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“Good in parts, but not recommended in winter.”
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Furneaux Lodge
Auckland, New Zealand
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22 reviews
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“Good in parts, but not recommended in winter.”
Reviewed August 4, 2012

Furneaux Lodge has two amazing assets: the wonderful character-full old homestead where the bar and restaurant are, and it's location. If you're passing, a coffee or a beer here is mandatory! As winter accommodation though it's hard to recommend.

We stayed in one of the new Endeavour Suites, which are less than 10 years old and look lovely in the brochure. And I think in summertime they would be delightful. (although whether worth the high asking price is another matter).

On a cold winter day as when we were there though they are not a good option. The basic problem is they are cold and damp, exactly the opposite of what you want when it's, well, cold and damp outside! They seem to have been designed to be cool in summer but no thought given to keeping them warm in winter. The floors are tiled and with no underfloor heating are like walking on a block of ice. Even a cheap rug would make a huge difference. The windows are single glazed and occupy most of the walls, and in the mornings were streaming with condensation leaving puddles on the floor. The cedar louvres won't keep much heat in either. The curtains are thin. You get the idea. After keeping both the (inadequate) heaters on all the time when we stayed it wasn't more than a fraction warmer inside than out! All that damp inevitably leads to mould in the bathroom and on the tile grout etc.

The restaurant is grotty and badly in need of a redecorate. The food was fine but not great.

I wanted to like Furneaux. The setting is magic, the service was good, and it's good in parts but overall if you market yourself as a premium destination you have to deliver, and it's just too inconsistent to do that. The more I travel the more I am prepared to overlook quite a few idiosyncrasies but my bottom line is I want accommodation to be quiet, clean, and warm. I won't recommend anywhere that doesn't manage all three.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

I am mad about this place. On a big wedding anniversary I intend for us to make it back.
The water taxi will drop you off at the jetty where you are met with a golf cart and a big smile. You walk through the beautiful grounds…

We booked a suite, it was so lovely, all calm and serene stone colours… We had a big plush bed with crisp sheets and big poofy pillows. They even left chocolates with our towels. Heaven.

You don’t have to leave if you don’t want to the restaurant will feed you well.

We ate breakfast twice and had an amazing meal after our bush walk. They make a good cappuccino… and perfect eggs… On our final morning I ordered french toast with berries and caramelised bananas, have you ever heard of a more decadent breakfast?

After our big long bush walk we treated ourselves to a blow out meal in the sunshine.

My husband ate fish chowder, thick and gloopy and filled with local fish with bacon and a poached egg. Again so decadent. I ate delicious locally caught fish with a beautiful tomato salsa and olive oil potatoes. We finished with a home-made lemon tart and a glass of Sauterne. Perfect.

Highly recommend a stay here, the lodge is luxurious and secluded and the staff cannot do enough for you. Do a walking holiday and get on the Queen Charlotte Track!

You can see photographs here;
Food; http://pleincommeunoeuf.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/furneaux-lodge/
The Lodge; http://youmakemeswoon.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/furneaux-lodge/
Our time in the Sounds....
http://youmakemeswoon.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/back-to-the-marlborough-sounds/

Room Tip: Go for a suite, so cute
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Whitianga
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6 reviews
Reviewed April 17, 2012

We were very disappointed in the two bedroom cottage that we stayed in for two nights as a part of our recent Queen Charlotte Walkway experience. From the outside the cottage looked great with a large deck facing out onto the lawn and the water, however as soon as we stepped inside we were hit with the smell of mildew and damp. On closer inspection we found mildew around the wall edges of the bedroom carpet, holles in the walls, archaic bathroom facilites, minimal and insufficient kitchen facilites, (we had to ask for tea towels and washing up liquid on the first day), layers of dust on the grooves of the wall linings, old uncomfortable mattresses through which we could feel the springs, The cottage looked like it had had no money spent on it since it was first built - and for the cost of $309.00 per night we were appaled at the lack of cleanliness and facilities.The meal in the cold (unheated) and decor dated restuarant was barely acceptable, one meal was undercooked and was returned to the kitchen, the menu was limited and basic, the only redeeming factor was the waitress (a lovely girl from Sweden) who was pleasant and efficient. The rest of the staff that we encountered seemed to have llittle interest in their job and did not so much enthusiasm for their clients.
On the whole we feel felt that this place was sadly lacking and did not meet the standard as portrayed in the advertising - certainly is not worth the high price that is charged for the accommodation. It is only saved by it's beautiful location and position in the Sounds.

Room Tip: Choose a newer room as the old ones are ghastly
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Whanganui
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

What a beautiful place for a hotel! The sea at your front door the forest at your back door. After the first day on Queen Charlotte walkway it was really wonderful to step into our delightful mini-bach/ cabin which reminded me of my childhood holidays. A lovely old fashioned style but with tasteful classic decor.( $269 for 2A & 2C) So peaceful-and no TV!! Yay! The children had to talk to us!! Just so comfortable and cosy I really wished I could stay longer- it would be a great place for a honeymoon, or just a get-away from it all weekend, a real treat. Dinner was lovely too-the waiter did a marvellous job on a very busy night. I did think tho' that that the dining room decor is a bit tired and could do with a total revamp-seemed a bit out of place in a hotel that calls itself a resort.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed April 7, 2012

Wonderful service, comfortable bed, great selection of wines and a delicious dinner. The perfect ending to our first (gruelling ;-) day on the Queen Charlotte Track. We woke rested and refreshed to a scrumptious breakfast, ready to take on the next part of the track.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Australia
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

Scenery ++. Food delicious and service was excellent. All staff went out of their way to be pleasant and helpful for my daughter and son-in-laws wedding in January. Accommodation was clean and comfortable. It was a wonderful celebration and great weekend. Thank you Furneaux Lodge for making a special occasion, extra special!

Room Tip: The studio rooms were excellent. For a family the Chalets are perfect.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Silverdale, New Zealand
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Reviewed March 26, 2012

Have just had 2 nights at Furneaux and loved every minute of it. The staff go out of their way to make you feel at home and everyone is so friendly. We stayed in a 1 bedroom unit and found this to be excellent value. The bed was a king and very comfortable. We stayed in unit 17 and would probably ask for 13, 14, 15 next time as ours was not as private as the others. One of the days it poured with rain and we found it so restful and very pretty - and a good cance to do nothing but read a book in such beautiful surroundings. The restaurant was not as highly priced as we were expecting and the food was really delicious.

Room Tip: Unit 17 not as private as 13, 14, 15 - and 16 has a walkway right next to it too.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Furneaux Lodge
Address: Endeavour Inlet | Queen Charlotte Sound, 7250, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Marlborough Region
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Furneaux Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled at the head of Endeavour Inlet in heart of New Zealand’s stunning Marlborough Sounds, Furneaux Lodge is a boutique hotel in the outer Queen Charlotte Sound. It looks out over the calm, clear water of the bay, embraced by virgin native forest, unchanged since Captain Cooks first visit in the inlet in 1769. Here at the lodge, the pace is easy, comfortable and relaxed. Ideal for the complete retreat. ... more   less 
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