Stay at the Bushland Park Lodge and you absolutely will not be disappointed.
The most difficult part of planning our family trip to New Zealand was choosing where to go with the limited time that we had. After much research, I found that the Coromandel Peninsula and the Whangamata region would offer scenery, beaches, and bush that my teenagers would be interested in, and a even a few vineyards to placate the parents who would not have time to go to the south island!
We flew from Boston to Auckland and after 30+ hours of travel, we certainly did not want to be disappointed with our first night stay! The Lodge is just a bit more than a two hour drive from Auckland airport. We chose to take the scenic route and spent the day driving around the Cormandel Penninsula ( the scenery is breathtaking). Upon arrival at the lodge, Petra and Reinhard greeted us, allowed us to freshen up and then sat us down for an AMAZING three course New Zealand gourmet dinner! (The Rack of Lamb with Reinhard's reduction sauce was incredible!!!) Each day Petra and Reinhard would offer suggestions on where to go. We would tend do do a bit of hiking to find hidden beaches or the gorgeous waterfall just in the back yard...this allowed us to look forward to our private dinner and not feel guilty about the forthcoming calories! Each day we would go off on an adventure and return to be pampered at the lodge. Great food, culinary education, outdoor bubble baths, beautiful gardens and simply warm and wonderful hosts...how can you go wrong? We will make it a point to return!!! Thank you Petra and Reinhard! We will always remember our lovely 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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