Rata Boutique Lodge
|Minimum Stay||1 night|
|Living space||4000 square feet|
Suitable for childrenYes
Suitable for the elderlyYes
Description from the owner
This idyllic luxury lodge set atop Mt Rataroa, in 35 acres of landscaped and native bush, with stunning views of the Coromandel and the Pacific Ocean, all just an hours drive from Auckland.
The Lodge offers a choice of three luxury suites,
The Coromandel Suite, The Retreat and The Pavilion.
Each suite is beautifully designed and appointed to compliment the natural setting offering you privacy and leaving free to unwind in our peaceful surroundings. Enjoy a massage, watch a DVD or listen to music in your own room. Your stay with us will be one of relaxation, peace and rejuvenation.
The Coromandel Suite ($NZ500 per coupl...Read more
Rata Boutique Lodge
Pokeno, North Island, New Zealand
Additional Location Information
Rata Boutique Lodge is located in a rural setting on top of a hill with panoramic views over the Firth of Thames to Coromandel to the north and Waikato to the west. The Lodge is surrounded by 35 acres of native bush and is 1 hours drive from Auckland or 45 minutes from Auckland International Airport. The nearby Seabird Coast is famous for the chenier shell banks where over 130 species of birds have been identified. Also close to the Lodge are the natural thermal Miranda Hot Springs.
Location Type Rural
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in NZD) (change)
|Rate Summary||$403||$403||$0||$0||1 night|
|All Dates||$403||$403||-||-||1 night|
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AvailableUnavailable Last updated: March 12, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
Home away from home
We could not have anticipated the friendly welcome, the superb accomodation and the great food after hours of travel. The views are magnificent and we would recommend John and Ingred's Rata Lodge to anyone.
Response from John Waugh - 03/09/2013
It was a pleasure lookiong after you. We would be delighted to greet you again if you are vere back in this part of the world. Best regards John and Ingrid
Days of luxury, confort and excellent food
It was a pleasure to stay at Rata Lodge because at the same time we felt at home, we could stay relaxed and enjoy the great food, the good company of the owners and appreciate the most beautiful view.
Supurb position and accomodation . John , Ingrid and the team could not have been more attentive and have a wealth of knowledge in managing a boutique lodge and the local and surrounding area. The food and variety was of the best quality and local fresh produce ..
Response from John Waugh - 02/05/2013
Thanks for the positive review. It was a pleasure looking after you. We would love to see you back this way.
Friendly luxurious scenic tranquility...
Ingrid and John are fantastic hosts- interested in guests, and individual needs.. we were corresponding easily over email, and I got asked in detail about dietary preferences before we arrived (far beyond dietary requirements- this was 'what's your Mum's favourite foods??') ..and sure enough, the food was amazing, and my Mum was thrllled to get lemon/raspberry desserts 3 ways. We were in the Pavilion suite - and the extra living space with the floor to ceiling glass, views and deck was simply stunning (I found the integrated aV and WiFi pretty good too). Its really an amazing location for a house, with the 180 degree views, all the way out to the Seabird coast,and over to the Coramandel. We went to celebrate my Mum's 80th year while on a bit of road trip, so a couple of days not having to drive, (as every meal can be catered for) was frankly fantastic.. John's got a good wine cellar tucked away, and more than happy to discuss, share and recommend. Once you've got up the drive, everything is on the flat, so my Mum who struggles with a lot of steps had no worries. This is definitely a luxury option as the prices suggest- but it's one that delivers, and worth it for me to hear my Mum say 'Amazing, I've never stayed anywhere like that'...
Response from John Waugh - 02/01/2013
Thank you so much for your very positive comments. It was a delight for us to look after you and your mother. She is an amazing lady at 80 and if you are ever back this way we would love to host you again. We trust London is not too cold.
Ingrid and John
Fantastic place just an hour out of down town auckland. The husband and wife team here are great, food first class, service first class and a stunning lodge and surrounding area.
Response from John Waugh - 01/20/2013
Thanks Chris. It was a pleasure looking after you and your mother. Hope to see you back here when you are next in NZ.
My wife and I stayed here to celebrate her birthday.
It was perfect, the accomdation is amazing, the setting is perfect and John and Ingrid were great hosts.
I recommend staying in for dinner to sample Ingrid's wonderful cooking.
You wont find a better place to stay so close to auckland, great for an escape from the city.
Response from John Waugh - 11/22/2012
Thanks for your positive comments. It was a pleasure having you stay. John
Great place to unwind
Although we only spend 1 night, what an amazing place, and the food!! most memoable dinning experence
Thanks, we wil be back
Marianne and Olaf from Denmark
Perfect place to relax and enjoy scenery with excellent food
We managed to escape the dark winter in Denmark and had the privilege of staying at Rata Lodge on 2 occasions during our 7 weeks in New Zealand in February and March this year. You approach the lodge though a forest driveway and having unloaded
your stuff and been shown around the venue you end up in front of the lodge on the lawn with the most breathtaking view over the Firth of Thames with Coromandel in the background framed by a clear blue sky. Rata Lodge offers apart from the surrounding beautiful scenery the possibility to relax in your own suite but also the conservatory and the lounge provide you with ample space to relax and if you choose to be outside you may breathe in the clean air and add some tan to your skin from the sun on the surrounding decks. We appreciated very much the company of our hosts, John and Ingrid, who have really managed to make a top class lodge out of Rata Lodge and when being treated with the marvelous cooking of Ingrid supported by John's wine cellar we could not ask for more. Marianne and Olaf from Horsholm, Denmark
Slice of Paradise
Great hosts with nothing too much trouble. Magnificent views over the Coromandel from our suite. Food out of this world. Sitting in front of the fire sipping a liqueur after dinner, listening to some of the fine selection of CDs was a delight.Had a great bush walk led by John - this is to be recommended.
Most memorable experience was chatting to Ingrid & John,our interesting,widely travelled and gracious host & hostess.
John & Lynne
Total Relaxtion For 48 Hours!
Discreet Hosts who have travelled widely.
Beautiful views for miles!
Do go for a wander in the bush.
We will definitely be back
Thank you John & Ingrid.
Panoramic views in an undiscovered getaway
This elegant lodge is perched on top of a hill and designed to take absolute advantage of the spectacular panoramic views available from several rooms. The comfort and cleanliness of the rooms (we stayed in The Retreat), furnishings, artwork, stone fireplace all contribute to a pampered relaxing atmosphere which are further complemented by John and Ingrid's warm hospitality and eagerness to ensure all our needs were met.
The only issue is the lodge's geographic positioning. Easy to find if travelling south from auckland and it seems to mostly serve aucklanders looking for a luxury weekend away or organising a special occasion. For international visitors, this lodge would be convenient for exploring the less-touristy Thames/Paeroa/Whitianga region but for more than a couple of days, the lack of local restaurants is an issue (e.g. unlike being based in Coromandel Town with its numerous restaurants, shopping and tourist attractions). This is why Rata offers Ingrid's gourmet evening meals as a lodge option; there is also one seafood place reported to sell Nz's best 'fish and chips' (the snapper was excellent) only 12kms along the coast.
Not inexpensive but if you want to splurge out on a little piece of pampering in this part of the North Island, keep Rata definitely in mind for your travel plans.
Gayle Dickson - Editor in Chief, Let's Travel Magazine
A true gem
One of the most incredible views I have ever seen. From the majestic setting to the sweeping views; from the luxury of the furnishings to the exemplary hosting; from the comfort of the exquisite bed to the delightful cuisine ... this was a visit I'd love to repeat very soon and very often. A real getaway - yet it's under an hour from auckland!
Jennifer and Gary
The perfect way to end our trip to New Zealand!
Feeling more like home than a lodge, our spacious suite (the Coromandel) provided panormaic views of the Firth of Thames and the Coromandel peninsula. Tastefully furnished and wonderfully appointed, we could not have picked a better spot for our last night in NZ before heading home to California. Ingrid and John are the perfect hosts, and Ingrid treated us to a splendid three-course dinner and wonderful breakfast.
Amazing views, very relaxing!
A really wonderful mini-break away from auckland. Lovely hosts, wonderful rooms and amazing views right over the Coromandel.
Peaceful & in beautiful surroundings - the perfect getaway.
We stayed at Rata Lodge in the New Year - just for one night, but would have loved to have stayed longer. The hosts are welcoming and friendly, but not intrusive, and the meal cooked for us was really lovely. The Lodge is in beautiful surroundings and is the perfect, peaceful, tranquil getaway. The rooms are modern and clean, and the shared areas are comfortable & welcoming. Highly recommended.
Wonderful views, food and company
Lucy and I had a wonderful stay at Rata Lodge; we were made to feel so welcome by John and Ingrid. The rooms were lovely and the view across the Firth of Thames is spectacular. Ingrid is a fabulous chef and John's wine seller is well worth a rummage. Highly recommended.
My husband and I celebrated our 13th Wedding anniversary at Rata Lodge. It was a lovely private location, and the accommodations were very special. The room we stayed in had it's own private outside bath which allowed us to enjoy the quiet farm surrounds.
The meal (which was our own tailor made menu) and service was fantastic.
Would love to stay there again.