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Aotea Lodge

41 Medland Road, Tryphena, Auckland, Great Barrier Island 0991 New Zealand
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#2 of 2 lodges in Tryphena
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Spacious, comfortable units, set in 1.5 acres of garden grounds, Aotea Lodge is perfect if you are looking for a quiet retreat. Surround yourself with abundant bird life, and enjoy the beautiful safe swimming beaches. The Irish Bar, restaurants, shops, cafe and other amenities are also nearby.
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Free parking
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Kaz073 wrote a review Mar 2023
Auckland, New Zealand3 contributions2 helpful votes
CAUTION! BE EXTREMELY AWARE of this owner, pay everything on credit card via a booking website not direct. Her response and attitude and outright lies during the red weather warnings flooding was absolutely disgusting. She would not change dates despite a red warning not to travel in place forAuckland AND Great Barrier, she took all money $1045, including flight money which air barrier said could be kept on credit for us. She wrote emails to us stating we had people threaten her , being racist and that she had been crying, completely blown away by her behaviour. This person SHOULD NOT be trusted when money is concerned. We are seeking legal advice.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Fiona Anderson, Owner at Aotea Lodge
Responded 22 Mar 2023
I am surprised with the number of inaccuracies in your review. 1 - you have not mentioned that you were given a partial refund. 2 - your accommodation booking was NOT made directly, it was made via booking.com. 3 - your request to cancel the booking was made, via booking.com, due to a "personal emergency" to which we did offer to waive the cancellation fee, if we were able to rebook the unit. 4 - I did NOT state that you "had people threaten......". I received a phone call from ONE person, claiming to be your legal representitive, who DID make racist comments about my country of origin and YES, I was extremely upset, as I have never experienced racism before. I told that person that I found her comments racist but she continued and did made no appologies. During COVID we allowed each and every guest to cancel their bookings for free. More recently, during the cyclone, we waived all the cancellation fees for those who either cancelled or postponned their trip. We do value our customers and their feedback but we do not appreciate, nor tolerate, false and misleading reviews!!
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DanO68 wrote a review Feb 2023
Alexandra, New Zealand658 contributions474 helpful votes
We had an excellent week on Great Barrier staying at the Aotea Lodge, really a nice spot. The location is good, just on the outskirts of Tryphena, about a 5 min walk to the grocery store, pub, restaurant, and beach. Located on the south end of the island, it is a bit of a drive to some of the points of interest, however nothing more than an hour. And the roads are scenic and lightly travelled, so not really an issue. We were greeted at the Claris airport by our friendly host and got checked into our rental car, also provided by Aotea Lodge. The lodge was about 20min drive away and we were quickly checked into our unit, a 1-bedroom affair with kitchen. Our hosts, Fiona and Mike, were very friendly and helpful in providing local information. The unit was older but roomy, well decorated and well maintained – very comfortable. The kitchen was functional and we were able to prepare some basic meals during our stay. We had a nice wraparound deck with outdoor furniture, a great outdoor spot for breakfast. There was no TV, however the Wifi connection seemed to work reasonably well. There is also a spotty mobile phone connection in the unit. Our only complaint was that it was a bit warm and muggy during our stay, making it difficult to sleep, as there was no fan and no screens on the windows/doors. We tried leaving the door open at night but just ended up with tons of mosquitos inside. Screened doors/windows or a fan would be a nice addition. Our rental car was great, just a little Mazda Demio, which was perfect for zipping around the island on the narrow winding roads. We had a great stay and would definitely recommend this place to other travelers looking for a functional base on Great Barrier.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Dana S wrote a review Dec 2020
Castor Bay, New Zealand17 contributions
This has to be one of my favourite trips to date. Staying at the Aotea Lodge in unit 2 was just right for us (2 adults and 2 children) then another adult joined a few days into the trip and still plenty of room with everything we needed. Fiona has been fantastic since we first booked the trip and booked us and our car on Sealink at a discounted rate. Her place is wonderful with plenty of bird life and her pets of course including Snugs (cutest and most polite wee dog) a few chickens wandering around and some interesting wee pigs. And the spot is perfect! A few minutes walk from the beach and the store down the road. Even managed to do a 5km run each morning with the best views you could ask for. Fiona is very knowledgeable about the island and more than helpful to answer any questions. Lovely place and will definitely be returning:)
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Kate H wrote a review Oct 2020
Cambridge, New Zealand149 contributions25 helpful votes
Stayed here for 3 nights while visiting Gt Barrier Island. A lovely place, easy to find, and a great base for exploring the island. Fiona is a wonderful host, and we loved staying in one of her units. Thanks Fiona! She also offers a package including rental car.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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HKinsey wrote a review Aug 2020
Paraparaumu, New Zealand739 contributions231 helpful votes
The owner and staff were awesome. I was able to book in early, which was much appreciated. But the room was not what I expected, not having the double bed , just four bunk beds. But as soon as I raised the issue I was transferred to a room with a double bed. The accommodation is basic but comfortable. It is within walking distance of the shop and eating places, but beware, it is up a hill! Would I go again? Definitely, but I would book direct to be sure of getting the right room😂
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Jenny E wrote a review Dec 2019
Tauranga, New Zealand95 contributions45 helpful votes
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Fiona has a lovely wee place here - just four units, although she told me she has plans to add another couple in the future. We stayed in Unit 2, which was lovely and sunny with a nice rural outlook. This unit has two bedrooms - a queen bed in one and a bunk bed in the other - perfect for families. A comfortable lounge and fully equipped kitchen. Everything was spotlessly clean, although the carpet may need replacing soon. You do have to keep the front door closed though as the cheeky chickens like to wander in and poop on the floor! Their new puppy Snugs was a cute visitor as well. Mosquito's were a nuisance at night so we kept our windows closed. This would be too hot in summer though, so I recommend taking repellent and citronella candles/coils with you. Fiona does provide insect spray and the plug in mossie machines. The location is great - on the Medland Road, just up the hill from Tryphena. We took our own car over on the ferry which meant we could easily bring enough food with us for our breakfasts and most of our lunches, then treated ourselves out for dinner each night. Flying over would limit what you can bring, and staples like bread and milk aren't cheap on the island. The Barrier Social Club is only 2 minutes walk - we had a couple of good meals there. Fiona sends out heaps of helpful information when you make the booking. And she booked the ferry for us as well, which was cheaper than me doing it. The all up package price she gave us for our weeks accommodation and the ferry was very reasonable. We had a fabulous week, exploring just about every road and doing some great walks. The Barrier is a special place - just don't tell too many people!
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Room Tip: Unit 1 and 2 have the best views and are the most spacious. Unit 2 is the only one with a lounge.
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LawrenceAhern wrote a review Oct 2019
Auckland, New Zealand13 contributions1 helpful vote
very clean and comfy room with ample room for everything i needed for my visit to the Island to compete in the 2019 Marathon. Very serene with birds and wildlife singing! 5 minute walk to Tryphena township and Pa Beach! Fiona is a great host!
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Date of stay: October 2019
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David B wrote a review Feb 2019
Papamoa, New Zealand149 contributions40 helpful votes
This is a lovely place to stay. Our host was wonderful and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We were upgraded to the house unit which had two bedrooms. It is roomy and comfortable. The place to stay in Tryphena.
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Date of stay: February 2019
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Room Tip: We were upgraded to the house unit. This is a lovely place to stay
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Jenny L wrote a review May 2018
Katikati, New Zealand44 contributions4 helpful votes
Aotea Lodge is owned by Fiona who is very helpful and great with advise and keeps in touch as she lives in part of the Lodge. We found it very handy to Tryphena where the ferry landed. It is also walking distance to a club, and beach. We had our own vehicle which was handy to drive where we wanted. Otherwise one would have to hire a car. No taxis or buses!! Native birds in Fiona's garden-kaka, tuis and others. We found 3 great cafes. The service club we went to for a meal was handy. Lovely meals. Played pool. We did a couple of day tramps and one where there was a natural hot spring. Other was up the summit of Mt TeAhumata which is a nice steady climb 800 metres above sea level and the views were awesome. Took a picnic lunch up with us. We loved Great Barrier Island.
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Date of stay: May 2018
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atschachtli wrote a review Mar 2018
Canton of Zurich, Switzerland1 contribution
It was our first ever stay on Great Barrier Island and our stay at the Aotea Lodge was unforgettable! Fiona was an amazing host, very welcoming, and sympathic. The room was well furnished (there is even a big own BBQ on the outside of the room), very clean and tidy. We enjoyed a lot that there are 3 lovely chicken on the property, which you are allowed to feed (only feed provided by Fiona). It was a nice "green escape" and the night sky is incredible, as there are no lights at night time. We loved the sustainability of the accomodation. Thank you for an unforgettable stay, Fiona!
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Date of stay: February 2018
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: all rooms are similarly quiet as it is a very quiet and nice island
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$159 - $256 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandNorth IslandAucklandGreat Barrier IslandTryphena
NUMBER OF ROOMS
4
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Frequently Asked Questions about Aotea Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Aotea Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Station Rock Lookout (2.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Aotea Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, airport transportation, and a hot tub.
Is parking available at Aotea Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Aotea Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Currach Irish Pub & The Innkeeper's Lodge, My Fat Puku, and Pa Beach Cafe.
Does Aotea Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Aotea Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Aotea Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.