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“Very warm welcome”
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Manawa Ridge
Ranked #1 of 6 Waihi B&B and Inns
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“Very warm welcome”
Reviewed 16 April 2014

Manawa sits on top of a ridge with stunning views all round but what makes it such a special place is the extraordinarily warm welcome from Willem and Carla.We laughed a lot,drank delightful wines,eat delicious food and shared experiences with other guests.We entered as strangers and left as friends.I can't think of a higher accolade to two superb hosts.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Eye, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

Having spent 2 years planning our wedding in New Zealand we wanted to find somewhere really special for our honeymoon night - Carla & Willem - and Manawa Ridge was everything we dreamt of and more.

The location of Manawa Ridge is amazing - the structure overall is incredible - and our room (The Shire Suite) was unique - all put together from Carla and Willem's imaginative use of materials - and Willem's incredible talent for building things.

If we had been close family members the welcome could not have been warmer - Carla and Willem made us feel so at home within minutes of our arrival - and were so genuinely excited that we had chosen their venue for our honeymoon night that we felt like the most special couple on the planet.

Having settled into our suite, enjoyed the champagne (part of our honeymoon package) in the private jacuzzi - in the private garden - with views into the distant hills we then joined Willem and Carla, plus another couple, for pre-dinner drinks - and a tour of the grounds - which included a visit to Willem's hand built, and very impressive, wine cellar.

This was followed by the most romantic, candle lit, dinner in the tower - with 360 degree views along with some fantastic home cooked food - much of which is grown on the premises.

It is difficult to express in words how wonderful our stay at Manawa Ridge was, if you are looking for somewhere for a special occasion,and can get to New Zealand, you will find it very difficult to find anywhere better.

Carla and Willem - thank you both so much for making our wedding night so memorable and special - we will never forget it.

Claire & Les Smith
Suffolk, England

Room Tip: We stayed in the Shire Suite - but any of the 3 individual suites are equally good
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 February 2014 via mobile

This was our first lodge stay in New Zealand and we didn't really know what to expect. I can echo all the plaudits below. What I wasn't expecting was the warmth & friendliness of Willem & Carla who are very open & welcoming people. They made both the evening dinners and the breakfasts a gastronomic and social delight.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

I don't even know where to begin.

Scrolling a bit down the review page, you will soon realize that Willem & Carla have built something truly outstanding that everybody agrees on. We had the Rivendell suite, which is awesome in every way and features the largest bed we have ever slept on (bigger than California King Size !). We never had dinner in the same place (the dining room, the barbecue, the tower...) but each time was unique and delicious. Carla is a wonderful cook and Willem has quite a nose for wine-pairing.
Meeting them and talking over a nice meal and a good glass of wine or Port, in the fantastic surroundings of their house and country was just heavenly. It was our honeymoon and they made it very special.

Hope we see you in Paris, Carla and Willem !

Hugo & Flora

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

The Mrs and I travelled up to Waihi from Palmy via Taupo.
Finding the lodge is easy enough, we used a combination of google maps and the well placed road signs.
Once we got to the lodge, it was stunning. Beautiful buildings, layout and a great (unoccupied beach) about 20 minutes walk down hill.
We stayed in Rivendale, with a private outdoor spa bath looking over the hills. Perfect. Plus a bed large enough for me to lay flat in any dimension or orientation I could think of (big deal I am 6ft5").
We stayed at the lodge for dinner and it was worth every penny. Brilliant food and great atmosphere.
Without gushing too much more. There is literally not a negative or bad thing to say. Following this review I am booking a long weekend again come winter.

  • Stayed February 2014
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Pershore
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Reviewed 2 February 2014 via mobile

Everything has already been said - this place is wonderful. We stayed for 4 nights in the Rivendell room (the other rooms are lovely too) and enjoyed the peace, privacy and luxury. Rooms have their own private garden with outside spa bath. Most impressive was the fascinating building and artworks all around, as well as the care, consideration and sensitivity that our hosts showed - they are a wonderful couple with a real zest for life! The food was sublime and there was lots to do as well. Best stay in our 5 week trip!

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 13 January 2014

After searching for a luxury lodge near Waihi Beach, Manawa Ridge did not disappoint. Nestled in the hills above the Coromandel Coast, this place is the true image of relaxation. The lodge is amazingly built making it feel luxurious yet homely, and the rooms are spacious with huge beds, fantastic bathrooms, and the best part - an outdoor natural pebble-lined spa-bath to relax and watch the stars at night. The views span 360 degrees and make for some spectacular photos.
Willem and Carla are amazing hosts and Carla's cooking is to die for! We enjoyed spending time with them over a beer and wine in the evening, and they left us to ourselves when we wanted our own space. The picnic at the private beach is highly recommended!
I was so blown away by the location, the lodge, the views and Willem and Carla's hospitality that I decided to propose to my girlfriend there. Willem and Carla went out of their way to ensure it was a special occasion and one that we'll remember for a long time to come!
I couldn't recommend this place enough - we'll definitely be back. Thanks again for a great stay Willem & Carla!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Manawa Ridge
Address: 267 Ngatitangata Road, Waihi 3681, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Waihi
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Waihi
Hotel Class:3 star — Manawa Ridge 3*
Number of rooms: 3
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