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“Great place to divert to when walking the track”
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Awaroa Lodge
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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401 reviews
110 hotel reviews
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“Great place to divert to when walking the track”
Reviewed 21 April 2013

Myself and my girlfriend stopped in at Awaroa lodge on our second day of walking to grab a beer and some food after a long days hike. To get to the lodge you don't really add much time onto your walk and i actually think it is an easier bit of track than the skyline one which it meets up with.
We didn't get a chance to eat anything decent as we were there at the wrong time but all the snacks etc we ate were delicious.

We found it a little tricky to find at first as when you are walking from the north during low tide, the track take you off the beach and along the waters bed where a path leads off it. The path itself is unmarked but easy enough to notice as the lodge's boat was laying out front.

I wish we had the time to have spent more time there and also the money to have spent the night but we will definitely return in the future

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Stotfold, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2013

Our primary objective in staying at Awaroa was to do some walking in the reserve and relax. We achieved this but we also had a great dining experience. We stayed at the lodge for three nights and, on the first night, were slightly worried that the menu was fairly short. On the first night, we had fish (trumpeter) and it was fabulous. The second night, I had the beef and my wife the chicken. When we placed our order that night, we mentioned to the restaurant manager that we were fans of fish but would prefer not to have a repeat of the same fish dish, despite it being excellent. He said that he would speak to the chef. Well, the chef produced another fabulous fish dish for us the next evening ... A superb combination of flavours!

The lounge has a fabulous log fire that they generally keep blazing in the evenings and at breakfast.

Overall, we found the service from the team to be outstanding. The team all seemed to be quite young but had certainly got a handle on 'customer service' ... well done and thank you.

The team will advise you on walks etc. and will book the Water Taxi pick-up for you. There are plenty of walks.

Wifi - expensive but reasonably fast
Cell phone signal is zero ... I.e. none at all
No TV
Parking ... You can't get here by car ... soooo peaceful!
Large bedroom / sitting area / balcony ... very comfortable
Large walk-in shower bathroom
Small tea/coffee area ... ask in the restaurant if you want fresh milk ... long life is in the fridge
Modern newish and well designed
Small hotel style fridge stocked with bar drinks - no freezer compartment

Room Tip: The superior rooms have a much more private outlook.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2013

This lovely property in Abel Tasman National Park had beautiful views in the wetlands surrounded by a rainforest,wonderful food and an accommodating staff. A peaceful spot to relax and enjoy the the best of New Zealand. It was one of the highlights of our month's visit to this great country.

Room Tip: We loved our room....21, one of their newer rooms. Beautiful view
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Mackay, Queensland, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2013

We recently spent two nights here and loved every minute of it, from eels, glow worms, hiking, seals and amazing people it was a wonderful get away from it all experience. No TV's LOVED that. The staff were extraordinarily friendly and loved their jobs. Food was fantastic.. Would highly recommend especially if you like walking adventures etc. Easily accessible by water taxi or a shuttle type service. Lots of hikers from all over the world so you get to meet great people as well.

Room Tip: we had a family room but if privacy is an issue you may want a superior room as the other beds in th...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2013

Three nights at the end of the season but during the best summer NZ has had in my memory - the lodge was almost empty and the staff were relaxed so extremely helpful and friendly. The superior room was clean and comfortable, a lovely little balcony overlooking the wetlands. The food was excellent though probably a bit rich - quite a lot of butter and cream. Good value, given the location (only air and sea access). The staff were delightful, and we felt most welcome here. Thanks to Ashley, Sandra, Hannah, Leonard and another chap we didn't get the name of! The beaches around here are exceptionally picturesque and the water was warm enough for comfortable swimming. It was like staying in the South Pacific but a short flight from home only.

Room Tip: go in late Feb/March when the crowds have subsided but the weather is still good
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2013

My parents-in-law-to-be suggested we check out this venue for a weekend as a possible wedding venue. I had some girlfriends who said it was stunning and lovely and also recommended it.

It must have gone down hill since they stayed there as it was very disappointing! Here was our experience:

- stains on bedsheets
- unclear what is complimentary in the room and what is extra
- reception closed at 7pm, no help available after this
- a hair in my partner’s pasta at lunch
- a piece of plastic in my ice cream at dinner
- blackened and burnt bacon for breakfast, sent back, and then charged for the replacement bacon! (Which we could not eat either.)

As it markets itself as an eco-lodge, it was also disappointing to see a diesel-run electrical generator, and those annoying automatic fly sprays in the bedroom that spurt chemicals out every 7 minutes.

The staff were young, friendly and nice, but not trained in the 5-star gourmet service supposedly on offer. There was no manager or leadership in sight, so they were just doing their best. Unpolished is one word that comes to mind.

When I told the receptionist the next morning about our stay he immediately deducted last night’s dinner from the overall bill, saving us $191. This was appreciated, and, we still spent a total of $1055 for three of us to stay one night, including the water taxi.

Needless to say we won’t be getting hitched there, or going back any time soon. I hope they can sort the management and marketing out (is it an eco-lodge, a backpackers, or a 5-star hotel?!) as it’s such a stunning spot it could be wonderful.

Room Tip: Don't stay here, sorry.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Bristol
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2013

This is basically a good hotel, but greatly overpriced for what it delivers.
The room was large and well equiped.
The restaurant dinner was very good and fairly priced.
Breakfast service was poor and buffet was uninspiring.
Staff were friendly and helpful.
Clearly there are additional costs of operating a hotel in this isolated location, but they are certainly capitalising on their unique position. There does not really appear to be any real alternative at this point on the Abel Tasman track, other than the DOC hut or camping! A shame.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Awaroa Lodge
Address: 11 Awaroa Bay, Abel Tasman National Park 7143, New Zealand (Formerly Awaroa Lodge)
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Abel Tasman National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Abel Tasman National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Awaroa Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Awaroa Lodge in the heart of the Abel Tasman National Park has no direct road access so it is essential you arrange transport prior to your stay; our friendly Lodge team can assist you with options, pricing and bookings. Transport is available from Kaiteriteri, Marahau or Totaranui by sea shuttle or water taxi or from more or less anywhere else at the top of the south (or Wellington) by fixed wing plane or helicopter. Just minutes from the Abel Tasman Coastal Track, the lodge offers a remote and spectacular coastline with magnificent scenery, wildlife and native terrain in pristine condition. The lodge 's 26 rooms consist of standard, superior and family suites featuring an ensuite, bar fridge and tea and coffee making facilities, with views of picturesque wetlands and native forest. All guests are encouraged to appreciate the natural surroundings. We make this a little easier without the distractions of modern day life - no mobile phone coverage or in-room televisions make this the perfect place to totally get away! Enjoy the lodge's facilities including a cosy fireplace in the library, internet access, an organic garden , where our onsite restaurant and outdoor pizzeria source the freshest ingredients. Let our team at the activity desk arrange your guided tours. Explore the natural surroundings by tramping or sea kayaking or just laze on the golden sandy beaches of Awaroa Bay. Awaroa Lodge is the ultimate secluded getaway perfect for a romantic escape, family holiday or unique group experience. ... more   less 
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