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The Bay Lodge

36 Bay Vista Drive, Pohara 7183 New Zealand
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#1 of 1 B&B in Pohara
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We invite you to share our haven of peace and tranquillity. Our elevated location offers you an all-day relaxation with native birdsong from the nearby nature reserve and unsurpassed sea views over the Bay. Laze on your private deck to soak up memorable sunsets or unwind in our outdoor spa under a blanket of stars...
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Hot bath
Outdoor pool
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Adults only
Non-smoking hotel
Pool / beach towels
Heated pool
Outdoor furniture
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Air conditioning
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Microwave
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Complimentary toiletries
Refrigerator
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Bay View
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Dutch
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Charlie B wrote a review Jan 2023
Rio Naranjo, Costa Rica72 contributions37 helpful votes
A five star experience in a lovely location with scenic views, excellent facilities and wonderful hosts. Although the weather was a little changeable during our visit, this did not dampen our spirits and we look forward to returning again in the future to experience more of this marvellous area. Our hosts were perfect and surprised us with a home baked cake which was delicious. Yum! Thoroughly recommended.
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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GaryandLesleyTravel wrote a review Feb 2022
Auckland Central, New Zealand5286 contributions526 helpful votes
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The Bay Lodge is simply stunning, everything that could have been added to ensure a comfortable stay has been, all the boxes ticked including heated swimming pool, spa pool, outdoor furniture and day beds. Our hosts were welcoming and informative, the space was private and relaxing. Expectations exceeded, luxury delivered. Thank you
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Julie C wrote a review Jan 2021
Auckland, New Zealand55 contributions18 helpful votes
We stayed at The Bay Lodge for our wedding anniversary in Dec for 3 nights. We were warmly greeted by the hosts and were offered a delicious afternoon tea on the house! Everything was perfect and well appointed, from room decor to cleanliness. Every detail was taken cared of! This was the most stunning place we had stayed in by far! The hosts' local knowledge was superb and they offered us recommendations on the tracks and walks that we thoroughly enjoyed.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Room Tip: The Aroha suite is at the most private location.
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Response from Sonja Van Bever, Owner at The Bay Lodge
Responded 14 Feb 2021
Great that you have such great memories of your stay with us and enjoyed the variety that Golden Bay has to offer. Thank you for taking the time in writing us a review. We really appreciate your positive feedback. It was a pleasure to have you stay with us.
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TravellingPareras wrote a review Jul 2020
Auckland Central, New Zealand17 contributions4 helpful votes
This is one of the most beautiful places in NZ that we have stayed in. The view is stunning, the gardens are beautifully landscaped. The suite had everything we needed and more. The hosts were friendly and informative. We would definitely stay again and highly recommend to anyone.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Response from Sonja Van Bever, Owner at The Bay Lodge
Responded 11 Jul 2020
Thank you so much for taking the time to review our property. We are glad you thoroughly enjoyed our place and garden. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. There is so much more to explore in beautiful Golden Bay.
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davidfrank125 wrote a review May 2020
Nelson, New Zealand5 contributions
We were totally spellbound; with perfection accommodation, the most extraordinary views and gardens and hospitality that could not be surpassed. You simply will not experience better hospitality; thank you so much Sonja and Filip; we plan to return soon.
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Date of stay: June 2020
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Room Tip: The view from each suite is simply superb.
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Response from Sonja Van Bever, Owner at The Bay Lodge
Responded 11 Jul 2020
Thank you for taking the time in writing us a review. We really appreciate your positive feedback. Thank you again and we hope to see you again very soon!
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Matt B wrote a review Mar 2020
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We spent 6 fabulous nights at The Bay Lodge for our honeymoon and it was perfect. Our hosts were super and made everything easy and relaxed. We will be back :) The suite was luxurious and private, including deck and of course the magnificent view of golden bay. Enjoying the spa and watching the stars at night is a real treat. We filled our days with a scenic flight, hikes, tours, boats, in and around the Albel Tasman, Golden Bay and Farewell Spit. A truely amazing place to stay!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from Sonja V, Eigenaar at The Bay Lodge
Responded 7 May 2020
We are glad you enjoyed your stay at The Bay Lodge in Pohara for your honeymoon. Thank you so much for your lovely comments. We really do appreciate your feedback, and do hope to see you again.
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helen_steve1423 wrote a review Mar 2020
Brisbane, Australia6 contributions
Wow - how can we even begin to describe this wonderfully peaceful accommodation overlooking beautiful Golden Bay. We have just left this amazing place and would return again in a heartbeat! Sonja and Filip provide a wonderful, friendly service with many extras that you don’t usually see in accommodation such as port, chocolates and cookies, sun hats and a beach bag, movies and magazines in the room. They even brought us a delicious freshly baked cake to have with a coffee on our first full day there. The suite and grounds are immaculate and beautifully decorated and the price extremely reasonable for what is supplied. We had a stone grill dinner prepared for us one night on our patio and it was amazing with an abundance of delicious food and lovely wine. There was a guide book in our room that we could take with us on our drives to see the area which was very helpful. They cater for every kind of guest from those wanting adventure and activities to those wanting absolute relaxation, and everything in between. Thank you Sonja, Filip and Eliana for an amazing few days! Your thoughtful touches and absolutely amazing accommodation are first rate and I could not recommend The Bay Lodge any higher. Definitely one of the best accommodation choices we have ever made!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Sonja V, Eigenaar at The Bay Lodge
Responded 7 May 2020
What a lovely review. Thank you for all the detail about what made it special. We are glad you enjoyed your stay at our little Paradise.
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SoolTraveler wrote a review Feb 2020
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I never write reviews, but for this fabulous place I have to make an exception. I stayed at the Bay Lodge for four nights to relax after travelling through the North Island for two weeks. Sonja and Filip are fantastic hosts with excellent knowledge about the Golden Bay and the rest of New Zealand knowing all the secret and special places. They also perfectly organize and book your trips and walks in the Golden Bay. The suite (one of three) is modern, clean and nicely furnished and has spectacular views over the Golden Bay. The breakfast was delicious and you can use both an outside pool and a spa pool with great views. This is the best place to stay in the Golden Bay.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Sonja V, Eigenaar at The Bay Lodge
Responded 7 May 2020
Glad you appreciated our Golden Bay “creation”. Thank you for taking the time in writing us a review. We really appreciate your positive feedback.
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bath25years wrote a review Feb 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand226 contributions58 helpful votes
This was our first visit back to Golden Bay in 10 years. It remains an absolute hidden gem in our country- travelling here involves a long, hilly and eventually dead end drive at the top of the South Island so it doesn't make many people's itineraries unless they have a lot of time to explore NZ. But it is a truly beautiful place to explore a variety of quality locations at a slower pace, and the Bay Lodge complements the whole experience of Golden Bay so well. Filip and Sonja clearly appreciate the beautiful region they live in and they have made a very place to stay in as a base to explore the whole area. Everything about our accommodation was perfect, and the breakfast hamper was a super start to the day. Pool a real added bonus, and the sunset and views were a perfect way to finish the day. Highly recommend visitors to New Zealand with time to explore the Abel Tasman also make the effort to visit Golden Bay and enjoy the hospitality of this quality lodge. We'll definitely be back.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Room Tip: If you want the most privacy out of the 3 rooms Aroha is the best choice.
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Response from Sonja V, Eigenaar at The Bay Lodge
Responded 7 May 2020
Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you back in he future. There is so much more to explore in this best kept secret region.
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750londontraveller wrote a review Nov 2019
Greater London, United Kingdom77 contributions28 helpful votes
We stayed here for 3 nights and were truly sad to leave. The Bay Lodge is a treat - we loved the suite, and waking up to spectacular views over Golden Bay every morning and watching the sunset in the evening. Filip and Sonia are welcoming hosts with a great knowledge of and passion for the area. They were also super helpful in guiding us through the rest of our trip. A must stay !
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Sonja V, Eigenaar at The Bay Lodge
Responded 7 May 2020
Thank you so much for taking the time to review our property. We are glad you thoroughly enjoyed our property and our surroundings.
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PRICE RANGE
$363 - $491 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandNelson-Tasman RegionGolden BayPohara
NUMBER OF ROOMS
3
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Bay Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to The Bay Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Wainui Falls Track (4.4 km), Rawhiti Cave Track (5.7 km), and Labyrinth Rocks (5.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Bay Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, a hot tub, and free internet access.
Which room amenities are available at The Bay Lodge?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Bay Lodge?
Guests can enjoy complimentary tea and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at The Bay Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Bay Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Wholemeal Cafe, Roots Bar, and Dangerous Kitchen.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Bay Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a heated pool during their stay.
Is The Bay Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 km away from the centre of Pohara.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Bay Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, and Dutch.
Does The Bay Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.