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“"Very Special & Memorable Family weekend at the Beautiful Bushland Park Lodge"”

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Bushland Park Lodge & Retreat
Tauranga
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“"Very Special & Memorable Family weekend at the Beautiful Bushland Park Lodge"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2012

We planned a family weekend get away at "Bushland Park Lodge" at the end of July, while my daughter is home from the USA and son was able to escape from his business. We arrived on the Friday afternoon to a warm greeting and smiles from Petra and Reinhard. They helped us take our luggage to our warm and very inviting suites then offered us a welcome drink in the cosy living area with the fire roaring and great smells coming from the kitchen!! We had a fantastic 1st night as we were invited into the kitchen to enjoy drinks and pre-dinner nibble while we watched Reinhard cook our fabulous Paella. We all had a great night with a glass of sangria and a couple of tequila shots to compliment a delicious Paella meal!!! Our suites were beautifully appointed,with great thought gone in to the "attention to detail" in everywhere you looked. Candles,biscuits, port, body lotion & perfume, beautiful lighting, bathroom robes to name a few.
We all enjoyed the hearty breakfasts with great coffee, the omelette was the best we had every
had. Bushland Park is set on 5 immaculately kept acres, beautiful native trees, pond, romantic outdoor bath with candles and heater for an evening soak. The river runs along side the quaint country road and is only metres away from the Lodge's front door so the sound of gentle moving water is so relaxing and calming..
We enjoyed more of Reinhard's culinary masterpieces on Saturday, a 3 course meal of Salmon tartar, Angus beef eye fillet and to finish a dessert of Tiramisu. It was magnificent and served on beautiful plate ware, cutlery and glasses. We so appreciated every mouthful as we are big time "foodies".
Reinhard and Petra are truly gifted and talented people and LOVE what they do!! They are your prefect hosts and make you feel like friends not guests. We would recommend Bushland Park Lodge to anyone that has an appreciation for beautiful cuisine sourced from New Zealand's finest ingredients and value the peace and quite of a magical location set in the native bush of the Coromandal. We can't wait to return to enjoy some of the long bush walks and a soak in the outside bath that the weather didn't allow us to indulge in. Thank-you Reinhard and Petra for making our weekend with our children so very, very special and memorable. You were both amazingly accommodating hosts and we loved having you as part of our time together. See you again one day!!!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Rye, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2012

Stay at the Bushland Park Lodge and you absolutely will not be disappointed.
The most difficult part of planning our family trip to New Zealand was choosing where to go with the limited time that we had. After much research, I found that the Coromandel Peninsula and the Whangamata region would offer scenery, beaches, and bush that my teenagers would be interested in, and a even a few vineyards to placate the parents who would not have time to go to the south island!
We flew from Boston to Auckland and after 30+ hours of travel, we certainly did not want to be disappointed with our first night stay! The Lodge is just a bit more than a two hour drive from Auckland airport. We chose to take the scenic route and spent the day driving around the Cormandel Penninsula ( the scenery is breathtaking). Upon arrival at the lodge, Petra and Reinhard greeted us, allowed us to freshen up and then sat us down for an AMAZING three course New Zealand gourmet dinner! (The Rack of Lamb with Reinhard's reduction sauce was incredible!!!) Each day Petra and Reinhard would offer suggestions on where to go. We would tend do do a bit of hiking to find hidden beaches or the gorgeous waterfall just in the back yard...this allowed us to look forward to our private dinner and not feel guilty about the forthcoming calories! Each day we would go off on an adventure and return to be pampered at the lodge. Great food, culinary education, outdoor bubble baths, beautiful gardens and simply warm and wonderful hosts...how can you go wrong? We will make it a point to return!!! Thank you Petra and Reinhard! We will always remember our lovely stay!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Caterham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2012

We arrived at Bushland Park Lodge having spent a lovely but tiring day driving around the Coromandel Peninsula. Paula and Reinhard were waiting to welcome us with a refreshing drink and gave us a choice of rooms (all so nice it was difficult to choose). We were very pleased that dinner was available at the Lodge as it allowed us to settle in and relax. The food was first class and we enjoyed having the company of Petra and Reinhart at our meals. They both take a pride in serving good quality well prepared food. Petra and Reinhard were wonderful hosts and were allways ready to answer our questions about the area and suggest places to visit. The garden is beautiful and we were delighted to see the glow worms in a grotto at the end of the garden. With so little light polution the night sky was magnificent and Reinhart offered us the use of his tripod to photograph it. We would definatley stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2012

BLP was recommended to us “If you don’t stay anywhere else in NZ you must stay at BPL” by friends who had stayed in 2011. We stayed 3 nights in February and it was truly a great experience. Petra & Reinhard were the perfect hosts, we arrived as guests and left as family!
Start the day with one of Petra’s great breakfasts, and then do whatever to wish, it is the perfect place to relax & do nothing or go out and visit the Coromandel peninsular or one of the fantastic local beaches (Petra will give you all the details)
Whatever you do during the day we strongly recommend an evening meal at BLP, the variety and quality of Reinhard’s cooking is a must. Finally finish off with a romantic candle lit soak in the outdoor bath.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Caernarfon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2012

We chose to stay here because we needed a base to explore the Coromandel Peninsula and we had enjoyed a stay in a bush lodge on the South Island a few years ago. The Bushland Park Lodge is a little different from our previous experience as hosts Petra & Reinhard have surrounded the lodge with wonderful gardens that they have carved out of the bush. We stayed in the spacious and comfortable Kauri Suite which has a deck opening straight on to the gardens. The evening meals cooked by Reinhard were excellent and each morning Petra served up a beautiful fresh breakfast. The Bushland Park Lodge is not a cheap place to stay, but it is a unique experience and the service provided by Petra & Reinhard is outstanding. If we go back to the area we will definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2012

A perfect romantic getaway for valentines. We were looking for somewhere to get away to enjoy each others company and this was brilliant. Our hosts left us alone to do our own thing but were available when we needed them. Dinner was delicious and Petra had made contact with us prior to make sure there was nothing we would prefer not to have. We were able to have dinner away from other guests which suited us perfectly. The outdoor bath at night in the light rain was bliss!

  • Stayed February 2012
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2012

We stayed at the lodge for three days. We knew it was going to be good when we saw the handwritten welcome note on a board outside the entrance. We were warmly greeted by Petra, who showed us to our suite. There are only three suites here. We chose the Kauri Suite, which was extremely comfortable. We were lucky enough to be the only guests staying at the time so we received 100% attention from Petra and Reinhard - they are superb hosts. Each morning after a tasty breakfast we discussed dinner options with Reinhard, who never failed to deliver top-quality food - and plenty of it!

The property is about 5km out of Whangamata, up a gravel road. It has beautiful grounds, well maintained by Reinhard. There are bush walks, or you can simply lie down on your deck and enjoy the surroundings.

The cleanliness standard is high; if we had any improvement suggestion, it would be that larger towels would benefit the offering.

This is a unique place - don't expect a "luxury international 5 star hotel" they are all too common. This is a completely different offer, but equally as good in it's own way.

We'll be back!

  • Stayed January 2012
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Property: Bushland Park Lodge & Retreat
Address: 444 Wentworth Valley Road, Whangamata 3691, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Coromandel Peninsula > Whangamata
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Whangamata
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Bushland Park Lodge & Retreat 5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bushland Park Lodge & Retreat in Whangamata created its own speciality for a high quality and very personal hosting. The owners "Petra & Reinhard" love to share their passion with their guests for fine dining, glass-art & pure nature with New Zealand "bush & beach". Exclusively only 3 fortunate couples experience this very unique place in the Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand with a variety of attractive features: A private glow-worm grotto just 3 minutes from your dining table. Outdoors, close to the lily pond and with total privacy a "Double Slipper Bath" to gaze at the Milky Way stars with Champagne & Candles. Your "private Chef" offers high class cuisine in the Lodge's dining wine cellar; often on his own created art glass dinnerware. Bush walks to the famous Wentworth Falls start at the doorstep, and glorious white-sand beaches are only a few minutes' drive away. Two golf courses close by. Bushland Park Lodge is not just a stop along the way, but a destination in its own right. ... more   less 
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