Stephanie Holmes stays at Te Whau Lodge, and is immersed in the full Te Whau experience with fine dining and great hospitality as standard.
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"The lodge looks out to Kennedy Point and surrounding bays (Anzac, Pūtiki, Okoka, Wharetana, Ōakura, Putaki), and beyond to Rangitoto, the North Shore and back to the city. It's an absolutely stunning outlook.
Rooms: Suites are away from the main building and feel incredibly private. All have sea views and balconies, along with a comfortable window seat, luxurious linens on the king-sized bed, fridge stocked with local wines, beer and complimentary snacks, and a spacious bathroom. The pine walls and high sloping ceiling give a Scandinavian feel.
Bathroom: Cream corrugated iron walls, a pine ceiling and large skylight. Delicious-smelling Ashley and Co toiletries are provided in wall-mounted dispensers, and toilet paper and tissues are from local brand Smart Ass, who donate a percentage of their profits to the Million Miles project.
Food & drink: Teara's chef skills are worth a visit to the lodge in their own right. Formerly a banker, Teara quit to become a classically trained chef, and banking's loss is Te Whau's gain, as her food is excellent. As well as a private four-course dinner, we also enjoyed four-course breakfasts every morning of our stay, and complimentary canapes and a glass of wine each evening. And before bed, a decanter of port was delivered to our room at turndown service - a lovely touch to top off each wonderful Waiheke day.
Facilities: There is parking available if you've brought your own car or a rental. Wi-fi is complimentary - speed was fine in the main lodge but we found it a little slow in our room. Games and books are provided in the lounge, and make good use of the super-strength binoculars to get a better view of the boats bobbing in the bays below and the surrounding fancy houses. We used them at night to gaze at the moon and stars on a clear night - the views are just as enticing when the sun goes down.
In the neighbourhood: Waiheke has so much to offer - wineries, beaches, food, nature, walks, boutique shopping - and it's easily navigable if you have a car. But, to really enjoy the wineries without having to worry about how much you're imbibing, take a tour with Ananda who will pick you up from Te Whau and take you to some of the island's highlights. You can opt for a bespoke, private tour, or join one of their group tours - either way, you'll be well looked after and uncover some lesser-known gems."