I booked this based on the outstanding reviews and was not disappointed. The only caveat is that it is located 15 minutes by car from downtown Tauranga. That is mostly good (eg, very quiet), but it would be an issue if you wanted to have dinner with wine in town and drive home afterwards.
We arrived in the early afternoon, trying to escape rain in Taupo. The weather was distinctly better over Tauranga than everything we experienced to the south. We came before the posted check-in time, but Karla and John were very accommodating. The grounds and building were immaculate. The guest wing, living/dining area and guest rooms, were spacious and well-appointed. After a very enjoyable walk around Mount Maunganui and the adjacent beach boardwalk, we returned to a complementary glass of wine in the spa.
We opted for the "casual " dinner, which may well have been the singular best value we found during our stay in NZ. We were offered either salmon or venison as the entree. this was complemented by generous servings of salad, asparagus, bread, and freshly baked dessert. Music and the fire rounded out the ambience. I highly recommend that you opt for the casual dinner! Continental breakfast was similarly generous and tasty.
We had good wifi service. All-in-all, we had a great stay. We would very much like to return to Tauranga and stay at the Tauranga Lodge.More
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking