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“Beautiful spot”
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Awaroa Lodge
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Middlesbrough
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful spot”
Reviewed 12 May 2014

We had three nights at Awaroa Lodge and loved every minute. The setting is so beautiful with lots of shorter walks if you don't want to venture too far. We used the lodge as a base and headed out for day walks from there. Not our plan initially but a nasty storm had done some damage to the track south of Bark Bay and luckily for us the lodge could accommodate us for an extra night at very short notice. The rooms are really well appointed, giving a feeling of luxury whilst still being relaxed. The staff were all wonderful, especially Ashley and Dajana, who went out of their way to ensure we had a fabulous experience in the restaurant also. If you have any food allergies nothing is too much trouble for the staff here as we were told that meals could be modified. One of the nicest meals I had there was a lamb dish which had been slow roasted, melt in the mouth stuff! My only criticism is that the breakfast is way too pricey, as there is really no other option you have to pay so did feel a little held hostage on that one. The front desk staff were also fabulous, booking all our water taxis for us and making sure all luggage was taken down to them for us.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

The staff at the property were accommodating, the waitress was lovely, the front desk staff were fine, but the property has no one who cares - it is just seasonal managers who don't really care. It is a very expensive property to stay at, and certainly warrants better repair and maintenance of the property at the prices charged. I understand it costs a lot more to run a remote property, but this is reflected in the price (which we paid) but did not receive the benefit of the very high price.

I was directed to a drying room as my shoes were wet (a common theme in the middle of a national park). I did not expect a drying room that had three years of filthy old pillows and blankets on the ground, that had rat bait at the front door, a broken washing line, and with a clean up this room wouldn't attract so many rats in the first place. Yes, it is a fact of being in a forest that you get rats, but you don't need to attract them to an area that a guest will use.

There was lots of mould on the white windowsills in the main dining room.

In my room, the blinds were broken, the soap dispenser was old and difficult to operate, the drawer in the wardrobe was broken, the fly screen was broken and the chair was so damp I got a wet bottom when I sat on it. Whether this is lots of salty people or just rising damp as the room was damp feeling - not sure?

It is an eco resort, but there was gorse by the run down jetty, and on the property - and the vege garden was untended (one of the things they have always promoted as being a key feature of the property) The photos on the walls in the main hall were years old of the previous owners/managers. What was once a property of eco tourism esteem for NZ is now a property with a foreign operator and seems to have no one who cares about such a unique and wonderful property.

Room Tip: Room 15 was damp and gave me asthma.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed 29 April 2014 via mobile

I loved staying here! The setting was beautiful and we found the service to be very good. Our room was quite nice and spacious . We had two wonderful dinners in the restaurant and I really enjoyed the steak filet. We spent some time sitting by the fire during the day and met some interesting travelers. I would love to visit this place again if I ever visit NZ again!!!

Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 13 April 2014 via mobile

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Lodge. The staff, especially Theo & Ashely were super nice and the meals were delicious, especially the lamb which was some of the best I have ever tasted. Peaceful location with spacious rooms (our second free upgrade of our trip) and gorgeous beaches nearby. Highly recommended.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Morrinsville, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

First impression excellent with the Manager very professional and informative showing us around the complex. Our room was fantastic, exceptionally clean and tidy and the bed was amazing. The food was great although very expensive which I guess comes from being so isolated. Our waiter was great ( a good kiwi block, something we didn't see a lot of in the hospitality industry down south.) The breakfast however was far too expensive for continental ($22).

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 22 March 2014

Such as shame to have such a lovely place tainted by the amateur management and service at the Awaroa Lodge, constant stuff ups, no attention to detail, nothing like you would expect from a "luxury lodge". On the positive although expensive the food is good and love the organic on site garden concept, so much potential, if only they can get the rest of the management of the place sorted. Better off taking a tent or staying in a doc cabin if you want to do the Abel Tasman - gorgeous place.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 8 March 2014

My husband and I didn't have any expectations of Awaroa Lodge before we set off on our Aqua taxi ride and when we arrived it seemed like a nice looking lodge.
Our room was dark and cold.(it was March, late summer). However, we set out on a lovely skyline walk around the Island.
When we returned to the Lodge and being vegetarians, we enquired as to the vegetarian option for dinner and there was none!
We let reception know that we were vegetarian and found this situation pretty disappointing.
We decided to make the best of it and so when we sat down at our table, we carefully went through the menu and fashioned together a whole lot of the accompaining dishes to order as sides. The waiter returned twice to check on our order and we had a lovely Japanese new waitress who didn't understand us bring us the wrong water, forget our cutlery and then disappear completely. The final straw in this dreadful dinner was when we were served a cerviche of cucumber that tasted very strange. When we enquired we were told the chef had said it was cucumber with gherkin and capers mixed in. I wasn't convinced and upon asking again, was then told it was anchovies! The waiter told us it was "an honest mistake by the chef".
We were not impressed and will NEVER recommend this over priced lodge to anyone at all.

  • Stayed March 2014, 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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Awaroa Hotel Nelson

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