We stayed at Poet's Corner Lodge for 4 nights at the end of our trip to New Zealand. We had just spent 5 nights on a Tall Ship, with very cramped accommodation, so to be welcomed so warmly by Marg & John, and ushered through the large double doors into the attractive courtyard, was wonderful. We had 3 of the 4 rooms, and had the place to ourselves for the first 2 nights. The rooms were beautifully decorated, with comfortable beds with good linen, and large shower rooms. For guests staying longer, a chest of drawers might have been useful.
The large lounge, with full length opening windows out onto a terrace, was a lovely, restful room, and the panoramic sea view was stunning. Music, television, a fully equipped kitchen with drinks, cookies, cheese, fruit and other snacks available. Marg and John came and served breakfast, and we chatted like old friends - they obviously love having people to stay and are truly interested. As ex-farmers they are very knowledgeable about rural life in New Zealand, so fascinating to chat to. They were full of ideas for things for us to do, and seemed slightly sorry that we mainly wanted to chill out at this point in our trip! Having said that, the walking was good, the nearby beach of Waihi is excellent - with surfing lessons on tap. Marg and John recommended some good restaurants, so we ate really well, but weren't able to sample Marg's cooking as we were there in the run up to New Year and they had family staying. It was definitely our best stay in the whole of our trip, and I thoroughly recommend it - it was a lovely place to relax and unwind at the end of a busy tour, and I am so pleased we saved the best till last.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- New Boutique Lodge with expansive coastal views, surrounded by native bush. Four double rooms with en-suites. Large lounge/dining with full kitchen. Gourmet breakfasts included in tariff and complimentary fresh fruit and NZ cheeses. Lodge is separate from the house so privacy assured. Dine with your hosts by arrangement or eat at one of the many local restaurants. Base yourself here to discover the Coromandel,.Rotorua. Auckland is just a 2 hour drive. ... more less
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