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Ratanui Lodge
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Pohara
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

We were immediately greeted by Steve, one of the proprietors, who made us feel so special. He brought us lemon bars as a snack as we were moving into our rooms-yum! The grounds were beautiful with bright flowers of all kinds. Steve is a master gardener. The rooms were large but the biggest surprise was how big the bathrooms were-not a typical cramped hotel bath at all. The furniture is high class and the beds very comfortable. We had dinner the first night at the hotel and the food was delicious. The hotel is right across from the beach so it's very accessible. The only surprise was that we thought we were going to stay in a more rustic lodge, in the woods. This is a high end motel on the beach. But we weren't disappointed!

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 22, 2014

Ratanui Lodge was awesome! We were there with 3 other couples and Steve couldn't have done more for us. The cooked breakfast was lovely (and cheap!), the rooms were perfect, the service was amazing, very friendly and helpful with local info, nothing was a problem, highly recommend Ratanui.

Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 22, 2014

Ratanui Lodge is a real treat tucked in under the limestone hills at Pohara Beach. The rooms are luxuriously appointed - wonderfully comfortable bed and the best pillows I've ever encountered in paid-for accommodation - with everything you could need. Hosts are friendly, helpful and totally professional. Breakfast was a highlight with fresh muesli, yoghurt and warm toast, as well as some stunning home-made marmalade. Staying for a family wedding in Golden Bay, we could not have been happier with Ratanui Lodge.

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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 12, 2014 via mobile

We had only 2 days in golden bay but enjoyed every minute.
This lodge is just perfect and we felt Vers well looked after. Steve is a charming host ans Marcus at reception gave us plenty of ideas about what to do with our time.
Definitely recommend!

  • Stayed: February 2014
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

This place is a must in that region. The operators are the owners and they do care for all their clients. Upon arrival, offerings of free coffee and soda for my son. I wish we had stayed more than 2 days, they reserved the Kayaking and gave us advice for a very nice hike nearby. The room was very comfortable, details were all there and the bathroom is huge with a huge shower. Bed were the best, FREE WIFI is a plus. Go there!

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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 8, 2014

Excellent hosts, lovely room and all ammenities of a high standard and a great place to stay. Highly recommended. It has a lovely garden too. You really won't be disappointed as Ratanui lived up to all our expectations. Would love to stay there again.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 7, 2014

Had a wonderful two night stay with Steve & Pete at their beautiful lodge, back in November 2013, everything was perfection, from the service, food & rooms. It was lovely to come back to the lodge in the evening after a tiring day, to be greeted by the perfect host Steve, who couldn't do enough for you & wonderful food by Pete & his lady chef. I didn't want to leave the lodge & my favourite part of New Zealand, so laid back & beautiful, November is the best time to go, as the weather & flowers where amazing. Steve said he would even cancel my trip to Fiji as I didn't want to leave, by the way Steve I had a fantastic time in Fiji & San Francisco, such fun. Thank you for making my stay with you so very special

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled solo
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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: $189 - $300 (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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