We travel often, choosing small luxury boutique accommodations and have traveled in NZ five times. Okiwa Bay Lodge is an outstanding example of a perfect NZ lodge/B&B, and we're compelled to write our first-ever review! As others note, everything is exceptional - views, hosts, lodge, food. Susie & Martin as owners/hosts are warm and welcoming, offering generous hospitality to create a wonderful environment. The lodge is entirely comfortable and relaxing, yet crisp and efficient at the same time. Their views at the absolute head of Queen Charlotte Sound cannot be beat, any time of day or night, any kind of weather!!
Susie's meals and treats are first-class and always satisfying! Sharing dinner with them (and other opting lodge guests) feels like being at home, a welcome respite after a long day or a long stretch of travel, or both! It is optional at extra cost but well worth it and a true highlight! Martin serves lovely NZ wines before and at dinner (included with).
We have stayed twice now for 3 nights each (Nov 2012 and Nov 2013), and our experiences exceeded our expectations each and every day! Susie & Martin are creative, generous, industrious, genuine.....and problem solvers. There is no issue too large - car tire losing air, needing to stay up-to-date on Superstorm Sandy in 2012, providing transportation (with a bit of advance notice), dietary requests, muddy boots and gear. The rooms are spacious (#1 and #5 in particular), beds and linens are perfect, providing a restful night's sleep! The hot tub is a nice treat with a great view. The lodge common rooms and deck take full advantage of their perch on the hill. The exterior grounds have been well-designed for both function and aesthetics, beautifully utilizing the slope of the property for water management, vegetable and flower gardens, etc. (with some of Martin's quirky sculpture tucked into the landscape!) Internet access and mobile phone coverage are fine. While set in a wonderfully peaceful and quiet landscape, Picton and Blenheim are easily accessible. We strongly recommend at least one day's hike along the Queen Charlotte Track.
All in - one of our favorite stays in the world!! When you leave, you feel you've been well looked after, and we will return as often as possible!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our modern lodge caters for people who enjoy peace and tranquillity and the special things that nature has to offer. Whether you are just looking for a night’s rest after your walk along the Queen Charlotte Track, or wanting a few days "away from it all", the warm hospitality of your hosts Susie and Martin will ensure that your stay is a memorable one. ... more less
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