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Awaroa Lodge
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

I stayed at Awaroa Lodge just after Christmas with friends, and had such a fabulous time, that I decided to stay again for a couple of nights at Easter after walking the Abel Tasman Coastal Track during the holiday weekend.
Again I found the staff to be super friendly, and very helpful. A friendly welcome at Reception after three days hiking was a wonderful reminder of how great this place is! It was so nice to have a couple of nights at Awaroa Lodge to look forward to as I started out on the track.
This is a fabulous hideaway, with very friendly helpful staff, great facilities, and great food!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

My husband and I recently walked three days on the Abel-Tasmen coast track, staying in our trusty backpacking tent most of the way, and decided to splurge on a night at Awaroa Lodge for our final night since it was near our wedding anniversary. We were there the final weekend of the season and there was only one other party staying there. We were upgraded to a superior suite, which was a fantastic open bright room with a comfortable bed, a step down to a large seating area and a and a large balcony with a comfy chaise longue and a beautiful view of the wetlands. We spent a lot of time watching the fantails flit through the air catching their dinner. I highly recommend spending the extra money for the room. They had real wood fires burning in the restaurant and in a public lounge area where we sat reading with pre-dinner cocktails. The beach is only a short walk away but don't expect a beachfront destination. The staff was all quite friendly and helpful, especially because there was some confusion with our water taxi return and they made sure to sort it out for us. We felt quite welcomed even as the the penultimate guests for the season. A great place to splurge if you're on the trail or as a base for day walks (nearly all of which are tide dependent) and kayak trips.

Room Tip: The superior suites are quiet and peaceful and have great views
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

We were booked in to the lodge by our travel company and were a bit concerned about making the ferry on time as we had a long drive to get there. However the boat trip to the lodge with Wilsons was excellent and the Lodge was a magic place. Being dropped off on the beach and having your luggage collected by quad bike, leaving you to walk to the lodge, just set up a very special place. We were at the end of the season in March so it was not busy. Good accommodation and food with great views from the dining area.

Lots of opportunity to for walking (as you would expect) but you do need to check the tide tables as quite a few walks involve crossing tidal beaches.

Perhaps the most memorable place we stayed in New Zealand where everywhere was pretty special.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

Myself and my girlfriend stopped in at Awaroa lodge on our second day of walking to grab a beer and some food after a long days hike. To get to the lodge you don't really add much time onto your walk and i actually think it is an easier bit of track than the skyline one which it meets up with.
We didn't get a chance to eat anything decent as we were there at the wrong time but all the snacks etc we ate were delicious.

We found it a little tricky to find at first as when you are walking from the north during low tide, the track take you off the beach and along the waters bed where a path leads off it. The path itself is unmarked but easy enough to notice as the lodge's boat was laying out front.

I wish we had the time to have spent more time there and also the money to have spent the night but we will definitely return in the future

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

Our primary objective in staying at Awaroa was to do some walking in the reserve and relax. We achieved this but we also had a great dining experience. We stayed at the lodge for three nights and, on the first night, were slightly worried that the menu was fairly short. On the first night, we had fish (trumpeter) and it was fabulous. The second night, I had the beef and my wife the chicken. When we placed our order that night, we mentioned to the restaurant manager that we were fans of fish but would prefer not to have a repeat of the same fish dish, despite it being excellent. He said that he would speak to the chef. Well, the chef produced another fabulous fish dish for us the next evening ... A superb combination of flavours!

The lounge has a fabulous log fire that they generally keep blazing in the evenings and at breakfast.

Overall, we found the service from the team to be outstanding. The team all seemed to be quite young but had certainly got a handle on 'customer service' ... well done and thank you.

The team will advise you on walks etc. and will book the Water Taxi pick-up for you. There are plenty of walks.

Wifi - expensive but reasonably fast
Cell phone signal is zero ... I.e. none at all
No TV
Parking ... You can't get here by car ... soooo peaceful!
Large bedroom / sitting area / balcony ... very comfortable
Large walk-in shower bathroom
Small tea/coffee area ... ask in the restaurant if you want fresh milk ... long life is in the fridge
Modern newish and well designed
Small hotel style fridge stocked with bar drinks - no freezer compartment

Room Tip: The superior rooms have a much more private outlook.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

This lovely property in Abel Tasman National Park had beautiful views in the wetlands surrounded by a rainforest,wonderful food and an accommodating staff. A peaceful spot to relax and enjoy the the best of New Zealand. It was one of the highlights of our month's visit to this great country.

Room Tip: We loved our room....21, one of their newer rooms. Beautiful view
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

We recently spent two nights here and loved every minute of it, from eels, glow worms, hiking, seals and amazing people it was a wonderful get away from it all experience. No TV's LOVED that. The staff were extraordinarily friendly and loved their jobs. Food was fantastic.. Would highly recommend especially if you like walking adventures etc. Easily accessible by water taxi or a shuttle type service. Lots of hikers from all over the world so you get to meet great people as well.

Room Tip: we had a family room but if privacy is an issue you may want a superior room as the other beds in th...
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Additional Information about Awaroa Lodge

Address: 11 Awaroa Bay, Abel Tasman National Park 7143, New Zealand (Formerly Awaroa Lodge)
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Abel Tasman National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Abel Tasman National Park
Price Range: $129 - $375 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Awaroa Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Awaroa Lodge in the heart of the Abel Tasman National Park has no direct road access so it is essential you arrange transport prior to your stay; our friendly Lodge team can assist you with options, pricing and bookings. Transport is available from Kaiteriteri, Marahau or Totaranui by sea shuttle or water taxi or from more or less anywhere else at the top of the south (or Wellington) by fixed wing plane or helicopter. Just minutes from the Abel Tasman Coastal Track, the lodge offers a remote and spectacular coastline with magnificent scenery, wildlife and native terrain in pristine condition. The lodge 's 26 rooms consist of standard, superior and family suites featuring an ensuite, bar fridge and tea and coffee making facilities, with views of picturesque wetlands and native forest. All guests are encouraged to appreciate the natural surroundings. We make this a little easier without the distractions of modern day life - no mobile phone coverage or in-room televisions make this the perfect place to totally get away! Enjoy the lodge's facilities including a cosy fireplace in the library, internet access, an organic garden , where our onsite restaurant and outdoor pizzeria source the freshest ingredients. Let our team at the activity desk arrange your guided tours. Explore the natural surroundings by tramping or sea kayaking or just laze on the golden sandy beaches of Awaroa Bay. Awaroa Lodge is the ultimate secluded getaway perfect for a romantic escape, family holiday or unique group experience. ... more   less 
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Awaroa Hotel Nelson

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