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Manuka Lodge
Ranked #2 of 6 Ohakune B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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29 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Fresh, clean and friendly”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2012

This classy little B&B in the must-visit North Island destination of Ohakune was fresh and a joy to to visit. The rooms are generous with excellent ensuites and it is well located in town. The owners were very friendly and keen to share there local knowledge. Breakfast was lovely and relaxed. Given that it has been purpose built I don't think there will be a bad room in the house.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at Manuka Lodge 3 days during our honeymoon. The room was really spacious and very well decorated. Alan and Sousie are so nice and helpful. They helped us with the organization of the Tongariro crossing. Breakfast is delicious and Sousie's muffins are the best we've ever had. Thank you for everything!

Stayed November 2011
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2012

First time we have ever stayed in a B&B as we usually use hotels, Drove on up and we were meet by great hosts Alan and Susie. Lovely location, Quiet, Immaculately clean and spacious room and ensuite, Centrally located and the excellent breakfast provided the perfect start to the day. Overall I would recommend this place to stay to anyone wanting to enjoy a relaxed comfortable atmosphere.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Fredericton, NB
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2012

We stayed at Manuka Lodge for two nights after driving up from Wellington. It was our first time staying at a B&B in NZ and they set a very high standard for the rest of the trip.

Our room was quiet and very well appointed, the lodge was spotless, and the breakfast was great. Alan and Susie were excellent hosts, helping us to go get ready for the Tongariro crossing and recommending restaurants in the evenings. Susie even taught us how to make proper poached eggs, and Alan recommended several wonderful local spots to visit that we wouldn't otherwise have seen.

We wish we'd stayed there a few more days...

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2012

We were charmed by the Makuna Lodge and Alan and Susie. We stayed two nights and did the alpine crossing in between. Nice rooms, great breakfast and charming hosts. What else could you want?

  • Stayed February 2012
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2012

Alan and Susie built Manuka Lodge as a B&B, and the design of the house rather suggests this. The little reception desk in the entrance hall perhaps militates against its having quite the intimate and informally welcoming atmosphere of some other B&Bs one has stayed in, but our hosts were friendly and charming, our room was immaculately clean and spacious and comfortable, and the breakfasts were large and enjoyable. We recommend Manuka Lodge unreservedly.
We didn't use the spa bath but wish we had had the time. We loved the close proximity to Mount Ruapehu and were very grateful for the local area information that Alan gave us.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2012

We spent two nights in Okahune but only one night at the Manuka Lodge. We wish we had booked both nights there. It was a lovely B&B. We were there Christmas eve. On Christmas morning we were served a sumptuous champagne breakfast by Alan and Susie. Our room was quiet, clean and very comfortable. This is a new lodge and a good choice if you are in Okahune.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Manuka Lodge

Property: Manuka Lodge
Address: 18 Manuka Street, Ohakune 4625, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > Ohakune
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Ohakune
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
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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