Flaxhaven Lodge was the first destination on our New Zealand tour! There were five of us in our group and John and Lee made us so comfortable from the moment we walked in the door--- greeting us with wine, friendly smiles, and great conversation. Upon arriving, they arranged our dinner for us at Eggsentric- a quaint and enjoyable local spot just down the road. The house itself is modern, beautifully furnished, and welcoming. Throughout our entire trip [which lasted a month], we never found a garden that was more immaculate! It was stunning-- beautifully manicured and it is so obvious that they take pride in every inch of their property!
We absolutely loved starting our day with their delicious and healthy breakfasts and we felt right at home around their table. They were so helpful with suggestions for sightseeing and dining, and impressed us with their extensive knowledge of the area! There are gorgeous trails accessible from the property.
John and Lee are truly in the right business--- what a joy it was to be introduced to New Zealand by such a pleasant and hospitable couple. We were so glad we stayed two nights, but wish we could have stayed more! Lee even sent us her scrumptious cookie recipe--- one we will cherish, along with our memories, for years to come.
-Chris, Judy, & Katie S.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Flaxhaven Lodge is uniquely situated alongside picturesque Flaxmill Bay, near Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve and Hot Water Beach, yet central to countryside and town. 4 white safe sandy beaches and a great restaurant are within a few minutes walk. At Flaxhaven Lodge there is a glimpse of the sea, but essentially this is a garden setting, spacious quiet and peaceful yet with bars/restaurants a short walk, drive or quaint ferry ride away. ... more less