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Great Barrier Lodge
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

We took advantage of a 'Grab One ' package with Sealink ferry and Great Barrier Lodge. The thought of a four and half hour sailing was daunting but proved to be most enjoyable both ways. The scenery, dolphins and talking to other passengers helped pass the time. The crew were informative and friendly.
The location of the lodge is in a peaceful and scenic location and to be woken by the sound of a large pod of dolphins splashing and blowing in the bay on our second morning was amazing. So pleased to have digital cameras as we took many, many pics of the scenery, dolphins, nesting shags, kereru, weka, but did not quite manage to get a pic of the cheerful kaka.
Our hosts were friendly & helpful. Thanks Marama, Erica and Archie. Unfortunately we missed out on the snapper meal but, by all accounts , it was great.
Our studio room was compact but equipped with all we needed.
We drove from Tryphena to Port Fitzroy and on lots of side roads, most sealed but some very dusty. Narrow winding rooms with lots of OOh moments for a nervous passenger but considerate drivers made for safe sight seeing. Some dusty roads.
One recommendation if visiting before all the restaurants are opened for the season...take food for your stay as to buy on the island is costly.

Room Tip: Studio rooms are comfortable, quiet and the views are incredibly beautiful.
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank ValGee
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Ian and Erica A, Manager at Great Barrier Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2013

Hi Val,
Thank you so much for choosing to stay with us, we really enjoy and hope to make everyone's stay a good one. The island has so much to offer. I am also really sorry that you were unable to enjoy the snapper meal, lets make sure when you return on one of our great deals that we do with Grab One and others that we make sure Snapper is on the menu for you :)
Again thanks for reviewing us and look forward to your return to our lovely Island.
Cheers Archie, Erica, Marama and Donna

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Reviewed October 20, 2013

We recently stayed at the Lodge on the Whangaparapara harbour. The accommodation was excellent, comfortable and homely. The meals were delicious and the company superb. Credit must go to the managers Erica and Archie who are amazing hosts, cooks, tour guides, bar staff and information givers...The staff at the lodge are all nice people, real friendly locals... Its a beautiful place and we will be going back there soon.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Deane T
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Ian and Erica A, Manager at Great Barrier Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2013

Gidday Deane,
It was a real pleasure having you stay with us, the Island and Whangaparapara are a great place to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet, it is a great place to live:)
Look forward to having you back to enjoy a bbq on our deck. Will have a few cold ones with you at Main Beach next July.!
Cheers Archie & Erica

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Reviewed October 2, 2013

I would like to say a big thank you to our friendly hosts at the lodge. The accommodation was nice and clean and we had magnificent harbour views. Also compliments to the chef Erica for the delicious meals. A good central location to explore the island from.

Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
1  Thank Susan F
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Ian and Erica A, Manager at Great Barrier Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2013

Hi Susan,
Thank you for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. We are so glad that you had a great time over here on our lovely Island. We look forward to see you over here in the future. Regards Archie

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Reviewed July 1, 2013

I stayed at the lodge with a friend for a weekend. Our plan was to go fishing and diving as much as possible. This place is perfect if you are a keen fisherman/diver. You can catch fish for dinner 300m down the road at the wharf and the beaches of the island offer nice diving locations to catch crayfish.
The lodge is in a beautiful location, overlooking the bay including the old whaling station. Everybody was extremely friendly and the relaxed and happy barrier atmosphere made our stay perfect.
I will definitely come back.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Yannic N
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Ian and Erica A, Manager at Great Barrier Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2013

Gidday Yanic,
It was a real pleasure to have yourself and Ryan stay with us, and also that you were able to enjoy all the fantastic things Great Barrier Island has to offer. Erica also continues to comment on your amazing crayfish meal you cooked up :)
All the best with your studies in Germany and we look forward to see you back in New Zealand.

Cheers Archie & Erica

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Reviewed May 22, 2013

Awesome views,
Nice comfy beds,
Good quality food,
I had a great weekend at the Lodge as part of our NZ trip. We
used the free kayaks and went fishing with Archi at the wharf !
We rented bikes from Paradise Cycles a short walk from the Lodge.
I love great barrier island and would Love to live there.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Michael L
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Ian and Erica A, Manager at Great Barrier Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded May 29, 2013

Gidday Michael,
Thank you so much for staying with us, and thanks for your comments! We really look forward to seeing you over here on The Barrier again, and I'll pre organise some better sized snapper for us to catch off the Wharf here at Whangaparapara. Prost

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