My wife and 5 year old have just spent three nights as guests (and you really are treated like guests) at Manuka Lodge. From the moment you arrive and take in the professionally landscaped alpine garden and sealed driveway you know that this is a no expense spared luxury accommodation.
Susie and her husband Alan are delightful people who have purpose built their home with the aim of providing a top notch experience for their guests. Super friendly and with the magical ability to appear when needed/vanish when not required, you do not feel that you are invading someone's home. The spacious and beautifully decorated lounge with feature fireplace is yours to enjoy, and even the dining table with plates, glasses etc is made available should you want to order takeaways and eat in. It is this commitment to ensuring all the needs of their guests are met that make Susie and Alan stand-out hosts in my opinion.
The house is kept very warm and the double glazing ensures quiet comfort at night. Extremely clean and orderly, Manuka Lodge is maintained in "show home" condition and this makes for a quality experience. The spa pool provides welcome relief to aching muscles after a day skiing on the slopes and sitting under the stars on a clear cool night should not be missed.
We shared a spacious room upstairs that had a super comfortable king size bed, small fridge, television, bedside drawers, chair and table. The wardrobe and radio alarm clock were very handy also. The ensuite with shower was a good size and featured quality fittings, heated towel rack and lovely toiletries. Again I was very impressed with the state of cleanliness and the quality of the towels and linen and the plush bathrobes and guest
slippers are a lovely touch that sets this property apart from the rest.
Breakfast is included in the nightly rate and our hosts provide fruit juice, toast and condiments, a selection of cereals, natural yoghurt, mixed berries and milk as well as cooking to order a full English breakfast. Fried eggs, scrambled eggs (the best I'd ever had!) mushrooms and doorstop toast - nothing was a problem for Susie the "short" order chef! Alan ground the beans and prepared a consistently excellent brew of french press/plunger
coffee each morning also.
Manuka Lodge is a perfect getaway for couples or families. Centrally located in Ohakune at the foot of Mt Ruapehu it is an ideal place to stay for a ski holiday in winter or for hiking over summer. Restaurants and a supermarket are nearby. I recommend this accommodation to anyone who appreciates a little luxury and who is open to meeting fellow guests.
Congratulations to Susie and Alan for giving us a "top notch" three days in paradise!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Defining a new style of accommodation in the township of Ohakune which straddles the southern edge of the stunningly beautiful Tongariro World Heritage National Park. This perfectly appointed, purpose built Bed and Breakfast offers a first-rate alternative to a Hotel with many of the trappings of a Boutique Lodge. We provide 4 star-plus facilities, en-suite hotel style rooms with breakfast fully inclusive of the rates. Manuka Lodge is intimate luxury, perfectly located in a secluded cul-de-sac, 10 minutes walk from the shops, bars and eateries of Ohakune. Also only 40mins from the start of the world famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing and 20mins from Turoa Ski Area. It makes for a perfect get away Winter and Summer. ... more less
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