We were thrilled with the Bream Head Coast Walk experience. We (two Americans) ended up in the lodge with 9 Kiwis from a hiking club and had an absolutely fabulous time. Claire (the owner) is very well organized, and she does all the arrangements...meeting with us each night to tell us about the day hike for the next day and giving us several options. She transported us back and forth from locations (and even arrived with popsicles after an especially hot day!)
The area is remote and beautiful. You really feel as if you get to know the countryside when you are away from the crowds. And the best part is you do not have to worry about meals. Claire prepares outstanding gourmet meals each night (you just need to heat it up) and has plenty of choices for breakfast and for making your own lunch during the hike. We did a lot of hiking (including the Milford Track and Tongariro, but we were so glad we chose this type of hike as we got a great north island experience!