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Wairua Lodge - The Hidden River Valley
251 Old Coach Road, Whitianga 3591, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #5 of 38 Whitianga B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Anger, Germany
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“simply perfect”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

it was wonderful stay and a unique experience too, spending two nights in this unbelievable resort far away from noisy streets and crowded towns. The best stay we had for a long time and we would certainly and without any doubt love to come back here. Charles and Tam are wonderful hosts and we loved every minute. We even regretted going out for daytrips but came back early. Wonderful, worth the price and absolutely nothing to complain. The highlight above all is the two person bathtub tree house !

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Port Elliot Sth Aust
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

We stayed for 4 nights in the King Snug room, which was spacious and very comfortable, overlooking the gardens. We had a private patio, complete with a bbq. Tam and Charles were perfect hosts, giving us plenty of freedom, yet providing help and information when required.
The bath house was a great experience, as close to nature as you could get, private, romantic, candle lit, looking out to a floodlit river valley, just so relaxing. The walks our hosts have designed are very interesting ranging from challenging to easy- and we tried them all.
We were visiting from Australia, and found the whole experience very enjoyable, and would recommend it as a highlight place to stay. We found the location most convenient for exploring the Coromandel Peninsula. Would we stay again? most definitely.

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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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Half Moon Bay, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

Many of the reviews here cover the wonderful aspects of this magical place.
The owners are delightful and helpful and still give you the space for privacy.
A highlight for us was the two person bathtub tree house. It was so unique.
We enjoy the sun going down and the owls coming out and within our vision.
Bubble bath was provided for our use and we enjoyed a glass of red wine while
we relaxed in the beautiful and spacious tub. It couldn't have been more perfect!

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013 via mobile

I have stayed here three times with friends and family and loved it everytime. It is tucked away in a remote area near Whitianga that serves perfectly for a relaxing getaway.

The rooms are clean and simple but well appointed. Each has a bbq. Breakfast is delivered the night before abd each room has a toaster and kettle allowing you to enjoy breakfast at your own pace while soaling in the peace and views (I highly recommend the local honey, delicious!).

Around the lodge are a number of walks and swimming holes to cap off the visit enjoying a book in a hammock.

The best part of it all though is the owners. Each time we have stayed they have gone out of their way to help us. They are the warmest hosts I have met and have great local knowledge. They have made this one of my favourite places to stay in New Zealand and a sure fire recommendation to anyone I know.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

We stayed for 2 nights in the River Suite room at Wairua Lodge in December 2012, we had the most wonderful time! Charles and Tam (the owners) were so friendly and helpful, they gave us all the tips and information we needed/wanted, and then just left us alone. The Suite was perfect. It was very large, you could easily have 2 couples in there, and the facilities were great. The Bathhouse was a real experience, it was very romantic to have a bath outside, in privacy, overlooking the forrest and river, with candles and music. We went on some beautiful walks (just be careful of trying to climb up the waterfall with the rope- I had a bit of a stack). We went swimming in the waterholes, there was no one else around, it was so peaceful and refreshing (read cold!)! basically it was the prefect getaway, I could have happily stayed for much longer, and we will definitely be back! Thank you Tam and Charles

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  • Stayed December 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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Chamcook
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61 reviews 61 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We stayed for a week in a King snug, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.The rooms were spacious, and our bed was very comfortable. Having a personal BBQ was a nice touch as well. Both hosts were extremely generous of their time, and provided many useful tips which greatly enhanced our travel. The Lodge itself is delightful, and a great value. The grounds are beautiful as well as the river and trails. We loved the night sounds, especially the moreporks! Having access to a the tree house or tub hot tub after active days was a great bonus as well.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Carlisle, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

A peaceful retreat with a difference - watching the stars from the spa pool and the outdoor bathroom overlooking the rainforest made this extra special, not to mention the swim pools in the river with hammocks and bean bags to relax in. A perfect few days - we didn't want to leave!

  • Stayed January 2013, 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
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Address: 251 Old Coach Road, Whitianga 3591, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Coromandel Peninsula > Whitianga
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 38 B&Bs / Inns in Whitianga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It sits on a sunny ridge in a bush clad valley only 12 kilometres from Whitianga. 4 Hidden Valley snug rooms which gaze across the valley into Coromandel mountains, and The River Deck suite-a 2 bedroom fully self contained suite, overhanging a bushclad ravine.Swim in the river, walk the nature trails,soak in the Treetops bath house or in the Night sky spa pool.Centrally located for all days trips around The Coromandel. ... more   less 
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