Manawa Ridge was the most perfect start to our adventures in New Zealand. You feel something very special about the surroundings as soon as you arrive. The house is simply beautiful, and you realise very quickly that your hosts, Willem & Carla have worked so hard and passionately to build and achieve such a marvellous retreat. The views 360 degrees are amazing wherever you look. The three suites each have a very different design and feel, with wonderful unique features and total privacy. Willem is a fantastic host and very eager to help and advise on the many day trips one can make from Manawa. Carla is a terric cook, using fresh, local ingredients to provide wonderful meals that are beautifully prepared and presented. We were so sad to leave Manawa Ridge, and at the time wondered how anything else on our trip could match the warmth and special feeling we received during our stay. Jarra, the dog, was there to bid us farewell just as she had greeted us upon arrival. Our three days at Manawa Ridge were so special and will remain in our memories for many years. To return to this marvellous place with such great hosts would be on our wish list for future trips.