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Ratanui Lodge
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Pohara
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Reviewed June 4, 2012

This was the highlight of our road trip. Found this lodge thanks to trip advisor en route to Golden Bay. Where to start - absolutely everything perfect!
Steve and Pete are amazing hosts, Steve at the front and Pete cooking up a storm in the kitchen. Steve received us in such a welcoming manner - felt at home right away and showed us to our beautiful room, assisted with bookings for activities, gave restaurant recommendations for the surrounding area, and ever so helpful with whatever else we needed for a comfortable stay. Thanks Steve!
The rooms are great! Spacious, classy, excellent quality (loved the thread count on the linen) furnishings, beautiful bathroom, great shower, loved the bathrobes.
Good heating in the rooms, mini fridge and large flat screen TV with Sky and free wifi.
The hotel is just over a year old - so everything is still brand new and in perfect working condition.
We had dinner (extra charge) at the restaurant, Pete is a great chef. Loved the silver cutlery, fine porcelain, and crystal glasses. Great cocktails and wine selection too.
Continental breakfast included at a large breakfast table where you can mingle with other guests, delicious cooked breakfast extra.
Needless to say - we'll be back! :)

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank SuneLeRenard
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ratanui, Owner at Ratanui Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2012

Thanks SuneLeRenard,
We really enjoyed having you here at Ratanui and glad you had a great time in beautiful Golden Bay. Thanks very much for your kind words and we look forward to seeing you again in the near future. All the best, Pete and Steve

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Reviewed June 2, 2012

A great last minute decision to stay here. Great host. Nice rooms, handy location. A very nice breakfast too.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank chazbro36
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Reviewed May 22, 2012

My husband and I recently went to Golden Bay with two of our kids (17 & 19) to do the Heaphy Track for his 40th birthday. The day we walked out of the track was his birthday and we flew to Takaka on our way back to Wellington. Steve picked us up from the airport and delivered us to the front door of the Ratanui Lodge. The kids had a lovely twin room with all the comforts required to rejuvenate after 5 days of walking. My husband and I had upgraded to a premium room and we didn't regret it. The bed was huge and so comfortable. Lots of nice little touches all around.

Steve took all of our stinking clothes from the walk, washed them and returned them before we went to bed that night.

That night we had booked a 3 course meal and a special birthday cake. I had contacted Steve to let him know that my kids were vegetarians that didn't like mushrooms - nothing was a problem! The meal was delicious and Pete came to deliver the cake which was lovely. We were leaving on an early flight the next morning, but an early breakfast was no problem. Pete delivered us on time to the airport.

I have to say that Steve and Pete were the perfect hosts. Attentive to details and made my husbands birthday perfect. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Ratanui Lodge as a place to stay. My only regret was that we didn't stay longer! We will definitely go back.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank Donna G
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ratanui, Owner at Ratanui Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2012

Thanks for your kind words Donna G,
We loved having you and your family here and are thrilled you enjoyed your brief stay. Look forward to seeing you again soon...maybe to walk/kayak the Abel Tasman?
All the best,
Steve

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Reviewed May 17, 2012

We stayed here with friends for 2 nights . The owners were called away but the couple who hosted us & the maitre d' were just great - delightful company & so obliging. We had a lovely evening meal - best onion soup I have had in NZ - duck & sticky date pud !! The rooms are very lovely , the ambience of the whole place is superb. I highly recommend this to anyone wanting first class accommodation & dining.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Abel_Tasman_Lodge
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ratanui, Owner at Ratanui Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2012

Thanks so much Robon,
Sorry to have missed you when you stayed at Ratanui, but pleased you enjoyed the experience and that our wonderful staff took good care of you. We are fortunate to have great people to work with in Golden Bay. Look forward to seeing you at Ratanui again soon.
All the best,
Steve

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Reviewed May 17, 2012

Exploring our beautiful country and the lovely Golden Bay we came across Pohara and the lovely Ratanui Lodge! Steve was very welcoming a fantastic host and made you feel like you were visiting a long lost friend! When he took us to our room - you just had to go WOW - you felt like you were going back in time with the lovely antique furniture but with all the comfortable trimmings of today! Sadly we only had one night - but will certainly be back. Thanks Steve for making us feel so welcome, your knowledge of the area, great hospitality - you certainly have a wee gem!! We will be spreading the word!!

Room Tip: All the rooms have their own individuality with lovely antique furniture and a story behind them!!
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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ratanui, Owner at Ratanui Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2012

Thanks TravelBuggNZ,
Much appreciate your kind words and so pleased you found us in beautiful little Pohara. Was a pleasure having you stay with us and we look forward to your return visit.
All the best,
Steve

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Reviewed May 15, 2012

We just returned from a trip around the world traveling for 6 months to 4 continents.We don't normally write many reviews, but we felt very compelled to review Ratanui Lodge. First of all,
Steve and Pete are the best "hosts" you could ever ask for. From the minute we arrived to the day we checked out, everything was first-class! The rooms were individually decorated with wonderful beds and furniture. The food and dining area are 5 star with a relaxed, homey feel.
We couldn't wait for every meal. The location of the lodge is across the street from the beach in beautiful Pohara. Traveling as a family for many months we stayed in many places but this was by far the best. Steve and Pete really enjoy what they do and it truly shows. Great guys with a great attitude running a great place!

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank Ann Marie B
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

This place is great. Stayed one night wish it was more. We arrived a little early and Steve greeted us with open arms and offered us coffee and treats while we unpacked, nice added touch. Gave us great info of some of the sights to see. The rooms was fab and the bed was so comfortable it was easy to fall asleep. We had dinner as well and wow the food was perfect. If you stay you have to book a dinner as well.
Thanks Steve for making this visit a great one.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Ratanui Lodge

Address: 818 Abel Tasman Drive, Pohara 7183, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Golden Bay > Pohara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Pohara
Price Range: $156 - $270 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ratanui Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just across the street from Pohara Beach in beautiful Golden Bay, New Zealand.Purpose-built in 2010 with 10 rooms, all with ensuite, Ratanui is a terrific base for exploring the northern Abel Tasman National Park.Wifi is always free, continental breakfast always included, and there is a small salt-water swimming pool.The Dining Room serves three course set menu dinners, and the Cocktail Lounge is a relaxing space for a drink or two with friends. Package deals are available combining sea kayaking, boat trips and walks in the Abel Tasman National Park, or Farewell Spit Ecotours.Golden Bay is a treasure of the South Island, with golden sand beaches, eclectic artists and cafes, and a laid-back lifestyle.We welcome you to experience Ratanui and Golden Bay. ... more   less 
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