We first found Appledore Lodge by accident, six years ago. We liked it so much we booked in for five nights this time. The setting is stunning, beside a river with white water coming down in steps. There were ducks and a kingfisher when we were there. The rooms are all excellent, very comfortable. The location is quiet, outside Paihia itself. The new owners are continuing the earlier high standard of facilities and service: very friendly, cheerful, helpful. Be aware that the breakfasts are 'continental', not cooked; they are delivered to your room in a tray the previous evening, with other items in a fridge. The quality is high, there's more food than you can eat: fruit, muffins, toast, yoghurt, cereal selection, tea/coffee, juice... we really didn't miss the unhealthy options! Paihia is a beautiful location, with a wide range of places to eat, ranging from pizza parlours to "Only Seafood", a high-quality seafood restaurant. Highly recommended; we would stay at Appledore Lodge again if we were in the area. The location is well placed for visiting most of the Northland area, with bus tours to Cape Reinga at the northern tip, along with boat trips and helicopter rides.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rediscover tranquility and peace to the sound of the Waitangi River gently tumbling over miniature waterfalls and rapids, set in two acres of gently sloping pasture land and only 25 meters from the river bank, you will be spellbound by the views from your pillow and all of our accommodation with 1 kilometer of uninterrupted river frontage views. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Appledore Lodge Paihia, Bay Of Islands