Great Barrier Island is a great place to visit - remarkably unspoilt, very quiet, deserted perfect beaches, very few people. It’s difficult to believe how close you are to Auckland, you can even see the top half of the Sky Tower over the horizon through the lodge telescope! Most of the roads are unsealed, adding to the atmosphere if not the comfort. You even need a four wheel drive to access the lodge – I am not kidding. But either Trevor will transport you to and from the airfield or you can hire one which is a good idea in order to see around the island and don’t forget that it is large, the 4th largest in NZ.
There are just three suites, all superbly equipped and extremely comfortable with faultless facilities. This is a seriously relaxing place to stay. During the first two nights of our stay we were the only guests and were massively pampered, quite idyllic really.
Dinner was included in the deal and was cooked by Trevor a chef par excellence! Must have been six courses, and before each course he explained the ingredients and the preparation. From their own olives from the garden to the more exotic items imported from afar every last mouthful at dinner and breakfast was delicious. As well as being delicious the meal became an entertaining event too. On the third night there were six of us at dinner and it turned into a really enjoyable and very sociable evening.
Our experience at Earthsong was truly memorable, we will definitely return. Trevor and Carol were wonderful hosts and provided us with a faultless stay.
When you include the flights it turns into a fairly expensive trip but is very well worth it. During our flight back, whilst on the approach to Auckland Airport the pilot did a sudden 360 turn so we could get a view of the whale below, it was then that we were reminded that this wasn’t an every day trip!
- 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