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735 Whangaparapara Road, Whangaparapara, Auckland, Great Barrier Island 0991 New Zealand
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Great Barrier Lodge re-opened on 1 December 2017 with owners with a true love and passion for this fabulous piece of paradise and making sure their guests take home wonderful memories and can't wait to come back. Book now - you will love it! Great Barrier Lodge sits amongst the trees on the waters edge of Whangaparapara Harbour - Great Barrier Island, just 30 minutes flight away from Auckland. Surrounded by natural beauty, the lodge caters to travelers seeking rest and relaxation on the pristine beaches or thrill seekers looking to traverse the islands many walking/mountain bike treks. Whatever your preference, our friendly staff will ensure you enjoy your stay in this natural paradise.
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kenspoon wrote a review Mar 2016
1 contribution3 helpful votes
Unless you are a church group or similar i would stay well clear of this place. The owners seemed completely disinterested in helping you and just complained about every little noise one made and were more interested in their own needs than trying to make your stay enjoyable. Suggest they should find an alternative profession as being hospitable is definitely not one of their attributes
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Date of stay: March 2016
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Response from Ian and Erica A, Manager at Great Barrier Lodge
Responded 13 Mar 2016
Hello Ken spoon, Wow what an interesting review ! Church groups are more than welcome, however drunken fishermen that stay up all hours disturbing the whole bay are not. We received many calls from locals complaining about the noise your group was making. I would like to point out that we are not a private party venue, we respect the needs of the locals and other guests staying with us. My 11yo son even wrote a report at school(and presented it to the principle) about the drunken fishermen that kept him awake to about 1 am on a Sunday night, a school night. We love people to come over and have fun, enjoy the company of friends and family, make new friends etc., but like I said we are not a late night party house. Regards Archie PS The cost of the repairs to the bed that your group damaged was $200.
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Randy B wrote a review Feb 2016
Tokyo, Japan84 contributions35 helpful votes
Had dinner at the restaurant. It was excellent, and we're food snobs. We shared bread with oil and balsamic and squid that was delicate and not overcooked, and I had a lamb shank while my wife had snapper with cumin, and each came with a wonderful rooty side salad. This was the best meal we had had in a week. The lodge is a lodge, has all the amenities, is comfortable, but the walls were a bit thin when one has Kiwi neighbors. The wifi would not let me on.
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Date of stay: February 2016
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Response from Ian and Erica A, Manager at Great Barrier Lodge
Responded 13 Mar 2016
Gidday Randy B, Thanks for the feedback and review of the Restaurant, we really appreciate the feedback. Erica and her team in the kitchen work real hard to try and produce nice fresh, flavoured food. Sorry about the noise from the other rooms(had a family with little ones in there), we did add extra insulation/soundproofing to those rooms last winter, perhaps we need to add more? The Wi-Fi is a tricky one too, it really only works up near the Lodge, and is very temperamental with different type's of devices. Again thanks for staying with us and hope you enjoyed the Island. Hope the flight back to Tokyo? wasn't to long ? Cheers Archie
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Flicks wrote a review Feb 2016
Auckland Central, New Zealand134 contributions104 helpful votes
Stopped in to this lodge for a quick lunch bite as we were touring the island. Beautiful position overlooking Whangaparapara Harbour - perfect for day trippers in cars and even better for those on the water. Lunch was served on the deck overloking the lawn and harbour. We had fresh, toasted sandwiches - a limited menu due to season I presume. Also fresh organic juice. Great stop and easy to find.
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Date of stay: February 2016
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Response from Ian and Erica A, Manager at Great Barrier Lodge
Responded 13 Mar 2016
Hi Flicks, Thanks for the feedback and review. Thanks for pointing out our great location for both boaties and for those with a car. Our deck has a great outlook over the bay, we enjoy our nice relaxed, quiet surrounds. Cheers Archie
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KCiscasey wrote a review Jan 2016
Auckland Central, New Zealand81 contributions76 helpful votes
We recently stayed at this lodge and were completely satisfied with everything. Archie and Erika are fantastic hosts, welcoming, friendly, and extremely helpful, giving us advice about lots of Barrier activities and customs. Rooms were great with exceptional views of Whangaparapara harbour, food was really great (although we did cook some of our own on the barbecues provided), and costs were very reasonable. Lots of activities nearby, and all around the island. A really great stay, and we will definitely come back here to this slow-paced lifestyle on an island with lots to experience. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: January 2016
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Response from Ian and Erica A, Manager at Great Barrier Lodge
Responded 3 Feb 2016
Gidday KC, Thanks very much for the feedback, it is much appreciated. Thanks for mentioning our reasonable prices, we are very mindful of that because of our semi Isolation and extra costs to get supplies here. The Barrier definitely is a place to come too and slow down and relax. Cheers Archie
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mmdollin wrote a review Dec 2015
Xiamen, China3 contributions1 helpful vote
My partner and I enjoyed a great vacation to the Great Barrier Lodge. The location of the lodge meant, without a car, we were in position to go on numerous hikes, kayaking, hot springs, and swimming. We also loved the food served at their restaurant, and were so impressed that for such reasonable prices we could eat so well! The managers here were so lovely to us providing us with maps and advice throughout our trip as well. Really looking to a return visit!
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Date of stay: December 2015
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Response from Ian and Erica A, Manager at Great Barrier Lodge
Responded 3 Feb 2016
Hi, So glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us, and a huge thanks for the feedback and compliments. Your certainly are right in saying that even if you don't have a car, there are plenty of things to do out here at Whangaparapara. Thanks for mentioning our food, Erica and her team work very hard to look after our guests. Cheers Archie
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BryceFrewin wrote a review Dec 2015
Northland Region, New Zealand8 contributions2 helpful votes
Took the company for a night away. Transfers and charter was organised by Archie and all included in the one invoice. Drinks on the boat as well as lunch were catered for by the lodge and were awesome. Service and food back at the lodge was great. Everybody was impressed with the rooms and were talking about coming back again themselves. Bar service was fantastic too. The location was stunning with Kayaks and paddle boards available for use as well as advise on other activities available. Highly recommended. Very accommodating hosts.
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Date of stay: December 2015
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Response from Ian and Erica A, Manager at Great Barrier Lodge
Responded 16 Dec 2015
Gidday Bryce, It was a real pleasure having you and your team over here, dinner and brekky on the deck, Lunch and cold ones on the boat, great end of year ! Certainly look forward to see you guys again, drop in for a cold one when your over on your boat. Cheers Archie
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Carla W wrote a review Dec 2015
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Such an amazing place to stay such friendly staff and OUTSTANDING food! The rooms are very clean and have everything you need with gorgeous views to the water! Thank you so much for having us stay at your little slice of paradise we'll definitely be back :)
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Date of stay: December 2015
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Response from Ian and Erica A, Manager at Great Barrier Lodge
Responded 16 Dec 2015
Hi Carla, Thanks for the feedback, so glad to hear you licked our food, we have now changed things up and launched our summer menu with out new Chef Jessie, albeit still with the very watchful eye of Erica ! Have a great Xmas and New year. Cheers Archie
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Simone F wrote a review Dec 2015
Northland Region, New Zealand24 contributions7 helpful votes
Having spent a lot of time at Great Barrier Island & in Whangaparapara Harbour on our boat, it was a nice change to experience the views & wildlife from onshore. Great Barrier Lodge is just the perfect place to do so! The staff were AMAZING! They quietly buzzed around making sure that everything was 'just so' & everyone was happy, without encroaching. The lunch they packed for us to take out on the charter boat was just perfect, as was dinner that evening & the fully cooked breakfast the next day. The local artworks are a beautiful & interesting touch that just add to the serenity of the Lodge, as well as historic pieces that tell stories of the immediate area. The individual cabins are clean, very comfortable & private, each with stunning water views & more of the amazing
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Date of stay: December 2015
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Response from Ian and Erica A, Manager at Great Barrier Lodge
Responded 16 Dec 2015
Hi Simone, A big Thank you for the review and feedback, we can't take all the credit, you and your team were a great bunch and a real pleasure to have over here, we're also glad that the weather gods behaved for the day ! Have a great Xmas and New Year. cheers Archie & Erica
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Nodrog48 wrote a review Dec 2015
Auckland Central, New Zealand1 contribution
Amazingly convenient from Auckland, by Gt Barrier airlines, Dairy Flat. 30 min flight & 15 mins by hire car and we were there feet up admiring the view from room 4 of the harbour and coming and going so at the wharf Took in several walks thru the bush and visited various pristine beaches on the East coast thanks to the guidance of our Host Archie. Make sure you visit Windy Canyon, spectacular Dined in and meals were varied and excellent especially the fish Room was nice and clean and most importantly quiet and peaceful with great view of the harbour Really recharged the batteries and thanks Archie and Erica for you hospitality you have the perfect escape hole
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Date of stay: December 2015
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Response from Ian and Erica A, Manager at Great Barrier Lodge
Responded 16 Dec 2015
Gidday Nodrog48, Thanks for taking the time to give a review and some feedback, we really do appreciate it. And thanks for all the tips you mentioned for others that may visit the Island, we love our visitors, it's whats keeps the Island going. Glad to been of help for a wedding anniversary, hope all the Angus behaved whilst you were over here? Cheers Archie
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mari a wrote a review Dec 2015
Whangarei, New Zealand7 contributions3 helpful votes
erica organised a package with flights, accomodation and rental car for our wedding anniversary and it was made so simple. and when we arrived archie made us feel so welcome and chose us the best red wine. beautiful food stunning location and dolphins in the bay the icing on the cake. this place and erica and archies amazing hosting skills should be the benchmark for all accomodation places. we will be back for a longer stay.
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Date of stay: December 2015
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Response from Ian and Erica A, Manager at Great Barrier Lodge
Responded 4 Dec 2015
Hi Maree, Wow we feel very humble and grateful of your review of us, THANKS :) It was a real pleasure having you here, and great you got to enjoy the Island. I'll make sure the dolphins come back for your return. Hope your wrist is feeling better? We look forward to your return, contact us direct and I'll fix you up with a great rate! cheers Archie
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New ZealandNorth IslandAucklandGreat Barrier IslandWhangaparapara
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