An outstanding property in a wonderful location. I can't think of anywhere better for a stay in Northland. We stayed in the upper floor apartment. which had two good bedrooms with excellent bathrooms en suite and a large kitchen/diner/lounge, all with wonderful views of the beach. The accommodation was spotless and well furnished.
Paul and Jenny were excellent hosts. They provided a splendid dinner for us on our first night, including Snapper caught that day off the 90 mile beach. We arrived early evening to find a lovely apartment with a well laid table from which we had wonderful beach views.
Paul was an invaluable source of information and help on local matters, including booking the Sand Safari for us and making sure we had the best possible day. It wasn't his fault that the day coincided with a Tsunami warning for the area. That added some spice to the trip.
i don't normally gush in reviewing holiday accommodation, but the Beachfront Apartment really was outstanding. we will all return
- 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