Reviewed: 13 February 2019
I understand why Fiona (the owner) is loved by everyone we met on the island. She’s amazing. · The location, the birdlife and the owner were wonderful plus it’s an easy stroll to Tryphena for food, drinks and the beach.

Manjunatha New Zealand
Reviewed: 9 February 2019
Fiona is a great host. She was very friendly and gave us lot of pointers on must do activities.

Gloria Australia
Reviewed: 6 September 2018
We will go back · All amenities. Comfy bed. Host was extremely helpful. Peaceful surroundings walking distance to shops

Jenny New Zealand
Reviewed: 6 May 2018
Would come again as very central. Within walking distance of beach and club etc. · A very comfortable stay and so handy to Tryphena Wharf and other things we were interested in. Fiona was very informative and told us many interesting things about the Island and gave us great advice. Loved seeing the native birds around the Lodge feeding off Fiona’s fruit trees. · I didn’t want to leave!!!

Rob New Zealand
Reviewed: 6 April 2018
We had a great stay. Thank you Fiona. · Fiona is a fantastic host for the island.

Anonymous United Kingdom
Reviewed: 5 January 2018
Superb island experience, surrounded by endangered birds and rich native bush

Absolutely recommendable.
Great experience. Fantastic service and the staff (Fiona) was friendly and helpful, she even helped us to deal with an issue with SeaLink (avoid SeaLink, their lack of consistency and professionalism is a joke).
MARCO SEGHESSO – Apr 07, 2018 (Travelled Mar 2018)

A truly fabulous experience
Fiona was a fantastic host. She welcomed us warmly and went out of her way to help us with any problems or questions we had during our time on the island. The room was exactly what we required and I will definitely be looking at staying here again in the future. Keep in mind, mobile phone reception comes and goes but a fantastic excuse for going off the grid for a bit 🙂
ABBY LINTON – Oct 28, 2017 (Travelled Oct 2017)

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We enjoyed our stay at the lodge. Service was good. Unit was very clean. Rating is a 4.5
FRANK VAN DER PLOEG – Mar 10, 2015 (Travelled Feb 2015)


Very peaceful setting with bush and lots of birdlife. Unit was very comfortable, clean and quiet with everything you needed to make your stay as relaxing as possible
DEBBIE EVANS – Nov 01, 2014 (Travelled Oct 2014)


great place to stay very helpful owner 
worked really well for our exrended family 8 day holiday
TED HUGHES – Jan 12, 2014 (Travelled Dec 2013)


Great place, extremely friendly and helpful host, Fiona, would be very happy to stay here again.
NIGEL MILIUS – Oct 21, 2013 (Travelled Oct 2013) 


Ideal for our families when we stayed for 3 nights. Clean and attractive chalets in attractive grounds (saw kakas in the trees!). Fiona also really helped us get to and from the island when there appeared to be no tickets left! thankyou.
DAVID MORRICE – Apr 22, 2013 (Travelled Mar 2013) 

Great location – only a few minutes walk to the beach and amenities.very quiet and relaxing surroundings – we loved sitting out in the gardens soaking up the sun and watching all the birds. Very clean and tidy accommodation with everything we needed. Aotea lodge is the perfect place to stay if you want to relax and unwind. Thank you fiona for your hospitality and for a most memorable stay on great barrier – your local knowledge with tips and advice on what to do and see was invaluable. We will definitely be back – only next time we will stay for longer.
SARAH TAYLOR – Feb 26, 2013 (Travelled Feb 2013)