reinhard" love to share their passion with their guests for fine dining, glass-art & pure nature with New Zealand "bush & beach". Exclusively only 3 fortunate couples experience this very unique place in the Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand with a variety of attractive features: A private glow-worm grotto just 3 minutes from your dining table. Outdoors, close to the lily pond and with total privacy a "Double Slipper Bath" to gaze at the Milky Way stars with Champagne & Candles. Your "private Chef" offers high class cuisine in the Lodge's dining wine cellar; often on his own created art glass dinnerware. Bush walks to the famous Wentworth Falls start at the doorstep, and glorious white-sand beaches are only a few minutes' drive away. Two golf courses close by. Bushland Park Lodge is not just a stop along the way, but a destination in its own right. ... more less
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