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Ratanui Lodge
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   818 Abel Tasman Dr, Pohara 7183, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Pohara
Abel Tasman
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
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“Simply the best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

We stayed here with friends for 2 nights . The owners were called away but the couple who hosted us & the maitre d' were just great - delightful company & so obliging. We had a lovely evening meal - best onion soup I have had in NZ - duck & sticky date pud !! The rooms are very lovely , the ambience of the whole place is superb. I highly recommend this to anyone wanting first class accommodation & dining.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ratanui, Owner at Ratanui Lodge, responded to this review, June 4, 2012
Thanks so much Robon,
Sorry to have missed you when you stayed at Ratanui, but pleased you enjoyed the experience and that our wonderful staff took good care of you. We are fortunate to have great people to work with in Golden Bay. Look forward to seeing you at Ratanui again soon.
All the best,
Steve
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

Exploring our beautiful country and the lovely Golden Bay we came across Pohara and the lovely Ratanui Lodge! Steve was very welcoming a fantastic host and made you feel like you were visiting a long lost friend! When he took us to our room - you just had to go WOW - you felt like you were going back in time with the lovely antique furniture but with all the comfortable trimmings of today! Sadly we only had one night - but will certainly be back. Thanks Steve for making us feel so welcome, your knowledge of the area, great hospitality - you certainly have a wee gem!! We will be spreading the word!!

Room Tip: All the rooms have their own individuality with lovely antique furniture and a story behind them!!
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ratanui, Owner at Ratanui Lodge, responded to this review, June 4, 2012
Thanks TravelBuggNZ,
Much appreciate your kind words and so pleased you found us in beautiful little Pohara. Was a pleasure having you stay with us and we look forward to your return visit.
All the best,
Steve
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Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

We just returned from a trip around the world traveling for 6 months to 4 continents.We don't normally write many reviews, but we felt very compelled to review Ratanui Lodge. First of all,
Steve and Pete are the best "hosts" you could ever ask for. From the minute we arrived to the day we checked out, everything was first-class! The rooms were individually decorated with wonderful beds and furniture. The food and dining area are 5 star with a relaxed, homey feel.
We couldn't wait for every meal. The location of the lodge is across the street from the beach in beautiful Pohara. Traveling as a family for many months we stayed in many places but this was by far the best. Steve and Pete really enjoy what they do and it truly shows. Great guys with a great attitude running a great place!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2012

This place is great. Stayed one night wish it was more. We arrived a little early and Steve greeted us with open arms and offered us coffee and treats while we unpacked, nice added touch. Gave us great info of some of the sights to see. The rooms was fab and the bed was so comfortable it was easy to fall asleep. We had dinner as well and wow the food was perfect. If you stay you have to book a dinner as well.
Thanks Steve for making this visit a great one.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

This place is very new and has just opened a good year ago, so everything is spotless and with very much attention to detail. Individually furnished rooms, free wifi, excellent facilities. Food (breakfast as well as dinner) was delicious, and above all, Steve and his partner provide superior service, and make every guest feel welcome.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Winchester UK
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

Steve Pete and his team should be justly proud of the quality of service they are offering.
Nothing was too much trouble and they provide both a great welcome and superb "product" I run a business myself and always respect someone achieving a quality service and that is what they do.
Rooms immaculate in terms of style quality and cleanliness.
Great location with the beach a short walk over the road and pubs / cafe next door either way
Food and quality of restaurant service again excellent.
Consistent with the pricing of other places I stayed who were offering less.
I am more than happy to offer constructive criticism but on this occasion I am struggling to....

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

It's been lovely to stay in Ratanui Lodge, the runner is very welcoming and kind, we stayed in the suite and it was fantastic, a lot of comfort for us.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Ratanui Lodge

Address: 818 Abel Tasman Dr, Pohara 7183, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Golden Bay > Pohara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Pohara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ratanui Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just across the street from Pohara Beach in beautiful Golden Bay, New Zealand.Purpose-built in 2010 with 10 rooms, all with ensuite, Ratanui is a terrific base for exploring the northern Abel Tasman National Park.Wifi is always free, continental breakfast always included, and there is a small salt-water swimming pool.The Dining Room serves three course set menu dinners, and the Cocktail Lounge is a relaxing space for a drink or two with friends. Package deals are available combining sea kayaking, boat trips and walks in the Abel Tasman National Park, or Farewell Spit Ecotours.Golden Bay is a treasure of the South Island, with golden sand beaches, eclectic artists and cafes, and a laid-back lifestyle.We welcome you to experience Ratanui and Golden Bay. ... more   less 
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