A wonderful place, wonderful hosts, and fine accommodations in a place (East Cape) where they're hard to come by. Stayed recently (December 2011) with Rex and Joyce in their B and B, which features impressive gardens, clearly a labor of love. I have to make the additional comment that the hosts were generous and kind, well beyond the call of duty . . . B and B's are as much about the personality and "vibe" of the patrons as the place itself, and Rex and Joyce rate five stars.
Just off the main road, which is very much to your advantage . . . much nicer than the nearby alternatives.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tui Lodge is the realised dream of Joyce and Rex Carpenter. Purpose built in 1998, the Lodge offers comfort and tranquility without equal on the coast. The Pacific Highway from Opotiki to Waihau Bay has been described by a leading British travel writer as a contender for the best Coastal drive on the planet. Tui Lodge can be found 66 Km from Opotiki on this spectacular coastal excursion. Situated in three acres of gardens and constructed in natural materials with guest comfort and privacy being paramount, the Lodge is in complete harmony with our native bush surrounds while affording views of volcanic White Island and the Pacific Ocean. ... more less