We stay at the lodge for 5 nights. We enjoyed our stay. The lodge is just by the sea. The view is magnificent. We stayed in the cottage. The room was clean, quiet and spacious. It is near the DOC Green Campsite. There are a few easy walking tracks for our 4 years old daughter. The restaurant on site had delicious food with generous portions. The owners of the lodge were friendly.
After a not so pleasant two night stay elsewhere on the Island arriving at the lodge on a beautiful sunny afternoon was a real relief. A lovely bay so sheltered and quiet. We swam off the wharf and from a little stoney bay just out from the lodge. The room we had was studio shared deck area facing the water. It was clean and well appointed. The hosts and restaurant staff were stunning such authentic service genuinely happy to make us happy. Get overseas kiwis and visit our local Island and soak up quintessential kiwi.
We chose the self contained Pioneer Cottage - a rectangular room such as early European settlers lived in, with a bathroom attached. The huge bed at one end was very comfortable and the adjacent bathroom good. The kitchen/living end had a two-ring cooktop and under grill, which was adequate for our needs, we had a delicious meal at the restaurant onsite. We thought the cottage was rather expensive for the minimal space and facilities.
We stayed in a studio room at Great Barrier Lodge. The room was well set up with a comfortable bed, ensuite bathroom and kitchenette. The view from our room across the Whangaparapara Harbour was stunning both at day time and in the evening with all the boats in the harbour.
The restaurant on site had such good food that we ate there every night of our stay. As the weather was good we were able to eat out on the deck each night and soak in the beautiful environment.
A beautiful secluded location with stunning views from our room. The owners were very friendly and helpful in telling us the best spots on the island to visit. The food was absolutely superb. Great Barrier is an amazing untouched paradise and hopefully remains that way!