Whatipu Road (40 minutes west of Auckland)
www.whatipulodge.co.nz Phone: 09 811 8860
Whatipu Lodge was built over 100 years ago and additions have been minimal. There are communal cooking and bathroom facilities but you need to take your own bedding. The lodge is a good option for groups - minimum charge $250 per day. You can also camp from $7.50 per night or stay in Whatipu Bach from $120 per night (discount for mid week stays). Note: The last 7 kms of road to Whatipu Lodge is unsealed and narrow in places, take care. More information about Auckland Council accommodation options.
The Old Church Cottage
1 Hastings Parade, Devonport
www.oldchurchcottage.co.nz Phone: 09 445 9826
The Old Church Cottage was formerly a Sunday School, it sits behind the owner's accommodation which prior to renovation was Devonport's Salvation Army Citadel. The cottage has been renovated to include an ensuite bathroom and a small room that's suitable for a child or third guest. From $220 including continental breakfast (there is a $20 surcharge for one night stays). The cottage is walking distance to Devonport village and the ferry to downtown Auckland.
Hauraki Blue Cruises
www.haurakibluecruises.co.nz Phone: 0800 334 339
Sail away from Viaduct Harbour onboard Ipipiri, a four level catamaran equipped with 30 cabins. Dinner, breakfast and water based activities included in the rate - from $299 per person twin/double. (Check online accommodation websites for discounts).
Fossil Bay Lodge
58 Korora Rd, Oneroa
From December - April you can stay in a Lotus Belle tent at Fossil Bay Lodge. All year round you can check into a sweet little cabin or self contained apartment. (Minimum two night stay). From $50.
Stargazers Accommodation & Astronomy Tours
392 State Highway 25, RD 2 Kuaotunu
www.stargazersbb.com Phone: 07 866 5343
Travellers with an interest in astronomy will appreciate Stargazers as it has a variety of astronomy tools and an Observatory. Stay in the Observatory Lodge or self contained Miners Cottage. Astronomy tours are offered and come highly recommended. (Stargazers is 16km north of Whitianga).
The Church Accommodation
87 Hahei Beach Road
www.thechurchhahei.co.nz Phone: 07 866 3533
Cute miners style wooden cottages sit in a lush garden behind The Church Restaurant in Hahei. Reviewers sing the praises of both the restaurant and accommodation. Studio units from $115. There are free spades for guests to dig their own thermal pool at Hot Water Beach.
389 Opoutere Road
www.yha.co.nz Phone: 07 865 9072
YHA Opoutere is a former school house and is located in an undeveloped and quiet coastal area of the Coromandel Peninsula. See what Trip Advisor reviewers have to say. *The hostel is not open year round - check with the YHA before arriving.*
Art Break Waihi
www.artbreak.co.nz Phone: 021 0273 8988
Painting retreat over two nights with two kiwi women keen to share and provide for others. Stay in a contemporary kiwi bach within a two minute walk to Waihi’s sandy surf beach. Enjoy being catered for whilst you learn new skills and spend time painting with on-tap guidance and with three different mediums – all within a friendly small group.