My sister and I googled a special place for a special occasion and found Waoku Lodge - as the saying goes "a picture paints a thousand words!" This is without saying. We didn't look any further and took a drive out to Whale Bay to find the lodge. We were both overwhelmed with the beauty that surrounded Waoku Lodge and the ambience. We were greeted in the office by Rob - a man of few words but a humble and caring man. He was quietly spoken and welcoming - thank you Rob you made us feel very at home.
My sister and I toured through all the lodges and fell in love with every room. All we knew at this stage was that it was the right place for a special surprise occassion. The only hard part we found was within ourselves in deciding which lodge - thank you Rob for allowing us to wonder and spend the whole of the afternoon pondering and mulling over the lodges surrounded by the natures of Mt Karioi - the sounds of the birds and the rustle of trees in the back -
Not yet decided on the lodges we met with Sharon (the heart and soul) of Rob and Waoku Lodge to go through the menu for our venue
This was equally hard as choosing the rooms, so we entrusted Sharon to cater to her heart's desired taste.
We arrived on the eve of the our special occassion - "my sister's wedding" for a girls night. Welcomed by our humble host Rob and settled into our lodge "Matangi". We were served by our loving Rob - scrumptiously divine food prepared by our very own Sharon - yummy to our tummys!!!
The eve of this night ended with a massage at the in-house Moana Spa - oh my gosh - this is definitely a must to add to your stay.
Oh and the outdoor spa (oops) I was the only one who got to experience this with a very special and dear friend. This was a divine moment indeed to relax and just simply chill out with a few glasses of red (hahahaha)
The day was clear blue sky and sunny with the freshness of winter in the air
Everything was perfect - Rob and Sharon, we can't thank you enough for how you both made our special day so perfect with every detail you provided for the ceremony - for the reception - the food - honestly everything - the quests were overwhelmed and speechless - thank you with all our heartfelt love
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled at the base of Mt Karioi, overlooking Whale Bay and the Tasman Sea, Waoku Lodge offers five-star luxury accommodation for the discerning traveler. Four self-contained apartments with ocean or bush views provide the base to relax, enjoy Raglan's arts and cafe culture or just chill on the adjoining decks. Surfing fans especially find Waoku Lodge a perfect base for watching for when surf's up and can be at Indicator's Point, Whale Bay, Manu Bay or Ngaranui Beach within minutes! Although equipped to a high specification for self-catering, an exclusive menu for breakfast and dinner is available with meals served in the privacy of your apartment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Waoku Hotel Raglan