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Great Barrier Lodge

3.5 of 5
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735 Whangaparapara Road | RD 1, Whangapara, Great Barrier Island 0991, New Zealand
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Auckland, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

By any standard just a really pleasant place to stay. The total environment and scenery are a wonderful reflection of Northern NZ in particular GB Island The lodge provides spacious accommodation with a real sense of comfort and cleanliness. No TV in the unit is a bit of an issue but one is in the dinning/lounge area. I understand electric... More 

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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a lovely spot. Looking out onto the water, wharf and beyond. Erica and Archie looked after our senior group of 16 pax superbly. The meals at night were very tastefully prepared and presented and the lunches provided when required were filling and nutritious. We certainly did not go hungry. Extra effort from Erica to provide various dietary requirements. Thank... More 

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Ian and Erica A, Manager at Great Barrier Lodge, responded to this review

Gidday Jude, Thanks for your review and thanks heaps for the feedback and great comments. We really loved having you and your tour group over here, it was our pleasure to look after them. Look forward to see you and the next Tour soon. Cheers Archie & Erica More 

Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

I along with 9 other Australian guys stayed at the Lodge for a week. The standard of accomadation was excellent, exceeded our expectations, but what really made our stay was the attention afforded to the group by the lodges hosts Erica and Archie. The meals were just superb Erica is an absolute marvel in the kitchen would win Master Chef... More 

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Ian and Erica A, Manager at Great Barrier Lodge, responded to this review

Gidday Paul, Firstly thank you for taking the time to review us on TA. It was our absolute pleasure having you guys stay with us, we feel very humbled by your review, thanks :) I will do my best to maintain the standard of the wine list, under supervision by Erica, she also asked to pass on her thanks and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

So much to do on this wonderful island - hiking, fishing, stand up boarding, kayaking, jumping off waterfalls, swimming in hot springs and its all close to the Great Barrier Lodge. The staff are outstanding, the food is delicious and the rooms are very clean and you can cook at your room as each room has a bbq. We will... More 

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Ian and Erica A, Manager at Great Barrier Lodge, responded to this review

Hello Anita P, It was a real pleasure having you and your family stay with us. I hope the ferry trip back was not to rough for Will ? Thanks for mentioning all the activities that can be done here, Mountain Biking is also great fun over here, we have a few bikes that are available for our guests and... More 

Katikati, New Zealand
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64 reviews 64 reviews
14 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We stayed at Great Barrier Lodge for 4 nights. The location is gorgeous but the lodge was disappointing. The management made no attempt to engage with their guests. They seemed totally without personality. The managers never bothered to introduce themselves or make any kind of small talk or chat. We were unable to eat in the restaurant on 2 of... More 

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Ian and Erica A, Manager at Great Barrier Lodge, responded to this review

Hello Margaret, Thank you for taking the time to review us, and Thank you for staying with us, you are certainly right in saying we are located in a superb location and on such a beautiful Island. We all feel very sorry that we did not meet your expectations, but at the same time we are disappointed that your review... More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Running a lodge and restaurant on a small island with no mains power or water is never going to be easy. The owners of Great Barrier Lodge do a fantastic job. The menu is not extensive but the food is really good. The bar is well stocked and very reasonably priced. The rooms are small but perfectly appointed. A discerning... More 

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Ian and Erica A, Manager at Great Barrier Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Cathy G, Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. Erica, myself and our staff feel so happy that we were able to fulfil your requirements for your "Barrier" stay. You are right in pointing out that it is a challenge to run a 10 room Lodge on solar power, our own water, disposal systems and... More 

Falmouth, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Delightful place to stay. Great Barrier Island is remote but the service and friendliness at Great Barrier Lodge is anything but remote. The accomodation is good, clean and comfortable with self catering facilities, and the staff and manager were wonderfully helpful and friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and cant fault this Lodge. Thanks to all the staff who made... More 

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Ian and Erica A, Manager at Great Barrier Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Janet & Glen, Firstly I hope you had a comfy and safe trip back to the UK. Thank you so much for staying with us, it was a real pleasure to have you here. The weekend was great, the weather was good and the Wedding all went smoothly. Thank you for reviewing us too, we appreciate the feedback. Hope... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I needed a rest in a tranquil setting, where I could take time out/take it easy. At GBL - I got it all in spades, even though it was over the busy Christmas week. In fact, I could not have found a better place to be "voluntarily under house arrest!" And far from the maddening city noises. The hosts were... More 

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Ian and Erica A, Manager at Great Barrier Lodge, responded to this review

Hello Maureen, Firstly sorry it has taken me so long to respond to your review, we have been extremely busy this past few weeks with all the boaties and other visitors to the Island, it truly has been an awesome summer break over here. Thank you so much for your lovely review of us, we really do appreciate the feedback,... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

We stayed at the water front studio for 2 nights. The room was very clean and the bed was comfortable. Each studio has a BBQ on the back deck. The front deck has wonderful views, the harbour is only a few steps away. A lot of shags rest in the tree, a scene you normally get on TV. If you... More 

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Ian and Erica A, Manager at Great Barrier Lodge, responded to this review

Gidday Pudding20142014, Thank you for taking the time to review us :) Your review has highlighted very well what we are about out here at Whangaparapara. As you mentioned we are very well located to many of the excellent walking and cycling tracks over here and close to the water were we often see Dolphins, Orcas and our resident Shags,... More 

Broome, Western Australia, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

My boyfriend and I came to stay at great barrier lodge last weekend and although we only stayed two nights we had a holiday we wont forget! Not only where we staying on an island that I would consider your own private paradise but the accommodation as well as the trip was outstanding. We arrived at friday lunchtime and where... More 

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Ian and Erica A, Manager at Great Barrier Lodge, responded to this review

Gidday Amy, You have made my day with your lovely comments about our Lodge. We really appreciate the feedback. You have pointed out some of the great aspects of the Lodge and that of Great Barrier Island, it certainly is a different type of paradise. One of the things that I most enjoy about being here is relaxing in the... More 

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