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“Decent lodging, mediocre Bfast, next to dog kennel”
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Redwood Lodge
Ranked #2 of 4 Otorohanga B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
SF bay area
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28 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Decent lodging, mediocre Bfast, next to dog kennel”
Reviewed December 25, 2012

Plus: Decent size room, nice deck, hot tub, good bathroom fixtures, clean. Comfortable bed. Negatives: Ironically, in the middle of nowhere but RIGHT next to a dog kennel and barking may be an issue. Although you may get the idea from this site and owners web site that Julie is quite the cook, I found this not to be the case. Of the 3 breakfast choices only the eggs Benedict was palatable at all. But you will pay for breakfast whether you like it or not. The location is about a 1/2 hr. drive from Waitoma in the middle of sheep and cattle country. Its truly in the middle of nowhere. Unnecessarily far from the caves in my opinion. Summary: Waitomo is tiny town with only a few businesses. Noise etc. was not the issue we thought it would be. Would have preferred staying close in "town" where the caves, restaurants etc. are. In my opinion not worth the extra drive. You will probably spend only a day in Waitomo anyway.

Room Tip: Ground floor corner suite was OK.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

It was a quick visit (one night), but we greatly enjoyed our stay at Redwood Lodge. The setting is lovely and we greatly enjoyed a dinner by the chef. Make sure you plan ahead for dinner -- it is great. A great place to relax and enjoy the lovely countryside.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Wellington
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Reviewed May 14, 2012

The hosts welcomed us warmly despite late arrival and made us feel really comfortable.
Juliet - not only an excellent cook but a great consultant for planning your local adventures - was accommodating all our wishes and more than helpful organising everything. The breakfast was delicious - with the choice being ours, including the time for serving. It might as well be the only reason to come to the lodge since there are plenty of restaurants/cafes in Waitomo but some of them in want for quality.
The rooms - although clean and well equipped - are a bit outdated (hello 70s and 80s) and stuffy. Having the windows open during the night helped a lot, and I am sure the owners will soon overhaul the lodge to provide more comfort to their guests.
After a tough caving day, the spa is a bliss, with nature providing the background music.
The grounds are beautiful, the location tranquil and inviting for longer strides through the countryside. For any pet owners the concept of lodge and kennel might be worthwhile considering for an extended holidays for pets and owners alike.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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London
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Reviewed March 30, 2012

nice quiet surrounds close to Waitomo Caves. They owners are extremely friendly and helpful, and even had fresh baking for us on our arrival! Good choice of breakfast and tasted beautiful.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Vernon, Canada
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Reviewed March 18, 2012

The hospitality and efficiency of our hostess Julie made this New Zealand experience one to remember. She went out of her way to make us comfortable in her home. She took time to help us research the best caving option for us for our Waitomo Caves experience. Her amazing breakfast options were a wonderful way to start our day. With appropriate notice, we took her up on her offer to prepare our evening meal on our second night there. Out of this world! She presented beautifully a mouthwatering meal in a very relaxed and fun atmosphere. Her ability to multi-task throughout her day to day routines between her business and family was extremely impressive. What a treat for our stay in Otorohanga.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 17, 2012

The lodge is set in a spacious grounds, our room was large and well-appointed and the food Julie provided was really special. We were only there one night to visit the Waitomo caves and the location is ideal for that, being only a few minutes drive away but secluded. Julie was a great host and we wished we could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Canada
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Reviewed March 1, 2012

We enjoyed our stay at Redwood Lodge. It is situated in the countryside, in a beautiful rural area. The room was very clean, spacious and comfortable. The grounds are lovely, with a pool and an outside sitting area. Julie was very welcoming and friendly. She provided us with a lot of information about the area. We placed our "breakfast order" at night -- there were a lot of yummy choices. Breakfast was delicious, a perfect way to start the day.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Redwood Lodge
Address: 222 Puketawai Rd | RD 6 Otorohanga, Otorohanga 3976, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Otorohanga
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Otorohanga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Redwood Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Only ten minutes from the famous Waitomo Caves, Redwood Lodge offers travelers affordable luxury in a tranquil setting. Redwood Lodge offers 4 good-sized heated/air conditioned, king/twin or queen en-suite rooms, each provided with tea/ coffee making facilities. Enjoy our eight acres of park-like grounds, guest lounge with TV, pool table and open log fire to warm your toes during the colder months. Relax in our hot spa, sauna or enjoy a cooling dip in our in-ground swimming pool before relaxing on the deck in the summer sun. With dinner available you can settle in for the night. After a good nights sleep wake up to a delicious and filling cooked or continental breakfast, homemade preserves are standard. Your hosts look forward to welcoming you into their home and if required, happily offering a wide range of information on the area in which they live. Discounts are given for multiple nights stay. ... more   less 
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