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Ratanui Lodge
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Pohara
Certificate of Excellence
Kennicott, Alaska
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14 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Oh My”
Reviewed March 18, 2014

This place is such a beautiful get away. Everything about this place is pure style and luxury. The beds literally feel like clouds, some of the best nights rest I have ever had. The food is incredible. Steve and Pete are such a great team, and they make you feel as if you are part of the family.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Scotch Plains, United States
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

As we were traveling around NZ and stayed at several places this was by far the best one on all levels. It is much more than a lodge but closer to an amazing B & B. Steve and Pete have brought wonderful and special touches from the antique furnishings to the china (even in our rooms for our coffee/tea). The food is very good and served in a lovely dining area (with lit taper candles at night in silver polished candle sticks). We even had live flowers in our rooms (ours was a blooming amaryllis). The flowers are an extension of the very gorgeous gardens Steve and Pete must lovingly attend. And yet with all of this, it was a very relaxed and casual environment. After dinner my son and I were able to enjoy drinks together in the lounge area and basically Steve would put together almost any drink requested (we didn't challenge him very much!)

On our check in Steve not only had the tickets for one of the excursions he arranged, but also asked if we would need lunch for that excursion. 3 sacks with a wonderful lunch were awaiting us the next morning.

I can truly say that should I visit Golden Bay again - I will be staying at the Ratanui Lodge.

Room Tip: We had the end room by the pool and it seemed extra spacious.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

There is nothing not to like about Ratanui Lodge from the great location a few steps away from a beautiful beach to the luxury of the lodge.
The hosts are welcoming and run a first class establishment. Our room was spacious and comfortable with a great bathroom and large walk in shower, everything was perfect.
The grounds and outside seating area make for a great place to enjoy a drink on a warm summer's evening ad nothing is too much trouble for the proprietors. We dined on both nights of our stay and the food was well cooked and good value for money. We also enjoyed the breafast spread, which just contributed to a highly enjoyable stay.
A perfect place to stay in a wonderful location.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Yorkshire, England
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Reviewed February 25, 2014 via mobile

We stayed at Ratanui Lodge for 2 nights 23/24 Feb. Even before we arrived we thought it was going to be a good choice as we'd been liasing with Steve about nearby activities and he couldn't have been more helpful. And from the minute we arrived everything was perfect. The rooms are classy, clean and with excellent walk in showers. Pete's food was fantastic and Steve the perfect host. Loved it!

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Vista, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

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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Nelson, New Zealand
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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.

Room Tip: They're all good, although the west wing rooms are further from the road and would probably be q...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Ratanui Lodge

Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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