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About this listing

The Historic Lodge, Boatshed , Cottage & unique “Glamping” units - Gypsy Caravans, Safari tents, Treehouse & Wheel House are in 2 acres of creative, tropical, water-front gardens, rich in bird life - Enjoy nature on the river, in stylish comfort!

The space

If you are on a tight budget, but still want to experience something rather special and romantic, then come and stay in The Wheel House for only $80 per night. This is a renovated Boat Cabin from an historic steam boat, The Minerva, finished with sweet smelling Japanese Cedar and French doors.

There is:
- a double bed
- tea / coffee facilities
- fridge
- romantic furnishings.

All other ammenities (showers, toilets and a well equipped kitchen) are a short walk away.

The view includes subtropical gardens, a large Phoenix palm and a tranquil, life sized Buddha

Next door are famous heritage sites: The Maori Chief, Hongi Hika's Pa site, Rewa's Village and the Stone Store river basin with New Zealand's oldest settler buildings.

There are lovely walks to two waterfalls, swimming from our own jetty, kayaking on the river and biking trails.

Our concept is to provide "a magical, integrated experience with nature at our special river front property yet with all possible comforts and a certain style".

We are looking forward to welcome you in the near future!

Guest access

Large, central water view deck complete with marquee and with café style seating for large groups, BBQ and Gazebo. We have our own Jetty and pontoon, ideal for swimming and Kayaks for hire.
Only the lower Boat shed is off-limits to children.

Other things to note

The Pagoda Lodge Estate comprises 2 acres of gardens and mature trees. There are creative, multi-tiered grounds offering many private and tranquil spaces. There is a gentle flowing river and wide views to the Inlet and adjacent, large Historic Pa Site. As such, we have plentiful and varied bird-life. Please respect our wildlife and do not feed the ducks.
The river is a fish reserve, so no fishing allowed. No children in the old boat shed (lower level) and no swimming without supervision of parents.
Many thanks


The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 6
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 10AM
Room type: Private room

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Discount: 10%
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House Rules
Check in is anytime after 2PM

1. No smoking inside
2. Please wash, dry and put away all plates and kitchenware after each meal
3. As we are subtropical, please put all sweet things in the fridge and clean surfaces well after food or drink to avoid unwanted insects.
4. Please dispose of sanitary items in bins provided in the central facilities block (not in the toilet)
5. Please take trash and recycle items to the disposal area (back of central block) to avoid ants etc. as we have a subtropical climate
6. Please supervise children if swimming or kayaking in the river
7. Only drink from the filter tap in the central kitchen


Cancellations

Strict

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.


Availability
3 nights minimum stay

10 Reviews


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Jacqueline User Profile
March 2017
A very peacful place. I enjoyed everything. Nearby the lovely stonehouse and honey cafe.

William User Profile
January 2016
Great little room in a lovely area. Exactly what we expected to find and more. Perfect for a couple of days to explore the local area. Some really nice walks starting just outside the front drive!

Janet User Profile
November 2015
This was my first experience "glamping", and I'm pretty sure I never want to do it any other way. The grounds were so well appointed and peaceful, and the Wheel House was delightful. At Stephen's suggestion, I drove the tourist track up along the Bay of Islands and then drove down to the Kauri forest - it was a gorgeous trip, and I pretty much had the place to myself! Stephen also suggested Wharepuke for dinner, where I had a phenomenal meal - definitely ask him for suggestions for things to do and places to go! The only minor quibble I had was that the wifi doesn't extend to the Wheel House itself - though it was nice to go down and sit by the river to access wifi and get to know some of the other guests in the process.

John User Profile
November 2015
Stephen made me very welcome, and even gave me a free upgrade to more roomy accommodation. Pagoda Lodge is a great place stay, especially if you like history, with the pa, Stone House and Waitangi all reasonably close.

Annabelle User Profile
May 2015
Pagoda lodge was beautiful, amazing and serene, hands down our favourite place to have stayed in a long time. Clean rooms, beautiful grounds and excellent communal area. Perfect spot to get away or go with friends!

Louise User Profile
March 2015
Lovely quirky little place, made the long drive worth while. Highly recommend

Lucia User Profile
February 2015
I could not recommend this place more. Wheel house is a renovated boat cabin with beautiful décor inside and many small details that made us feel pampered (bottle of water in the fridge, mosquito repellent on the shelf, different kinds of tea and coffee in a tin...). You really are getting the best of two worlds – you have a great comfort while enjoying the nature (there was a kingfisher flying over our heads while we sipped tea on our deck). Overall atmosphere on the site was very calm and zen (there was even a koi pond with Buddha statue!). I think it makes for great spot for romantic getaway. We are definitely coming back! Kathy and Stephen, thank you!
Stephen User Profile
Response from Stephen:
Hi Lucia What a lovely review as it reflects so much of the special ambience, gardens and unique Glamping accommodation that has been crafted over the last 10 years! Thanks so much and come back again soon! Best wishes Stephen
February 2015

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Stephen User Profile

The owners, Kathy and Stephen Frewen, spent more than 20 years in Asia and were immediately drawn to the harmonious balance of “earth, wind and water”. The pagoda roofs, the variety of rare and mature trees, the tranquil river and the abundant bird life all create a certain magic, now enhanced by the serene Buddhas from Borobudur.

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