Fodor's Expert Review Manawa Ridge
267 Ngatitangata Rd., Waihi, , Waikato, 6381, New Zealand
Everything about this luxury eco-retreat, with its three guest suites, is outstanding. Hand-built with artistic architectural flair to exacting eco-standards (recycled beams, mud brick and straw bale walls) the lodge stands on a rural ridge top with 360-degree views over the Pacific Ocean and Coromandel coast. The three suites (Rivendell, Shire, and Fanghorn), are each individually designed and all feature private gardens with hot tubs and views (and quality silk bedding and Luxe bathrobes). Gourmet breakfasts are included; five course, candle-lit dinners (including predinner drinks and canapes) can be arranged (NZ$110 per person). Guests are welcome to wander the 250-acre farm, take a sculpture workshop, and explore the coastal walkway on the doorstep.
- 360-degree farm, forest, and coastal views
- hospitable hosts
- gourmet breakfasts
- 9 km (5.6 miles) out of town
Rate Includes: Free breakfast