Little Earth Lodge
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Little Earth Lodge

85 Abbey Caves Road, Whangarei 0175 New Zealand
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4.5
#1 of 2 lodges in Whangarei
4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
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Just 6km from Whangarei in a tranquil valley setting, Little Earth Lodge is a small, purpose hostel that offers travellers quality rooms and cabins for reasonable rates. Set in beautiful countryside it is Lonely Planet's "Pick" of Whangarei and has a high BBH rating. The unique modern house has spacious, clean rooms, large peaceful gardens and breathtaking valley views. A luxurious hostel featuring comfortable beds for a great nights sleep. Free wireless internet (Wi-Fi) in every room. A large well equipped kitchen and cosy lounge for guests. Explore the spectacular Abbey Caves just next to the Lodge and see thousands of Glow Worms, a must see for any traveller. Wander in the Rock Forest in the Abbey Caves Reserve and imagine you are in Middle Earth. Nearby is the stunning A H Reed Kauri forest and the awesome walk to Whangarei Falls. Daily dive and snorkel tours to the Poor Knights Islands. Book your dive with us and receive a discount on your room. Well travelled and friendly hosts David and Polly, and Muttie the dog, wait to welcome you to this 'peace' of paradise.
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Free parking
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Wifi
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
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All Terrain Adventures wrote a review Apr 2017
Jinja, Uganda
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed here for 2 nights and spent the days traveling plus a walk to the nearby caves. All the rooms and facilities were extremely well looked after and nice little touches such as foot wear to use when going to the caves. Very friendly management and good rates.
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Date of stay: February 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from littleearthlodge, Owner at Little Earth Lodge
Responded 17 Jul 2017
Thanks for the great review, we're glad that you enjoyed your time here.
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MSNZ2014 wrote a review Nov 2014
Auckland Central, New Zealand
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here over night for my birthday weekend. There were a few of us so we had the lodge to ourselves. David and Polly were very hospitable, the place was lovely and clean and the caves were great.

Great value for money. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: November 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Curn wrote a review Mar 2012
Thunder Bay
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Right next the the Abby Caves, with a dog and chickens walking around, clean rooms, cool Indonesian flair to the design, sweet kitchen - this place was great. A nice treat for budget travelers who want a laid-back atmosphere.
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Date of stay: November 2011
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Deb419 wrote a review Dec 2016
Utrecht Province, The Netherlands
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Very nice host, very helpful. Room was sufficient. The surrounding is great with glow worm caves nearby the lodge. For $7,- per person you can hire a mining lamp and some water shoes to climb into the caves. For a nice walk go to the Pukenui Forest track and the Whangarei Falls.
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Date of stay: October 2016
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Rossi91 wrote a review Apr 2016
Germany
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel is quit good and at a great location ( like every hostel in New Zealand)
The room was really good but the way to the hotel was very steep and not for everyone. Bathroom must be updated
All in all we get thrown out of the host, because we came back from the caves trip at 11am and after checkout it is forbidden to stay or use the facilities. So you have to check out at 10am, move your car away und never come back and don't use the toilette or shower after your sweaty walk.
Very bad customer service!
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Date of stay: April 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Sebastian V wrote a review Feb 2016
Hamburg, Germany
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Me and my friend wanted to visit the Abbey Caves. We heard about some car thefts on top of street. Because of that we asked the Little Earth Lodge owners if we could leave our car on their car park for a few minutes. The area was completely empty.
Immediatly they shouted on us that we have to leave the property. On top of that they threatened us to call the police.
We haven't been rude at all and just asked them for help and advice.
So their reaction was completely inappropriate and wrong.
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Date of stay: November 2015Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from littleearthlodge, Owner at Little Earth Lodge
Responded 1 Nov 2016
The car park at Little Earth Lodge is for guest use only. We only have enough spaces for our guests' cars and are unable to provide a facility for public parking. Exploring the caves takes around 2 hours and we were expecting the arrival of guests who would be requiring the parking spaces. The person who wrote this comment was not a guest at Little Earth Lodge.
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Roam2Eat wrote a review Nov 2015
Vancouver, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Pros: 5 mins walk from the Abbey caves with glowworms, can rent you shoes torch and helmet for the caves for $6, clean, have shared rooms and private cabins but all share same bathrooms, very friendly owners, free WiFi, gorgeous night sky without light pollution.
Cons: 15 mins drive from city center (but they can pick you up for $12)
Tip: check out the hammock in the big tree, or buy their fresh eggs (on kitchen counter).
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Date of stay: November 2015Trip type: Travelled solo
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Louise O wrote a review Sept 2015
Auckland Central, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My friends and I felt so welcome at this adorable hostel, hosted by the nicest couple!
The surroundings are nice and quit, and the kitchen/common area is big and has all the facilities you need!

I can't stress enough how nice the owners were! It was like coming home to your family! So lovely!
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Date of stay: September 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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EverSince1986 wrote a review May 2015
Swansea, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a beautiful little gem. I wish we had stayed longer. We stayed in the cabin outside, it's small and basic but so cosy, homely and clean. Waking up in the morning to beautiful views and having coffee on our own balcony enjoying the peace and quiet. A lovely kitchen is there to use with free range eggs from their own hens (only 50c donation to SPCA). There's also a homely sitting room with books, board games etc.
Do NOT miss visiting the Abby caves and be sure to rent the equipment from little earth lodge. Only ... $6 or $10 (sorry I can't remember, either way it's cheap for a full morning of fun). You get a helmet, head torch and shoes to walk in the water which were all definitely handy and it's such a short beautiful walk from the lodge, perfect location.
Thankyou to the owners who were so kind and helpful, we had a lovely stay.
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Date of stay: April 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The beautiful outside cabin was wonderful
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Natasha Middleton wrote a review Jan 2015
Hamilton, New Zealand
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Great place to stay. Lovely surroundings with farmland and native bush. Really tidy, clean and modern facilities. Has a lovely relaxing feel about it. perfect excape if you just need to get away from it all. Bed was so comfy I slept very well. Shower was perfect - good pressure to blast the dirt of. If you stay there, hire the gear and go to Abbey caves - its such an amazing thing to have on the back doorstep, you just walk there from the lodge. the shoes may look funny but they work a treat. only negatives is there is no cellphone coverage.....thats it, oh, and bring cash or credit to pay the bill, no eftpos. Driveway is pretty steep and you'll need a car to get out there as it is about 10-15min from town. Thoroughly recommend.
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Date of stay: January 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Pick one on the west side if you want to sleep in and not get woken by the sun. Otherwise choose...
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Jost-Pauline S wrote a tip Nov 2016
Bay of Plenty Region, New Zealand373 contributions182 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We stayed in one of the cottages and enjoyed the view out to the paddock with ponies. You must go and see the caves!!!"
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Banj013 wrote a tip Apr 2016
Auckland, New Zealand7 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"This is a Backpackers/ Budget Lodge. Rooms are basic."
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Gajiko wrote a tip Apr 2016
Geneva, Switzerland3 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Visit the Abbey Caves! they have helmets and shoes for rent!"
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Katie H wrote a tip Jan 2016
Sant Antoni de Portmany, Spain29 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Pay the extra 6 dollars for the view!"
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EverSince1986 wrote a tip May 2015
Swansea, United Kingdom129 contributions65 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The beautiful outside cabin was wonderful"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Little Earth Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Little Earth Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Hundertwasser Art Centre with Wairau Māori Art Gallery (3.2 km), Whangārei Quarry Gardens (4.1 km), and Whangarei Falls (3.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Little Earth Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and barbeque facilities.
What food & drink options are available at Little Earth Lodge?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Little Earth Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Little Earth Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Suk Jai Thai Restaurant, TopSail, and Khane Bahar Indian Restaurant and Bar.
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