One's soul can breathe easily here - great, expansive beach and ocean, safe swimming and body surfing, virtually infinite walking/running potential along 90 Mile Beach, wonderful sunsets, fabulous view from the upstairs unit, no noise except for the surf, very friendly host - what more could one want? Only downside was having to wade about 10 metres across the not-quite-waist-deep stream to get on to the vast sandy beach (or go the long way around).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- GEMS Seaside Lodge offers the discerning traveller exceptional lodgings in the jewel of Ahipara, at the base of the 90 Mile Beach. Begin your adventures to Cape Reinga, the Bay of Islands, the Hokianga, and other treasures of Northland, from here. However, there is actually a wealth of activity in Ahipara for you to enjoy. World class surfing at Shipwreck Bay, fabulous fishing (both chartered and surf casting), board paddling, horse-treking, 4 Wheel Driving and Sand Duning are just a few of the many activities available. For those who wish to enjoy a more leisurely experience, there is golf, beach walks, and visits to our very own award-winning vineyards. If you simply prefer rest and refreshment with book in hand, then absorb the beauty of this magnificent beach paradise, with crashing waves, beautiful birdlife, and stunning sunsets, from the comfort of your lodge, as part of your ‘seaside therapy’. ... more less