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Watea Lodge began in March 2014. Watea means Welcome in Maori. My intent is to create a new level of accommodation experience. The house is new and set in a tranquil rural aspect, but central and close to all that the Hawkes Bay has to offer. The rooms have super king sized beds with luxurious linen. There is a guests' wing which is separate from the main house. This includes a beautifully furnished guests' lounge. The heated pool, hot tub and decks create a prestigious resort ambiance. Guest amenities include free hi speed WIFI, outdoor TV and a gym. Two rooms have en-suite bathrooms.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Heated pool
Hot Tub
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor pool
Shuttle Bus Service
Wheelchair Access
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Accessible rooms
Family Rooms
Non-smoking rooms
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Judging by other reviews this will stick out like a sore thumb but equally it would not be correct to ignore the facts. We arrived about an hour or so before a booked pick up to attend a gourmet wine tasting trip, the drive taking longer than planned and the lodge a bit further
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Response from IrisJVC, Owner at Watea Lodge
Responded 06 Feb 2018
Well, you are absolutely correct that your review sticks out like a sore thumb. It was a most unfortunate mistake on my part and I not only apologised profusely at the time, but I do so again. However, I do take exception to three of your comments. I have never in four years of running Watea had the comment that breakfast was "average" and I most certainly did not object to your dietary requirements. Getting a $50 refund was hardly a "small refund" and it was given with good grace.
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The room was great, the bathroom extraordinary and iris was fabulous. One of the best places we stayed in New Zealand. Iris immediately invited us for a glass of wine encouraged us to go for a dip in the pool or hot tub and made a dinner reservation for us, Just terrific,
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Response from IrisJVC, Owner at Watea Lodge
Responded 01 Feb 2018
Thank you Maryellen - it was lovely meeting you both and enjoyed our engaging conversations. There was a lot of laughter and shared views. I trust that you enjoyed the remainder of your holiday. Kind regards Iris
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The experience at the Wateal Lodge could not have been better. Iris was a great host, the room was very comfortable and breakfast was superb. Very intimate setting, our 1st NZ getaway and weekend to remember. Napier has world class restaurants, stunning beaches, great trails
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Response from IrisJVC, Owner at Watea Lodge
Responded 24 Sep 2017
Hi Mark Thank you for your delightful review. It was such a pleasure to accommodate your party and engage in such interesting discussions. Kind regards Iris
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What a stunning B&B. From the outside it looks like a black barn; from the inside, a five-star hotel. You'll be totally surprised and blown away. Everything is simply stunning. Even breakfast was scrumptious. And to top it all, we had our laundry done for free. All in all, top
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Response from IrisJVC, Owner at Watea Lodge
Responded 21 Jul 2017
What a lovely review. It was great meeting you both. To add to the delight was the nostalgia of talking to someone from my old country. I imagine that you are reveling in the beauty of Rarotonga and looking forward to the marriage celebration. Regards Iris
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We loved staying at Watea Lodge. Our room was very comfortable, and Iris has thought of everything that guests might enjoy, from the guest lounge to the lap pool. Breakfast was delicious on both mornings and we loved sharing stories with Iris.
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Response from IrisJVC, Owner at Watea Lodge
Responded 07 May 2017
Hi Susan and Alex What great guests you were. I too enjoyed every minute of our fascinating conversations. Your energy is admirable - cycling after Alex won a gold in rowing at the Masters Games. I'm looking forward to my next trip to Sydney when I'll enjoy a coffee with you both. Iris
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Maui room with supper king bed
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Pania can either be configured as a super king or two long singles
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shower area of bathroom for Pania and Maui
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Te Mata kitchenette
"Iris can help you with the rooms, all seemed excellent."
"Two rooms have a shared bathroom and one has it's own ensuite."
"The Air BnB room is the best."
"Every room is superb!"
"Two rooms only, cannot go wrong with either."
New ZealandNorth IslandHawke's Bay RegionNapier
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