Reading the other reviews, things must have changed radically! We were on a deal offering 2 nights stay with a 3 course dinner and breakfasts included. Well - breakfast for both days came in a paper bag and was meagre and stale. The rooms were dirty - one of the rooms had a dead rat in their cupboard and we had to clean the shower before we wanted to use it. The 3 course meal offered no choice at all and most people left food on their plates rather than eat it. Any requests were met with ill disguised exasperation. We couldn't wait to leave.
On the upside, the location is beautiful, our bed was comfortable and most of the other people we met on the Island were fantastic.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Great Barrier Lodge is under new ownership and has re-opened on 1 December 2017 with owners with a true love and passion for this fabulous piece of paradise and making sure their guests take home wonderful memories and can't wait to come back. Book now - you will love it! Great Barrier Lodge sits amongst the trees on the waters edge of Whangaparapara Harbour - Great Barrier Island, just 30 minutes flight away from Auckland. Surrounded by natural beauty, the lodge caters to travelers seeking rest and relaxation on the pristine beaches or thrill seekers looking to traverse the islands many walking/mountain bike treks. Whatever your preference, our friendly staff will ensure you enjoy your stay in this natural paradise. ... more less