This is a review of the dining experience, not the Lodge accommodation.
Bookings need to be made ahead for casual dining but this is well worth the experience. A 5 course pre-set menu is elegantly served with accompanying wines and a description of the dishes from Trevor, a very good chef. Carol kept us plied with wine and the conversation never waned. Canapes, wine and some of their very own cured olives started a memorable dinner. Carol had uplifted us from our car at the head of their driveway (on Medland Rd) and I don't think I would have liked to have driven that driveway with any wine in my system! It is designated 4 wheel drive and they are not kidding!
The house and dining area were cosy warm, the adobe walls being constructed from very thick straw bales for perfect insulation. The meals dishes offered a host of balanced flavours. As night time dining is extremely limited on Great Barrier Island during the winter months (like only one restaurant open at night), do consider a casual dining experience with Earthsong. You will not regret it. Not cheap, but no 5 course meal ever is and certainly for the quality and ambience this was excellent.
We will return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Earthsong Lodge is a luxury lodge hideaway on Great Barrier Island, just a 30 minute flight from Auckland. The 3 Ocean View Suites all enjoy breathtaking sea views and private sunny courtyards. Earthsong offers dinner included packages as well as B&B rates. Earthsong has a far-reaching reputation for its elegant cuisine. At sundown guests gather to recount their adventures over cocktails and to dine in timeless tradition savoring the finest taste sensations of Earthsong's contemporary cuisine. Great Barrier Island, just 30 minutes from Auckland, offers rugged landscapes, breathtaking views and unspoilt white sandy beaches - an island world that soothes the spirit and challenges the adventurous. Your hosts Trevor and Carol offer genuine kiwi hospitality with exceptional and friendly service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Earthsong Lodge Great Barrier Island/Tryphena, New Zealand