The Hotel: 88 Lodge
With tropical vistas to rival the lush gardens of Fiji, 88 Lodge will transport guests far from anything that is not sitting by a pool and relaxing. Unwind while wandering through the two acres of gardens that surround the property or take a revitalising dip in the solar-heated outdoor swimming pool. Bask in the eco-climate created by the high-hedging border around 88 Lodge and embrace the chance to get back to nature.
Guests reside in lodge rooms, boasting private verandas and views out over the gardens. The en suite bathrooms make for an ideal place to refresh at the end of the day thanks to heated towel rails and large showers. Begin each day with a spread of breakfast treats featuring local produce and press snooze a few extra times on the last day with a late check-out.
- King-size bed
- Standard occupancy: Two people
- Maximum occupancy: Two people
The Area: Kerikeri, North Island
Groupies who decide to venture from their delightful retreat will find a wealth of fascinating attractions in the local area. Wine buffs will be keen to sniff out the Marsden Estate, Ake Ake, Fat Pig and Cottle Hill wineries just a few minutes away. Northland is known for its gourmet food, so finding something delicious to go with the vino is anything but a chore. Try Mahoe Cheese, Get Fudged, or Makana Chocolate.
Three picturesque golf courses lie within an hour’s drive, while Kerikeri Centre regularly hosts exhibitions and live shows, and a nearby multiplex cinema is open seven days a week. Discover the historical significance of the area by visiting the Stone Store Basin, the oldest stone building in New Zealand.