We were on a budget and about to enjoy our first ever trip to Gt Barrier. We chose Aotea Lodge and it was perfect.
The rooms and buildings were well laid out to be private for guests, shady and sunny grounds (for whichever you were after) with picnic benches, tables and chairs placed around in nice settings for you to enjoy and beautifully looked after. Really nice gardens, rhododendrons, solar lit gravel path to wander down the few metres to your car...
We went for the lowest cost room and it was perfect for what we needed and what we could afford, we by no means felt we got the 'cheap room' it was comfy, had everything we needed, a great shower and some in-season feijoas and guavas for us from Fiona. All the other accommodation looked just as good quality and well thought out.
Fiona was very helpful and informative and whilst we knew that if we needed anything we could simply ask we also liked that we were left to our own devices and could have a private or a more talkative and social stay depending on what we were after . We were here just off season in late March and only saw a handful of people.
The location is perfect - Aotea is in the best place to access to beautiful beaches on the east, a stones throw from Tryphena and the bays on the south and well placed for 'day trips' to the more far away parts such as Port Fitzroy. Also easy to walk to have some lunch or dinner at the local eateries. It suited us on a short three day trip to be in a location that didn't require a long trip down a windy gravel road every time to wanted to go anywhere... we could save those bits for the sight seeing.
The Barrier is more beautiful than i thought it would be and Aotea Lodge is a recommended place to stay indeed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Spacious, comfortable units, set in 2.5 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. ... more less
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