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“Gorgeous Views from Spa Bath!” 5 of 5 stars
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Tarlton's Lodge
Ranked #5 of 23 Paihia B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne Australia
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17 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“Gorgeous Views from Spa Bath!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

We loved our stay here! Mike is really a great host with a superb eye for fine taste.
Loved our room with own private outdoor spa bath with spectacular views of Paihia.

Totally recommend it. And we adored Pedro & Toby too. You will find out why!

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Hamilton New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Amazing Views, clean, private and with a spa.... couldn't ask for more...... It is a little out of the way and up a windy road but it was nice to be away from the hustle of the beach area. Mike was extremely helpful and we had a lovely breakfast on our patio the next morning.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

I'd read on TripAdvisor that Tarlton's had the best view of the NYE fireworks in Paihia, and we were not disappointed! Upon arriving at the house, we already got a sense of the beautiful hilltop view across the Bay of Islands. Mike was a great host, helpful and friendly but never overbearing, and offered loads of great advice on things to do in the Paihia/Russell area. His awesome cooked breakfast, served on your own veranda each morning, was another highlight. The rooms are luxurious and private, all three rooms were occupied while we were there but we never saw any of the other guests (except briefly to say "Happy New Year" at midnight!). The location is also great; after driving around the North Island nearly every day, we were keen to leave the car behind. Paihia is about a 10 minute walk down the hill, near enough to stroll to dinner, but far enough away from the noise and crowds of New Year's Eve. Overall, Tarlton's was a great choice for a secluded getaway in the Bay of Islands!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

The view, room, and Mike's hospitality (and awesome breakfasts) made Tarlton's my favorite spot on my three week trip of the North Island. The location is close enough to walk to town (although you have to huff it back up the hill!). I didn't want to leave - - I kept tacking on additional nights!

The place was up for sale when I was there in August. I hope there are no changes with new ownership.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Our one night at Tarlton's Lodge was definitely not enough. The quality of the accommodation and the service offered by Mike are first rate. We made full use of the hot tub on our balcony with bubbly to boot Watching the sailboats go by at the end of the afternoon as it was our last night in NZ after a super trip. We would highly recommend Tarlton's and look forward to one day being able to return.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

We camped and backpacked our way up the west coast and back down the east of Northland, we got to Paihia and thought we would treat ourselves a nice hotel on the beach, Lady at the info centre showed us some pamphlets and we ended up at Tarltons! WOW! It was absolute bliss! We have stayed in some nice places but this takes the cake! We plan to go back when we can. The rooms were spotless, the breakfast fantastic, and the view from the spa pool with a glass of wine was to die for! Thanks Mike!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

We recently spent four weeks travelling through New Zealand. One of our first stops was Paihia in the beautiful Bay of Islands, where we stayed at Tarlton’s Lodge for two nights. And how we wished we could have stayed longer! This place is a real treat. The lodge is very modern and has spectacular views. The rooms themselves are beautifully appointed and spotlessly clean. We also very much enjoyed the spa pool on the private deck and the stunning views over the bay. Relaxing in your private spa pool after a long day of sightseeing is just perfect! On the first day, we had delicious breakfast on our deck and enjoyed the warm October sun. The second day was a bit cloudy, so Mike served breakfast in the lodge, which was great as well. We found Mike to be a welcoming and attentive host. He’s very passionate about the area and gave us plenty of valuable information and tips. We highly recommend this place to everyone staying in the Bay of Islands and really hope to be back soon!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Tarlton's Lodge
Address: 11 Sullivans Road, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Tarlton's Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Paihia’s most spectacular sea & island views await your discovery at Tarlton’s Lodge. All our luxury B&B rooms have their own entrances, decks, spa pools & parking space. Each room is designed & furnished to the highest standard with leather armchairs you can really relax in & enjoy the fabulous views. Every morning(weather permitting) I will cook you a wonderful breakfast & serve it to you on your own deck. Each day I service your room & replenish your fridge with fresh milk. After you return from an adventurous day relax in your own spa pool looking out over the Bay of Islands. I have lots of local knowledge about the area & the tours as well. Tarlton’s Lodge is situated just an 8 minute walk or 2 minute drive to the centre of Paihia, close to the amenities & tours but away from the hustle & bustle.**Please note we do not take children** ... more   less 
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