If you are looking for an unspoilt island (it reminded me of Jurassic park), good old fashioned kiwi hospitality and a location to die for, you must put this place on your bucket list. Pete and Margery are very welcoming, Margery will look after flights (or you can travel by ferry) and transfers - so you can leave those arrangements in her capable hands. Travel tip: if you are flying, there is a strict 15kg luggage limit BUT there is no max size for liquids (as there would be on an international flight). Good, basic, clean accommodation - we had suite 5, which is on the top floor and has panoramic views from the balcony. There's no need to cook as there is a great restaurant and bistro attached where Pete is head chef. An easy 5 minute walk away is a small store with basic supplies, a cafe and a pub. There is a ramp opposite the driveway where you can go for a quick dip OR walk a little further along the road and have your choice of deserted beaches. We will return here the next time we go to NZ - for sure!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tipi & Bob's Waterfront Lodge is situated on the waterfront of Tryphena Harbour at the southern end of Great Barrier Island with stunning sea views across the Gulf to the Coromandel. Best Location, Best Service. Sit and watch the dolphins play... ... more less
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