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“Lovely Get-a-way, very peaceful and relaxing.”
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Raetihi Lodge
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“Lovely Get-a-way, very peaceful and relaxing.”
Reviewed 19 February 2017

This part of New Zealand is extremely beautiful. Raetihi Lodge is a little tough to get to although I didn't find the windy drive up bad at all. From previous reviews I was worried. There is an airport 5 minutes away and not expensive to fly....wish we had known that before we arrived. The breakfast is very good, I do think they could offer a few more options for lunch and dinner, like soup or hamburgers. Food was good but not so good we wanted to eat there all the time. There is no where else to go for food so plan accordingly and bring a few appetizers and bottles of wine. Extremely nice owner and friendly staff. Rooms very quiet, clean and comfortable. They even took the effort to replace all room fridges with expensive French ones which make no sound. Birds in the early morning are lovely to listen to. Wears socks when hiking, the sand flies like ankles. Water was warm enough to swim, sound calm one day windy the next.

Room Tip: Splurge for the seaside rooms, they are slightly bigger and more comfortable than the garden view.
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Stayed January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Haslemere, Surrey
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

Some locations have to be described as 'priceless' and Raetihi Lodge certainly falls into that category. The fantastic location, outstanding food and friendliness of all the staff more than compensates for the one minor criticism which is that most of the bedrooms are of modest proportions.

  • Stayed February 2017, travelled with family
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

After a short boat ride from Te Mahia, you arrive at the picturesque Raetihi Lodge.
It is a small resort, so you never feel crowded. It is the perfect place to relax, read a book, walk, bike or kayak.
The food was excellent, and the staff very pleasant and attentive.
My only negative issue, is although the resort is "non smoking", with designated areas, you are allowed to smoke on your private deck. This was particularly annoying when we wanted our door open, or sit on our deck, as the smoke from our neighbors filled the room.

Room Tip: Rooms that have a water view are worth the extra.
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  • Stayed February 2017, travelled as a couple
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Reached by launch from the other side of the sound. The rooms are very comfortable, the facilities are good and the feeling very relaxed. They have kayaks and bikes for hire and you can swim from the jetty. Or just have a few drinks out on the verandah or on the lawn. Has the feel of a very well run establishment.

  • Stayed February 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

Very beautiful location and a luxurious and comfortable place to stay. I had a truly excellent massage (best ever) with wonderful products (and being able to put on a robe and walk back to my room was relaxing too). The rooms are lovely with views down to the water. Breakfast and dinner were good quality. Only unexpected surprise was the price of the water taxis - a short trip across the bay to get onto the Q Charlotte Track is $65 - which is not made clear at time of booking. The owners and staff were very friendly and obliging at all times.

  • Stayed January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Raetihi Lodge

Property: Raetihi Lodge
Address: 7124 Kenepuru Road | Double Bay, Kenepuru Sound, 7282, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 84 Speciality Lodging in Marlborough Region
Price range (per night): ₹ 12,178 - ₹ 19,485
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Raetihi Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The tranquillity and sense of being 'at one' with the native bush, the expansive water views and birdsong of the Sounds, coupled with the feeling like you're sitting in the comfort of your home, being spoilt with the service of a boutique hotel, is what luxurious Raetihi Lodge prides itself on. Extensively rebuilt and re-modelled with new interior design concepts throughout, our accommodation, restaurant and facilities are rated 4-Star Plus Hosted Qualmark with luxury and comfort amidst the serenity and nature of the New Zealand native beach trees and bush. Our new floating jetty makes accessibility a joy. A waters edge retreat with stunning views over the water, Raetihi Lodge sets its own standards for gracious and unsurpassed hospitality and excellent dining. The Marlborough Sounds attracts local and international visitors who share a passion for activities such as boating, fishing, hiking, bush walks, sailing, kayaking, bird-watching, photography and just relaxing enjoying the finer things in life. Nestled in a secluded bay of extraordinary natural beauty in the Kenepuru Sound, Raetihi Lodge has built a reputation as one of the most popular destinations in the Sounds dating back to the 1930's. ACTIVITIES 'The Sounds' are simply New Zealand's foremost marine playground for yachting, fishing, swimming, sailing and sight-seeing. Why not consider: • Walking Tracks: Queen Charlotte Track and Nydia Track • Fishing: Half day or Full day Guided Trips • Boating: Half and Full-day Skippered Sailing trips, plus Bareboat Charter facilities, Boating Safaris in your own outboard motor boat, Mussel Cruises, Historical Tours of the Sounds • Scenic Flights and transfers: by helicopter or float plane • Marlborough Wine Tours AROUND RAETIHI LODGE Relax with a wide variety of recreational options available. • Complementary mountain bikes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards (SUPs) are available for your enjoyment • Complementary use of fishing rods and dinghy rowing boats, or try your hand fishing off the jetty. • Treat yourself to a relaxing massage • Follow one of the bush-walking tracks over the Nature Reserve • Take a swim in the bay • Retire in the guest lounge to read, play board games or watch TV, or lounge by the warmth of the fire with a good book • Ever-changing light conditions present stunning photographic opportunities, as evidenced from the Photo Gallery in the Lodge. • The marine environment and natural bush provides amazing opportunities to observe native birds, flora and fauna. • Play 12-holes of golf at the Nopera Golf Course nearby, which is sheep grazed with fenced greens. (Nominal green fee and golf hire available) • Enjoy a game of Boules or croquet on the French Courtyard and lawn • Picnics can be supplied from our restaurant for any of your activities. CUISINE, WINE & DINING Sitting by the water's edge, dine on an ever-changing feast of seafood, mouth-watering New Zealand meats and fresh local produce, themed to suit the season and complemented by the finest regional wines in New Zealand. Everyday dining at Raetihi Lodge in the Marlborough Sounds is informal but elegant and relaxed, the epitome of fresh New Zealand cuisine. Our Restaurant welcomes casual diners for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. Our new floating jetty makes accessibility easy, and you can tie up without hassle. GETTING THERE By Boat • Our skipper and Guest Transfer boat, Miss Raetihi Lodge, can collect you from Te Mahia Jetty or Portage in the Kenepuru Sound, OR Waterfall Bay or Torea in the Queen Charlotte Sound • Private boats are welcome to use the floating jetty and tie up on one of our moorings (Mooring fee if staying overnight) • Water Taxi • Kayak to us for lunch or a coffee! By Air • Float plane from Picton or Wellington • Fixed-wing plane from Wellington, into Nopera Airstrip • Helicopter from anywhere, landing on our Helipad By Road • Drive the very scenic Kenepuru Road directly to Raetihi Lodge • Cycle, if you're keen! ... more   less 
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