After a very short trip from Auckland we arrived at Sandpiper Lodge and were met and settled in to our clean and comfortable accommodation by our warm and friendly hosts Carolyn and Tom. That evening we enjoyed a first class meal with bubbles beforehand and a complimentary bottle of very good local wine with our meal. We enjoyed the company of our two fellow guests after dinner around a welcome log fire in the lounge. The following morning as a prelude to an active day we had a very enjoyable breakfast cooked by Tom which included scrambled eggs laid by his free range chooks, who are like family pets and add to the charm of Sandpiper Lodge. Another great breakfast the day we left, blueberry pancakes, bacon and maple syrup. Sandpiper Lodge is close to many areas for exploring. Carolyn and Tom both go the extra mile to make guests feel special, i.e. can make bookings for dinner out and Tom picked up a carton of wine for us when he was out and about.