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National Geographic Magazine just named New Zealands North Island - especially the Coromandel Peninsula area - one of the Worlds 50 Greatest Destinations; in their Places of a Lifetime publication. If you are coming to see the marvels of the North Island, there is a wonderful way to do it! Poets Corner Lodge is located within a 1.5 hour drive (or less) of five of the North Islands most amazing places to experience, so you'll only have to unpack once! Just click on the website link given at the bottom of this listing (just above the big PHOTOS section near the bottom) to get the whole story and the ability to download our free brochure: Five Perfect Days on New Zealands North Island.
New Zealand's capital city, Auckland, is just one direct flight from Los Angeles or San Francisco. Board your flight in the evening, be served a nice dinner and wine, watch a movie or two and then take a good nap...you'll be woken for breakfast and arrive in Auckland in the early morning, able to start your discovery of all this magnificent place has to offer. Poets Corner Lodge is just a 1hour 42 Minute drive over good highway from Auckland airport.
The Lodge sits high on a verdant hill overlooking the South Pacific with a stunning 180 degree green and blue view. It sleeps 8 in luxurious comfort, from the fine cotton bed linens to a welcoming bottle of vintage wine upon your arrival.
The nearby bush and coastal walkways where you can discover pristine rivers, waterfalls, native birds or the famous Karangahake Gorge are the perfect way to see the many of the true treasures of the Coromandel. And then there is the 9 km. stretch of fine white sand that is Waihi Beach!
Marg and John Richie, the original owners of Poets Corner, designed this lovely home to make the most of one of natures paradise spots. What a wonderful place for the family, a group of couples, or a business retreat.
There are four bedrooms in the lodge; Each room features:
Comfortable beds with pillow-tops and fine cotton sheets ( 3 with King beds and one with two Twin beds) Free High-Speed Internet Wi-Fi Ensuite with shower Heated towel rails Underfloor Heating Hairdryer, slippers, robes and toiletries are provided.
The large, fully equipped kitchen is perfect for entertaining, with microwave, gas hob, electric oven, large fridge, toaster, and all the necessities. And, if you like, fine 3-course dinners can be prepared for you and your guests right at the lodge by one the the top chefs in the area. Please requests this service if you would like it when you make your reservation of the Lodge.
The Lodge Features
Spa pool Internet access, SKY TV Beautiful outdoor furniture Laundry w drying cupboard Off-street parking DVD player and DVD library Premium Gas BBQ Grill Books & Magazines
If you have questions or would like to reserve the property, PLEASE SEND US AN E-MAIL or call directly at 1(US)-719-661-9696.
Since this is a new on this website, there are not a lot of reviews yet, but here is what others who have stayed at Poets Corner Lodge have said about their experience:
***** Poets Corner Lodge is a stunning contemporary styled lodge situated high above Waihi Beach in a beautiful hill top setting. The Lodge is entered through lovely wooden doors into an internal courtyard – with two luxury bedrooms on each side - leading to a impressive open plan living room and kitchen area where guests take breakfast and are encouraged to while away the evenings and share a glass of wine and converse with fellow guests. The huge living room with its vast sliding glass doors looks out over the well tended gardens to the most stunning sea views and the coast beyond. The bedrooms are spacious, comfortable and decorated to a very high standard. Each bedroom has its own ensuite bathroom, with towels, bathrobes and slippers. The whole lodge exudes an atmosphere of calm and tranquillity; offers guests such a magical place to stay.
***** My husband and I stayed here at the beginning of a month long trip round New Zealand and Poets Corner set a standard here that was not bettered elsewhere - excellent though the other lodges were. Comfortable and luxurious accommodation. Definitely our favourite place to stay
***** Poets Corner is a modern, private, comfortable, beautiful property. You enter into a quaint, well manicured courtyard with 4-6 doors entering the guest bedrooms on either side. Through the courtyard you enter wall to wall, ceiling to floor sliding glass doors. The living area is large, modern, comfortable and extends through the dining and kitchen area. This results in 1 single huge open area giving a wonderful feeling of openness. The back wall (across from the courtyard entrance wall) is also wall to wall and ceiling to floor glass doors. The view is spectacular. Since the property is set on top of a hill, there are no obstructions and you can see beautiful ocean, hills and off to the right, waves crashing onto the beach. Truly spectacular! We would LOVE to visit Poets Corner again SOON!!!
Dec1 - Dec 18 Dec 1 - Dec 18, 2015 5 night min stay
Christmas (Summer) Holidays Dec 19 - Jan 11, 2016 7 night min stay
Jan 11- Mar 31 Jan 12 - Mar 31, 2016 5 night min stay
My Standard Rate 5 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Inter'l Wire Reception$15
Cleaning (1 time charge)$360
ALL RATES include accommodation for up to 8 people, exclusive use of the Lodge, Taxes included . Cleaning fee is $310
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Waihi Beach Restaurants (The Porch, Flat White,etc
Coromandel Activities and Walks
Karangahake Gorge Walk
There is such a lot of mining history in the gorge and a variety of walks The famous Windows Walk which takes you through old mines shafts Walking up one side of the river, across the swing bridge and down the other side learning about the mining histroy as you go. It is on State Highway 2 but cross a bridge and you are in another world. Lunch at Ohinemuri Winery after your walk.
Homunga - Waihi Beach Walk
This track can be tough in places, but rewarding for those who enjoy a bit more of a challenge.10km walk which takes you over farm land, along the rocky coast, past Orokawa Bay and on through bush to Waihi Beach. Spectacular in summer with the Pohutakawa trees in flower.
This relatively short walk takes you from the northern end of Waihi Beach to beautiful, secluded Orokawa Bay past spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Waihi Beach.
Black Hill Walkway
A short walk along the banks of the Ohinemuri River to Black Hill. Extensive views of Waihi, from the sea to the Karangahake Gorge. Recently opened rim walk around the open cast mine. . or there are many bush walks in the Kaimi Ranges.where you can visit the old Kauri dam sites or visit the kauri trees
Visit Tuhua (Mayor) Island
Helicopter ride out to Tuhua from Tuaranga, where your Maori guide will take you on a guided tour of the island and tell you about the history. Learn about the bush and bird life The island is a sanctuary and Kiwis have been released there This is a unique expereince with limited numbers of visitors each year. www.aerius.co.nz
Visit The Glow Worms
Take a guided kayak tour to Lake McLaren glow worms at dusk. Paddle into the evening and discover this wonderous unique and magical part of NZ There are glow worms in the canyon, in abundance. End the day with a BBQ
An open cast mine in the middle of Waihi town. Actively being mined for gold and silver. Visit the Cornish Pump House, recently moved to sit at the top of the main street Take a 2 hour mine tour with a guide who will tell you all about mining in Waihi today. Visit the info centre where there is a display telling you about mining in the past.
The Waihi Museum
Is a nationally acknowledged treasure house of the mining, metallurgy and sociology of the region,
The Goldfields Railway
Starts from the historic station on Wrigley Street, running daily to the historic Waikino Station.
9 kilometres of white sand. It is a safe beach running south to Athenree. The north headland has a coastal walking track to Orokawa Bay, while the other, Bowentown – is the site of a fortified Maori pa.
Visit the hot natural mineral pools open daily 9am-7.30pm. (See Accommodation Section – Athenree Hot Springs & Holiday Park).
Site of the largest quartz-crushing plant in Australasia. See the underground ore kilns and tunnels.
We have 6 within one hours drive from here, ranging from country courses to international standard
For children of all ages, there is Hobbiton, home of 'The Shire' in JRR Tolkien's wonderful novels. Movie set tours in this bucolic setting are available year-round. It's a bit of a drive (about 1.5 hours), but guests who have been there tell us it's worth it, even for parents!
Year Purchased: 2013
About: My wife and I came down here for vacation in February 2013 and fell in love with Poets Corner Lodge. It is truly one of the most beautiful spots on the face of the earth.
Why Waihi: Well, just look at the photos and you will understand!
The Unique Benefits at this Villa: One of the great things about New Zealand is that winter in the Northern Hemisphere is SUMMER in New Zealand, so if you want to get away from the cold in December, January, February, or March, you find Poets Corner is warm and comfortable (never hot, like many parts of Australia during the summer). Average high temps during the summer months are 75F/23-24 C. And getting here is easy- from Auckland, it is an 1 hour and 40 minute drive over good highway and road.