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The Sanctuary @ Bay of Islands

5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   State Highway 11, Opua, New Zealand (Formerly Bay of Islands Lodge)
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Ranked #2 of 5 Specialty lodging in Opua
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014
yvonne210 whakatane NZ
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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whakatane NZ
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

From the moment we arrived Made to feel this was our place, most helpful owners and nothing was too much trouble. The spot in NZ is breath taking and ever changing scenery high above the scene of the bay. The ambience, the food (exquisite) on the deck on a lovely summers evening. Restful, recharged and welcoming made this a great... More

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Kapaau, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

If you would enjoy a graceful and intimate setting with helpful hosts who cook fabulous meals using healthy ingredients, this is the place for you. Glennis and Peter have built an exquisite lodge perched in the trees, overlooking the bay, furnishing views enjoyed from the outdoor breakfast table. The lodge exudes warm color tones, enchanting fragrances, and serene music. Everything... More

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Banchory, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

This is a wonderful setting and an absolutely beautiful accommodation with every comfort. The views are spectacular from the terraces. As only our second experience of a hosted lodge we had mixed feelings here. The welcome was a little underwhelming as the notice said 'welcome come in' but we seemed to be intruding. However, the evening meal was wonderful home... More

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Halesworth, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

We recently spent two very comfortable nights with Peter and Glynnis whom we found to be very helpful hosts. We stayed in a 'bush view' room at the end of the building which also had good (but not full) see views.This was fine as we enjoyed seeing & hearing the various birds in the trees in front of us and... More

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St Peter Port, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

The welcome you receive from Glynss is second to none...do want a glass or wine or unpack first ! The lodge is situated in a fantastic position and we were assured that when it doesn't rain the view is amazing...we had to take their word for it.....the weather is of course nobody's fault ...then we did go in their winter.... More

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Menifee, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

Bay of Islands Lodge is nestled in the trees overlooking the Bay of Islands. Rooms have individual balconies making you feel like you are actually "in" the forest. Professional and helpful hosts, Peter and Glynnis took excellent care of our party of four. We would definitely go back again.

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Farnham, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2012

This is a wonderful, friendly, superbly sited Lodge with the genuine Kiwis enjoyment of entertaining their guests to wonderful facilities and surroundings, grand catering and very good bedroom suites with views over the forest to the Bay of Islands. Ideal and with tremendous hosts.It was 4 days well spent in great company.

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Perth, Australia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

My partner and I stayed for two nights at the Bay of Islands Lodge. We where very happy with the accommodation the room was very comfortable the only thing they need is fly screens on the windows but it seems all around New Zealand they don't seem to have them on there homes. The food was very nice and Peter... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

My husband and I enjoyed a very pleasant three nights at the Lodge, enjoying the company of guests from the US, UK and South Africa. When choosing small places such a this, we are choosing individuality, a more personal experience than a similarly-priced, more luxurious suite at a conventional hotel, and we were not disappointed. Our room was pleasant and... More

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Kiev, Ukraine
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258 hotel reviews
1,115 helpful votes 1,115 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2011

This review isn't easy to write because the Lodge got so many high ratings - on which I personally can't agree. I'm more with the previous review of Patti from CA, that this is a quite simple lodge which is highly overpriced. We've stayed at many 'luxury B&B, in NZ, OZ, South Africa, so we should have some experience what... More

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peter m, Owner at The Sanctuary @ Bay of Islands, responded to this review

My apologies for the very belated reply. Belonging to an older generation I am still coming to grips with TripAdvisor and the importance of acknowledging reviews. You stated it wasn't easy to write this review. May I assure you the reply is even more difficult. But let me try to address the more salient points raised by you. Our property,... More

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Address: State Highway 11, Opua, New Zealand (Formerly Bay of Islands Lodge)
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Opua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Sanctuary @ Bay of Islands 5*
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Bay Of Islands Hotel Opua
The Sanctuary @ Bay Of Islands Opua, New Zealand

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