970 Lonely Bay Lodge offers luxury boutique accommodation in Cooks Beach, Whitianga
Manawa Ridge, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Manawa Ridge is the dream creation of Willem and Carla van de Veen. Both artists and sculptors in their own right, they have adapted their crafts to build an incredible lodge, constructed from straw bales, mud bricks and carved beams. No compromise has been made on comfort however; the finishing touches provide the ultimate in luxury. The three luxury units feature hand carved beds, individually sculpted vanity units, spa baths, and open fires, which are complemented by fine linens and sumptuous finishings.
As the name suggests, the ridge on which the property perches affords incredible 360 degree views over stunning countryside to the Pacific Ocean beyond. Guests can enjoy a native bushwalk to an idyllic private beach or explore the 250 acre property. There is also fishing, golf or a visit to the historic gold town of Waihi. For the less active, relax in the 'pamper unit' with sauna, spa and alfresco massage treatments. In the evening, relax with your hosts and enjoy the natural New Zealand food created from the home grown organic vegetable garden, accompanied by wine from the underground wine cave.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Set amongst an acre of lovely gardens, mature trees and a swimming pool, Brenton Lodge offers panoramic views of Whangamata and sea views encompassing the outlying islands.
Colleith Lodge offers relaxation, privacy and comfort in a beautiful setting on the Coromandel Peninsula.
Hahei Horizon Bed and Breakfast is a lovely property with friendly hosts, tucked amongst native trees on the hill overlooking the beautiful beach at Hahei.
Nestled amidst native bush, tranquil gardens and streams and yet only a five-minute walk to beautiful Cooks Beach, The Mussel B&B is the perfect base to explore Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove and the passenger ferry to Whitianga is just a ten-minute drive away.
Oceans Resort offers one- and two-bedroom self-catering apartments, furnished in a contemporary style, and enjoying a beach-side location.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
This full day excursion provides a sample of many of the highlights of this stunning peninsula. The guides at Kiwi Dundee will introduce you to areas of scenic beauty and historic significance, and will endeavour to tailor the day to the preferences of the group.