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Rata Boutique Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Pokeno B&B and Inns
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews
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“Fantastic night away”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2014

Couldn't have picked a better room than the 'retreat'. Very private with stunning views and a lovely outdoor bath.
Both dinner and breakfast were incredible and top end restaurant quality.
Wonderful hosts who were attentive and interesting conversationalists. We enjoyed the tour of the house and Matt is looking forward to discussing the section over a scotch next time we visit

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Melanie D
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JohnWPokeno, Owner at Rata Boutique Lodge, responded to this review, April 20, 2014
Hi. We really enjoyed meeting you and learning about your experiences. We would love to have you back for another stay and talk about the section next door. The scotch will be on the house!
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2014

What a fantastic time we had at Rata Lodge. The hosts John and Ingrid were lovely with the right amount of attention and absolutely scrumptious food! They made our time very special and the property is well situated in a serene environment with amazing views.

Room Tip: All rooms were well appointed with a couch in each and doors leading to a private deck.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Anne R
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JohnWPokeno, Owner at Rata Boutique Lodge, responded to this review, March 18, 2014
Greetings. We really enjoyed your visit and learning a little about your fascinating backgrounds. We hope that your schedules allow for a return visit at some time in the not too distant future.
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2014

We have just returned from an enjoyable couple of nights at Rata Lodge following our wedding. The accommodation was comfortable and the hosts John & Ingrid looked after us beautifully. We especially enjoyed Ingrid's divine cooking!! Nothing was too much trouble for them! Impeccable service. Thanks again.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jacks2413
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JohnWPokeno, Owner at Rata Boutique Lodge, responded to this review, March 13, 2014
Hi

It was a delight looking after you. We wish you well for your "real" honeymoon later this year. Your feedback was particularly appreciated.
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2014

For our 25th wedding anniversary we wanted something special and memorable. We are so glad we booked into Rata Lodge where we found the accommodation truly the best we have ever experienced - anywhere. It was true luxury for us. Our hosts John and Ingrid were charming, very hospitable and generous, The food was excellent and we appreciated the care they took to ensure that we had what we liked. We really enjoyed our conversations with John and Ingrid and the complementary wine and chat on the first night was an unexpected bonus. The big surprise was the bill, which was much less than I had expected. Extremely good value for money in our book!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Conway S
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JohnWPokeno, Owner at Rata Boutique Lodge, responded to this review, January 12, 2014
Dear Conway. Thank you for choosing Rata for your anniversary. We really enjoyed the discussions, the wine tasting and above all your company. We hope to see you and Jude back here at some time in the future.
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Totnes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2014

Stayed for a wonderful night as a solo traveller at Rata lodge. Ingrid and John were very welcoming. Superb place, very luxurious. Amazing views. Dinner was delicious, fresh flounder straight from the fish market.
Only pity , so far from UK!!!!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tessa C
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JohnWPokeno, Owner at Rata Boutique Lodge, responded to this review, January 10, 2014
Hi Tessa

It was a delight having you stay with us. We found it extraordinary that we have so many mutual UK connections. Love to see you back if you get a chance. John and Ingrid
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cheltenham
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2013

Having left the UK to emigrate to NZ our first 10 days were spent at Rata Lodge, the choice having been made by the fact the Lodge was close to the kennels our dog was in quarantine.
We could not have asked for anymore and the Lodge was the ideal place to stay, with the stay enhanced by the marvellous hosts, John and Ingrid.
The setting overlooking the Coromandel is superb and Ingrid is such a wonderful cook.
Nothing was too much trouble be it packed lunches for our visiting times at he kennels, washing and ironing our dog slobbered clothes or cooking whatever food we fancied.
Cannot recommend the Lodge and the special hosts too highly - if you want to escape Auckland jump in the car and stay at the Lodge, you will not be disappointed!!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank thewalrusCheltenham
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JohnWPokeno, Owner at Rata Boutique Lodge, responded to this review, December 15, 2013
Thank you for a wonderful review.
It was a great pleasure having you both stay with us, and to met Kiana after she was "let out".
You made our job easy and we enjoyed the many conservations.
New Zealand is lucky to have you - we hope you are settling in and look forward to seeing you in the Bay some time.
Ingrid and John
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2013

Our company team and partners went out to Rata Lodge for our Christmas and end of year celebration dinner and were pampered appropriately from the minute we arrived late in the afternoon. Bubbles on the deck, stunning views, followed by an excellent dinner menu. We travelled back to Auckland after dinner that evening so did not have the opportunity to stay the night. Beautiful destination with great hosts.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Magus1952
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JohnWPokeno, Owner at Rata Boutique Lodge, responded to this review, December 15, 2013
It was a great pleasure to look after you and the team - we are glad this provided a fitting end to your busy year.
Best wishes for 2014 and we hope to see you at Rata Lodge again some time.

Best wishes
Ingrid and John
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Additional Information about Rata Boutique Lodge

Property: Rata Boutique Lodge
Address: 30 Rataroa Road | RD3, Pokeno 2473, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Pokeno
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Pokeno
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This idyllic luxury lodge set atop Mt Rataroa, in 35 acres of landscaped and native bush, with stunning views of the Coromandel and the Pacific Ocean, all just an hour's drive from Auckland. The Lodge offers a choice of three luxury suites, The Coromandel suite, The Retreat and The Pavilion. All room rates include cooked breakfast. Each suite is beautifully designed and appointed to compliment the natural setting offering you privacy and leaving you free to unwind in our peaceful surroundings. Enjoy a massage, watch a DVD or listen to music in your own room. Your stay with us will be one of relaxation, peace and rejuvenation. ... more   less 

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