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“Piece of paradise in Raglan”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Waoku Lodge

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Waoku Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Piece of paradise in Raglan”
Reviewed 6 February 2014

I am not sure when to begin with this review but I wanted to take the time to thank the lodge and Sharon's hospitality. From the moment we arrived we felt extremely welcomed.
Everything about the experience was great. Sharon went above and beyond for us and we were extremely appreciative.
The accommodation is superb and luxurious, you really relax - one night and we felt quite rejuvenated for our working week. The spa pool on the deck is sublime and everything is top quality in the apartment itself - you really feel special.
The area is beautiful and close to Raglan centre and not far from the lodge you can watch all the local surfers finding the perfect wave. The views in the area are lovely.
I think whoever you are Sharon will welcome you the same way - this is stunning for couples wanting a romantic getaway but equally good for people like us who had a four year old in tow.
We left knowing we would be back - thank you to Sharon for being such a great and generous host!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

When you can relax in your private spa pool overlooking a magnificent view of the Raglan coast line and the Tasman Sea with a luxury self-contained apartment then you know you have really arrived!

Waoku has a five star rating and definitely deserves it along with Sharon who is a most gracious hostess who is looking to provide you with every comfort.

If you want luxury; if you want 5 star treatment; then in Ragland you have only one choice – WAOKU LODGE

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 28 January 2014

There are not enough superlatives to describe Waoku Lodge! It offers beautiful scenery, complete comfort combined with luxurious apartments, and fantastic service. We stayed 2 days and arrived needing to rest, and left feeling rejuvenated. The apartment we stayed in had our own spa, and even though it rained for a day, we were able to enjoy the scenery from our spa pool, and totally relax. Once we arrived and relaxed - it was hard to make yourself go out and do anything! The lodge offers dining with 'room service' - and the food that Sharon prepared for us was restaurant quality, and absolutely delicious! I've stayed in many top class hotels around the world and the wonderful thing is that Waoku Lodge in Raglan matches my past experiences, and leaves little wanting. We enjoyed it so much that we have already booked a return visit. Sharon made our visit very special, thanks Sharon!

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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raglan
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

We had a great night here in one the apartments with a spa and a lovely outlook over the bush.
Sharon welcomed us in the afternoon and had a massage arranged for us. She cooked us a lovely meal of fresh fish, vegetables and salads from her garden. Dessert was an amazing taste sensation.
Breakfast was just as good the next morning.

Although we live just a few kms away, this was truely a relaxing night. We left feeling relaxed and chilled out the next day.
Everything was clean and tidy and the fittings are good.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

We had an amazing stay at Waoku lodge where everything was of very high standard.

To start with, Sharon, our host, had a little issue with our booking, but solved this by upgrading us to two lodges instead of one, with an even better view, all this for the same price!!! That is proper customer care!!

The lodges were very comfortable, spotless clean, and furnished with a lot of taste, not one of those fancy but generic interior. And the view from our terrace was amazing.

Breakfast (which you can order separately) was very good, I would highly recommend the eggs benedict, best of our all trip!!!

Finally, if you're a surfer, whale bay is just down the road...

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Quebec City, Canada
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Reviewed 11 January 2014

What an amazing Lodge. The view from the lodge and patio is just breathtaking. We were so happy we had found such a great place. The private patio is surround by tropical garden. This lodge feels so relax. The two story apartment was very spacious and luxury. Sharon was so nice with us. We did not feel like driving for dinner, so her son prepared us a fantastic dinner meal. The spa outside was perfect. Hope we could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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257 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2013 via mobile

Just booked a nice night away. We were both pleased with the rooms and the amenities. Every thing was clean n tidy.The view is just amazing with roar if the ocean at your feet would like to back again for a longer stay and enjoy some more of what Raglan has to offer

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank kruuza
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Additional Information about Waoku Lodge

Property: Waoku Lodge
Address: 51A Whaanga Road, Raglan 3297, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Raglan
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 Speciality Lodging in Raglan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Waoku Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled at the base of Mt Karioi, overlooking Whale Bay and the Tasman Sea, Waoku Lodge offers five-star luxury accommodation for the discerning traveler. Four self-contained apartments with ocean or bush views provide the base to relax, enjoy Raglan's arts and cafe culture or just chill on the adjoining decks. Surfing fans especially find Waoku Lodge a perfect base for watching for when surf's up and can be at Indicator's Point, Whale Bay, Manu Bay or Ngaranui Beach within minutes! Although equipped to a high specification for self-catering, an exclusive menu for breakfast and dinner is available with meals served in the privacy of your apartment. ... more   less 
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