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“Great room, location, proprietors and value.” 5 of 5 stars
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Manawa Ridge
5.0 of 5 Guest house   |   267 Ngatitangata Road, Waihi 3681, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 Waihi B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Great room, location, proprietors and value.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

The Mrs and I travelled up to Waihi from Palmy via Taupo.
Finding the lodge is easy enough, we used a combination of google maps and the well placed road signs.
Once we got to the lodge, it was stunning. Beautiful buildings, layout and a great (unoccupied beach) about 20 minutes walk down hill.
We stayed in Rivendale, with a private outdoor spa bath looking over the hills. Perfect. Plus a bed large enough for me to lay flat in any dimension or orientation I could think of (big deal I am 6ft5").
We stayed at the lodge for dinner and it was worth every penny. Brilliant food and great atmosphere.
Without gushing too much more. There is literally not a negative or bad thing to say. Following this review I am booking a long weekend again come winter.

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Everything has already been said - this place is wonderful. We stayed for 4 nights in the Rivendell room (the other rooms are lovely too) and enjoyed the peace, privacy and luxury. Rooms have their own private garden with outside spa bath. Most impressive was the fascinating building and artworks all around, as well as the care, consideration and sensitivity that our hosts showed - they are a wonderful couple with a real zest for life! The food was sublime and there was lots to do as well. Best stay in our 5 week trip!

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

After searching for a luxury lodge near Waihi Beach, Manawa Ridge did not disappoint. Nestled in the hills above the Coromandel Coast, this place is the true image of relaxation. The lodge is amazingly built making it feel luxurious yet homely, and the rooms are spacious with huge beds, fantastic bathrooms, and the best part - an outdoor natural pebble-lined spa-bath to relax and watch the stars at night. The views span 360 degrees and make for some spectacular photos.
Willem and Carla are amazing hosts and Carla's cooking is to die for! We enjoyed spending time with them over a beer and wine in the evening, and they left us to ourselves when we wanted our own space. The picnic at the private beach is highly recommended!
I was so blown away by the location, the lodge, the views and Willem and Carla's hospitality that I decided to propose to my girlfriend there. Willem and Carla went out of their way to ensure it was a special occasion and one that we'll remember for a long time to come!
I couldn't recommend this place enough - we'll definitely be back. Thanks again for a great stay Willem & Carla!

  • Stayed December 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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Hong Kong, China
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Manawa Ridge is truly a unique, captivating place, nestled in the beautiful hills at the foot of the Coromandel Peninsula. I can only echo the plentiful compliments paid to Willem and Carla by the other reviewers on the site, and attest to the utterly wonderful hospitality of the hosts. The story of the creation of this magnificent property, which is luxurious whilst rustic and relaxingly laid back, is inspirational. Each of the rooms are beautifully decorated, and beautiful artworks created by both Willem and Carla adorn the property. The views from Manawa Ridge are spectacular, the outdoor private pebble-lined spa bath overlooking the hills is amazing, and the food cooked by Carla was wonderful. Most of all, the warmth of Willem and Carla make for a truly wonderful experience.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Rotorua, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

Willem and Carla followed their dream when they built this little piece of heaven for us to visit. Truly inspirational. We left refreshed and relaxed after two nights looking at superb views, listening to magical bird song and being cared for very moment ... Wonderful food too. Will recommend this to everyone.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Willem and Carla were kind enough to donate a weekend at their lodge to the charity So They Can (please look it up). We were lucky enough to be the highest bidder. We couldn't have had a more fantastic weekend. We were in the Rivendell suite which was beautiful. The whole lodge is a work of art and one of the most interesting places we've ever stayed. But the real magic of the place is the hosts. You really get the feeling that nothing is too much trouble for them. Breakfast in bed turned up unexpectedly when we couldn't drag ourselves out of bed during the Americas cup coverage. That was just one of the little examples. We can't wait to find an excuse to go back. If you are visiting NZ or a kiwi who wants to try something unique only 2 hours from Auckland you won't regret staying here!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Te Puke, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

If you are trying to find an amazing place to stay, you will not go wrong by staying at Manawa Ridge. Willem and Carla were awesome hosts and made us feel right at home. The meals were delicious, the scenery and views were breathtaking and the whole place had such a nice, authentic, homely, romantic feel. (i could use more adjectives). Definitely not just another place to stay, was an awesome, relaxing experience at a beautiful place! ill keep this review short and sweet just like our stay, which i wish was longer. Thanks Willem and Carla for having us stay at your amazing home :) Mr and Mrs Butler

  • Stayed July 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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Address: 267 Ngatitangata Road, Waihi 3681, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Waihi
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Waihi
Hotel Class:5 star — Manawa Ridge 5*
Number of rooms: 3
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