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Reviewed January 31, 2014

WOW!!! Absolutely wonderful place to stay and relax. Susie and Martin made us very welcome when we arrived. The views from the lounge and decks took our breath away that are stunning over the Malborough Sounds. It was fun watching the boats and activities coming and going in the channel. We were well catered and pampered to with lovely home cooked meals, morning/afternoon teas - home made cakes and biscuits, hot tub soaks looking out at the stars and well rested night sleeps, comfortable bedroom with your own bathroom and toilet. By the time we left we felt like close friends with Susie and Martin - just open, generous, loving people. Look forward to going there again .....

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Okiwa_Bay_Lodge, Owner at Okiwa Bay Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded February 2, 2014

It was lovely to have you both come and be able to really enjoy our "Piece of Paradise" and the local walks and nature at its very best. The Sting Rays have been busy this week but we have not seen the Orkas again. We do hope you will come again and next time bring your bike or hire one here.

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Reviewed January 3, 2014

We had a lovely time at the Okiwa Bay Lodge. The house is very clean and well laid out and in a gorgeous setting! The views from the deck and lounge are stunning. Our bed was very comfortable and we had an amazing night sleep. Susie and Martin are great hosts and offer top notch hospitality. We were met with tea and home-made ginger biscuits and Christmas cake followed by crackers and Susie's hummus with wine before dinner. Dinner was a generous three course meal with a choice in mains of a lovely Thai fish dish or roast lamb with roasted potatoes. It was all very good and excellent value. This place is a real gem!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Okiwa_Bay_Lodge, Owner at Okiwa Bay Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2014

It was an absolute pleasure to have you both stay. We take great delight in sharing our beautiful home and its panoramic views with visitors from all over the world. We do hope you will come again to explore more of this wonderful region. Very best wishes for your future together.

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Reviewed November 22, 2013

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!

Room Tip: Rooms #1 and #5 are large with amazing views
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Okiwa_Bay_Lodge, Owner at Okiwa Bay Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded November 24, 2013

Thank you so very much. We were both thrilled to have you return as guests again this year. You now know our ongoing love affair with our wonderful property. It really does give us such great pleasure to share our home with its spectacular views with other people. We very much look forward to you coming again. We have a family of three baby Wekas who are very amusing.

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Reviewed November 1, 2013

The first thing you notice as you drive up the windy drive up the hill is the beautiful property complete with its own fresh waterfall flowing from the top of the hill. Then of course Susie and Martin greet you with their wonderful charming and warm personalities and before you know it you are sitting on the deck in the sun admiring the most incredible views of the Marlborough Sounds you could never imagine were possible sipping on a vodka and orange while devouring Susies home made lavender cookies and lemon drenched cakes. Sounds of the natural wildlife surrounding the bay and hoping to see the stingrays swimming along the bottom of the hill while the tide goes out. I could go on and on about how magical this place is.

Susie and Martin are also heavily involved with their local community and Susie even works as a part time chef in the village.

You cannot drive through the Sounds without stopping at this lodge for a night or two to marvel the beauty of this amazing part of the world.

I for one am counting the days until I can go again.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Okiwa_Bay_Lodge, Owner at Okiwa Bay Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2013

Thank you very much for your kind description or our Piece of Paradise. We never take for granted the beauty and tranquillity of Okiwa Bay Lodge. We do hope you will be able to come again for a long weekend and we very much look forward to you coming with your parents next year.

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Reviewed October 11, 2013

With views to die for and a welcoming warm hospitality.....what more could you ask for?
On arrival at the lodge, we had afternoon tea with Susie and Martin and Susie baked gorgeous scones (very English of you :-)) as well as lavender biscuits...yum yum.
The view of the Sounds was simply amazing from the balcony and room. Lovely hot tub to soothe the tired muscles from the Queen Charlotte Track Walk (a must do!)
We were very well looked after with dinner and hearty breakfast, thank you for a truly wonderful experience!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Okiwa_Bay_Lodge, Owner at Okiwa Bay Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2013

It was a real pleasure to have such global travellers stay with us. We are delighted the views did not disappoint and the hot tub was able to revive you after your Queen Charlotte Track. We do hope you will come to stay with us again.

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