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Highly recommended!

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 Mar 2024via mobile
We had a very comfortable and enjoyable stay at this lovely lodge. The hosts were very welcoming and helpful and our apartment was spotlessly clean, with a very comfortable bed and well appointed shower room. We ate locally at the nearby Italian restaurant, on the hosts’ recommendation, and it was also excellent. This is a 10 minute walk away and booking is essential. Limited local choice of restaurants on Monday nights. We had a freshly cooked and tasty breakfast delivered to our room each morning. That was a ‘first’ on our 7 week trip round New Zealand and a real treat.
Date of stay: March 2024
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Whangaparaoa Reservations, Owner at Whangaparaoa Lodge, responded to this review
Responded 8 May 2024
Thanks for taking the time to leave a review, and we're thrilled that you rated us so highly, we love that you found us warm and welcoming. Glad you had the chance to dine at one our our local village restaurants as we're extremely lucky to have such a selection of high-quality restaurants so close.
Warm wishes,
Sandy & Glen

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      Reviewed 5 March 2024 via mobile

      A nice motel for when touring. We had a very spacious room which was spotlessly clean with good facilities, extremely comfortable bed and a nice bathroom.

      We were warmly welcomed by the owner who was also very friendly whenever we saw her during our stay and was very informative about the area.

      Located just over the road from Little Manly beach where we enjoyed seeing the sunrise at 7am which was glorious. Worth a visit also to Big Manly beach which is only a 20 minute walk and the Shakespear Country Park (10 min drive) has some great walks with fantastic views around the peninsula. Recommend a night walk to the waterfall where you’ll see gloworms!

      Slight word of caution and the only downside for us was that the hotel is situated on a very busy main road and therefore quite noisy. We were woken each day around 5am by the constant flow of traffic. Obviously very difficult to address other than perhaps better soundproofed windows.

      Our internet dropped out which we were told when leaving can be quite common and could be easily fixed had we raised it but wasn’t a big issue.

      Generally we had a nice stay for a couple of nights en route to the far North.

      Date of stay: March 2024
      Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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      Whangaparaoa Reservations, Owner at Whangaparaoa Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2024

      Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We're delighted to hear that you found our motel comfortable, clean, and enjoyed the spaciousness of your room. It's also wonderful to know that you felt warmly welcomed.

      Sunrise across the road at Little Manly beach is just stunning, and a wonderful way to start the day.

      Regarding your feedback about the location, we appreciate your honesty. As we’re almost at the end of a peninsula we understand that this can lead to some noise from traffic, especially during peak hours. We apologise for the inconvenience you experienced with the internet dropping out. As mentioned on your departure, this is an easy 1-minute for us had we known.

      It's great to hear that you were able to explore and enjoy the nearby beaches and Shakespear Open Sanctuary during your stay; and yes the night walk to the waterfall is just magical with glowworms!

      Warm wishes,
      Sandy & Glen

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      Reviewed 28 February 2024 via mobile

      Stayed for two nights. This region is beautiful with all the bays. Plenty of options for food and groceries close by. The room is clean and has everything you need for a short stay. The staff are lovely and we enjoyed our stay. Thanks for having us.

      Date of stay: February 2024
      Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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      Whangaparaoa Reservations, Owner at Whangaparaoa Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2024

      We love that you had such a wonderful time here, and the small touches we have in place. Yes, we are in a beautiful region - we're very lucky. Take good care and thanks for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review - we truly appreciate it!

      Warm wishes,
      Sandy & Glen

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      Reviewed 25 February 2024

      All the reviews that I read emphasised the brilliant service and I can only agree. Glen and Sandy have mastered the difficult art of not only being there, ready and willing to help when needed, but also allowing guests space to enjoy their stay. It's a difficult tightrope to walk but they do it perfectly. The rooms are spacious, clean, and comfortable, the location is great, the local Italian restaurant superb, and for a bird watcher like me, the nearby Shakespear regional park is a rare opportunity to see native New Zealand bush birds without having to take a boat ride. Highly recommended.

      Room tip: Heavy traffic at rush hour, if possible, avoid trying to get there around 5-6 in the evening.
      Date of stay: January 2024
      • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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      Whangaparaoa Reservations, Owner at Whangaparaoa Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2024

      Wow, thanks so much for your amazing review!

      We're thrilled to hear that you had such a fantastic experience during your stay with us. It's wonderful to know that our service stood out to you, and truly appreciate your comments on Sandy's knack for balancing assistance with giving guests space to enjoy their stay. Thanks too for your kind words about our spacious, clean, and comfortable rooms.

      It's also great to hear that you enjoyed the location, Due Amici our fantastic Italian restaurant, and had a chance to explore the beautiful Shakespear Regional Park. Our guests love to observe native New Zealand bush birds without needing to go far.

      Your recommendation means a lot to us, and we’re thrilled we were able to create such special memories for you both.

      Warm wishes,
      Sandy & Glen

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      Reviewed 10 February 2024 via mobile

      We spent our first 7 nights here and were so pleased with our accommodation.
      We stayed in room No.5 - One of 2 wheelchair accessible units, it was spacious with a large very comfortable bed, large TV, very large bathroom with plenty of room to turn in a wheelchair, fold down shower seat. Also a fully equipped kitchenette.
      Close proximity to the local cafes, shops and restaurants (A short 10-15 minute walk).
      Lovely little beach across the road to watch the sunrise.
      Great location for exploring the many local attractions.
      Recommend getting a coffee from Sally’s mobile expresso van ‘Bewitchin Beans’ for your early morning coffee fix
      Super helpful and friendly hosts - Sandy & Glen
      It was also great to meet Troy (Owner of the Lodge) we had some good chats and shared a glass of wine on our last day.
      A truly memorable stay and highly recommended

      Date of stay: January 2024
      Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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      Whangaparaoa Reservations, Owner at Whangaparaoa Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2024

      Dear Richard and Lorraine,

      Thank you so much for choosing to stay with us and for sharing such a glowing review! We are absolutely thrilled to hear that you had an outstanding experience during your 7-night stay in room No.5.

      It's fantastic to know that you found the accommodation spacious and comfortable, especially with the wheelchair accessibility features like the fold-down shower seat and well-equipped kitchenette. We're delighted that you enjoyed the convenience of our location, being close to local cafes, shops, and restaurants, as well as having a lovely beach just across the road for sunrise views.

      We're so glad that Sandy, Glen, and Troy made your stay even more enjoyable with their super helpful and friendly service. It's always a pleasure to connect with our guests and share moments like enjoying a glass of wine together.

      Thank you for recommending us and for making your stay truly memorable. We look forward to welcoming you back for another wonderful experience when your travels bring you this way again.

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      Reviewed 28 January 2024 via mobile

      This is a very well kept place. We enjoyed our stay in our spacious room, number 14. It has a balcony where we enjoyed our breakfast, and the view of the sunrises. You should have a car if you stay here however we enjoyed walking to Manly where we would often get takeout and bring it back to eat on our balcony. Very nice hot shower with good pressure and very nice toiletries. The bed and the pillows were very comfortable. The hosts are lovely. We ordered the breakfast package and they would deliver it to us personally every morning with a smile. They were on hand with tips of things to do. We stayed three nights and kept busy. Our favorite activity was the bioluminescence kayak tour.
      I really appreciated the hotel’s attention to detail to sanitize and clean. Everything was pristine. Would highly recommend this property.

      Room tip: Easy parking
      Date of stay: January 2024
      Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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      Troy Clarry, Owner at Whangaparaoa Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2024

      Hello and thank you very much for this wonderful review! We are so pleased you enjoyed the room, our beautiful location and all the small touches we have in place to make guests' stays memorable. We hope to see you another time someday!!
      Kind regards

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