970 Lonely Bay
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970 Lonely Bay

970 Purangi Road RD1, Cooks Beach, Whitianga 3591 New Zealand
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5.0
#1 of 3 lodges in Cooks Beach
4.9 of 5 bubbles
Location
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.9 of 5 bubbles
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4.7 of 5 bubbles
Value
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970 Lonely Bay Lodge is a luxury boutique accommodation in Cooks Beach, Whitianga, New Zealand. Accommodation includes three one bedroom suites and a premier two bedroom (honeymoon) suite, all with en-suite, extensive mini-bar, spacious terrace and bush or water views of Purangi Estuary and Cooks Beach. Lodge accommodation facilities include a library, TV/AV 'snug' with Bang & Olufsen plasma television / sound system, separate guest indoor and outdoor bathrooms, solarium and deck, and multiple fireplaces. The boutique lodge offers a perfect venue for corporate events, weddings, honeymoons and romantic getaways
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Personal trainer
Free breakfast
Massage
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Private check-in / check-out
Secured parking
Wifi
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Bathrobes
Housekeeping
Seating area
Bottled water
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Coffee / tea maker
Minibar
Bath / shower
Refrigerator
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Quaint
Modern
Languages Spoken
English, French
206Reviews1Q+A47Room tips

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Laura B wrote a review Feb 2023
4 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were due to stay at the atrium suite at this lodge for 3 nights, however, due to cyclone Gabrielle, we were provided with accommodation for a further 2 nights.
After getting engaged on lonely bay beach, which is a secluded private beach a few minutes walk through the lodge gardens, we were kindly given the honeymoon suite in the estuary which was stunning.
The lodge keeper Anne, went above and beyond to make our stay special and keep us safe and spirits high during the terrifying cyclone.
We were given a lovely breakfast everyday, which was continental as well as cooked with fresh coffee.
The grounds are beautiful and well kept, and there are several beautiful walks nearby, as well as easy access to Whitinga, Hahei and Cooks Beach.
A perfect romantic getaway in the beautiful coromandel peninsula.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Michael2810 wrote a review Apr 2023
Hampton, Australia1,191 contribution373 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
There is no doubt the extensive renovation and extension on this place make it a comfortable place to stay for the two nights we were there. That said, I am a little conflicted writing this review as it is not all it would seem. Firstly, they describe themselves as having four one bedroom suites and a two bedroom suite. In fact, they have four suites and a one bedroom suite. Maybe this is minor for some, but to us a one bedroom suite has a bedroom that can be closed off from the rest of the suite, which is why we chose it. The room was quite spacious, had an ensuite bathroom with a bath, but it wasn’t what we expected. There was no TV in our room, even though there was the space and the connections. There was one downstairs in the lounge that guests could use but it was pretty small. Again - maybe this is a minor issue for most but for us it was annoying. Understanding the lodge is a short walk to the beach and I imagine in summer guests will bring sand back, all the floors are wooden. Again, not a bad thing necessarily but it was very noisy as guests came back from a night out. The bed was a bit soft for our liking and the 2 pillows provided were, frankly, terrible. That said, it was a quiet location, the breakfast was good and the location was fine for exploring this part of the Coromandel Peninsula.
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jean-Marc P wrote a review Jan 2023
41 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had an amazing stay here. The photos don’t do justice to how pretty the property and house is.

The beach is less than a ten minute walk away but feels so secluded and private. There are a few walking tracks nearby so you can easily get to several different beaches within a couple minutes.

The breakfast each morning was delicious and we were offered virtually anything we wanted for breakfast.
The host was also super helpful and very nice, always happy to chat and answer any questions we had.

This is the perfect location for a romantic weekend away in a beautiful and secluded setting with easy access to some of the Coromandel’s best beaches.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Tracey R wrote a review Dec 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Staying here was the perfect way to start a touring trip of NZ as it felt like having a mini holiday before the non-stop weeks ahead.
We were made to feel very welcome by Anne from the very beginning. She clearly takes pride in the accommodation which was immaculate whilst having a very homely and welcoming feel ....the addition of the luxury products, a welcoming bottle of wine and some cheese and crackers set the tone for the rest of the stay.
The gardens were beautifully maintained and had a little exit path which gave quick easy access to Cooks Beach, allowing for early morning beach walks, or turn the other way on the path and walk up to Shakespeare cliff lookout.
Can not recommend this property or the hostess Anne highly enough.
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Date of stay: November 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Anne Boeze, Innkeeper at 970 Lonely Bay
Responded 5 Mar 2024
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a lovely review. I am so happy to know that you enjoyed your stay at the lodge. It has been a real pleasure hosting both of you. All the best. Anne
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Paradise47168930641 wrote a review Jan 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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We were travelling as a group of 4 Canadians and Anne was an exceptional host. We arrived while the cyclone was hitting the area and Anne was able to guide us with things to do and places to eat as our arranged tours were cancelled. Anne cooked us delicious breakfasts every morning and we were very comfortable relaxing in front of the fireplace. As a tour guide herself she was full of information on sites to see while touring New Zealand. We highly recommend staying at the Lonely Bay with Anne!
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Date of stay: December 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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LisaUBrown404 wrote a review Nov 2023
Daytona Beach, Florida19 contributions2 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Ann was a perfect host making this a five star accommodation! The gardens, with the smell of jasmine in the air and symphony of bird songs, location to beaches, great restaurants and the design, comfort and amenities added to the experience. Ann went above and beyond creating yummy breakfasts, greeting us upon our excursion returns to make excellent dinner recommendations and reservations and providing lively conversation! Highly recommend this lodge! Bonus surprise elevator to take our luggage up and down stairs was a huge help and smart design!
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Anna Kym, General Manager at 970 Lonely Bay
Responded 4 Dec 2023
Thank you for your great review. It has been a pleasure to host you at the lodge. All the best. Anne
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Michael W wrote a review Nov 2020
Wellington, New Zealand92 contributions21 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed four nights at The Barn. A luxurious holiday home with all modern conveniences, decorated and furnished to a very high standard. On arrival we found breakfast provisions provided, some soft drinks, crackers and cheese. The owner is a short text away and very helpful in answering any queries, even offering to have a corkscrew delivered when I couldn’t find one. Recommended!
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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raybee456 wrote a review Feb 2023
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Visiting 970 is like immersing into Manderley without any of the drama of Mrs de Winter. Our host Anne could not be further from the Rebecca protagonist as she is helpful, knowledgable of the whole area and provides a relaxed yet welcoming environment. The property is well appointed with great views of the estuary and all the little touches of luxury make this a great place to stay. Convenient for the ferry, local restaurants and provided a super walk to take in the vista of Cooks Bay with Shakespeare’s point.
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Date of stay: February 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Well worth a stay
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nancy w wrote a review Jan 2023
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our family of four stayed four marvelous nights at 970 Lonely Bay Lodge at the end of 2022 and it was our favorite lodge of the three weeks we spent in New Zealand. Anne was our host and she did everything to perfection. Breakfast was spot-on every day and since we had four of the five rooms, we almost had the run of the place. Despite being somewhat the oddballs (we hung around the house a lot more than most guests, I think) Anne was able to roll with our idiosyncrasies. Though the Coromandel has a lot to offer, Lonely Bay was so nice we were happy to laze away in the comfort we found there. We also had the pleasure of meeting Jane, the owner, who is a treasure to converse with. Don't pass this one by.
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Date of stay: December 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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AliceCristal wrote a review Feb 2024
Wellow, United Kingdom178 contributions186 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
With all the glowing reviews I expected a truly exceptional, luxury property. Our stay was fine but not really luxurious.

The pros: The location of the property was great for both beach access and a circular walk with dramatic views. Our hostess, Ann, was brilliant at recommending places to visit and we would have missed some very special experiences without her advice.

The cons: Our bedroom (Shakespeare Suite) was not a suite, though there were 2 comfy chairs. There was a rather tatty outlook from the terrace towards a ramshackle extension. (See photo). There should have been more care taken with cleanliness before we arrived. There were dead flies in the bathroom and ants eating a dead spider in the shower. Also the terrace hadn’t been swept and looked rather rotten and uncared for. Also very poor quality pillows (as others have mentioned). The strangest quirk was that the door to the room didn’t fit. (See photo) That meant we could hear everything going on in the hall and bright light coming under the door woke me up in the morning! Finally, a note for late risers: the last breakfast is served at 8.45, which was too early for me.

As we arrived, I had noticed that the rather indistinct hotel sign was fading and needed restoring. That kind of summed up our stay!
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: If you want a nice view, don’t book the ‘Shakespeare Suite’.
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Barbaramarlow wrote a tip Mar 2024
Bristol, United Kingdom3 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book restaurants, Kaizen and The Church very good and fish and chips on the beach in WHITIANGA"
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Derek S wrote a tip Mar 2024
Aberdeen, United Kingdom104 contributions113 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Two great restaurants close by, Kaizen and Church Bistro but book at least earlier in the day to ensure availability."
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Andyrew wrote a tip Mar 2024
Birmingham, United Kingdom6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book local restaurants before you arrive, there really are only two and then book up fast. Take the forest walk to the view point."
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mrnormal wrote a tip Feb 2024
United Kingdom93 contributions58 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If spending time on the beach in summer would recommend taking a parasol or something for shade. "
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AliceCristal wrote a tip Feb 2024
Wellow, United Kingdom178 contributions186 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you want a nice view, don’t book the ‘Shakespeare Suite’."
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PRICE RANGE
$637 - $730 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandNorth IslandWaikato RegionCoromandel PeninsulaWhitiangaCooks Beach
NUMBER OF ROOMS
4
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Frequently Asked Questions about 970 Lonely Bay
Which popular attractions are close to 970 Lonely Bay?
Nearby attractions include Hahei Beach Walk (6.3 km), Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve (0.7 km), and Cathedral Cove Walk (6.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at 970 Lonely Bay?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at 970 Lonely Bay?
Top room amenities include a minibar, a refrigerator, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at 970 Lonely Bay?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, barbeque facilities, and a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at 970 Lonely Bay?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to 970 Lonely Bay?
Conveniently located restaurants include Purangi Winery Pizzeria, Blue Ginger, and Kaizen At Go Vino.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at 970 Lonely Bay?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
Does 970 Lonely Bay have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the bay view available here.