ESCAPE TO SERENITY
From coastal sanctuaries to lush rainforest hideaways, the Bay of Plenty offers an array of incredible accommodation for an unforgettable and rejuvenating stay. Whether your goal is to reconnect with nature, embark on a personal wellness journey, or simply unwind and recharge, your perfect haven awaits you in the Bay.
Nestled just 40 minutes from Whakatāne, Kohutapu Lodge offers a serene escape amidst lush farmland, native forests, and pristine lakes and rivers. Dive into the world of the last remaining Jurassic Podocarp Native Rainforests with guided walks and explore the rich cultural heritage through historical tours. You can also experience traditional Māori activities like weaving, haka lessons and night time eel fishing. Or simply unwind while gazing at the tranquil lake. A private jetty extends into the lake, offering opportunities for kayaking or further lake exploration by dinghy. Accommodation options range from cosy lodge cabins and self-contained cottages to self-contained units and powered and tent sites. Kohutapu Lodge is a true getaway to an untouched, rejuvenating paradise.
If you’re looking for a slice of paradise and a tranquil off-grid eco retreat, Watercliff is your destination. This 18-hectare haven rests beside the winding Omanawa River. Delia and Josh Harris have masterfully crafted an oasis of calmness, featuring a collection of eco cabins, each thoughtfully designed by architects and powered by the natural elements of solar energy and rainwater. Every cabin has a fully equipped kitchen and luxurious bathrooms (including underfloor heating to keep you warm in winter). Plus, automatic blinds let you greet the picturesque sunrise from the comfort of your bed. The cabins offer panoramic views of native bush, with easy access to a delightful swimming hole and a secluded riverbank beach. For the ultimate wellness experience, soak in the outdoor bath on your private deck while listening to the evening birdsong. It’s the perfect place to unwind, while being surrounded by nature and all its soothing sounds.
WARM EARTH COTTAGE
Experience the epitome of romance at Warm Earth Cottage, an idyllic retreat in Katikati. Tucked away in a picturesque valley, this cosy haven features two charming cabins. Here, you will start your day with a delightful breakfast hamper delivered to your cabin. For dinner, indulge in a barbecue dinner hamper personally crafted by Shelley and Trudie, who made it to the top 5 in Masterchef 2014.
If you seek tranquillity, the lounge offers a peaceful sanctuary, complete with a library, a fireplace, soothing tunes, and a serene atmosphere to unwind.
But that’s not all - Warm Earth Cottage delivers pamper experiences too. Choose from wood-fired outdoor baths, soothing massages, refreshing facials, private yoga or meditation sessions and more. Customise your escape by picking the body and soul delights that match your desires, creating your ideal getaway.
OROKAWA BAY RETREAT
Orokawa Bay Retreat is a secluded hilltop sanctuary in Waihī, offering panoramic views across the ocean. Designed with your comfort in mind, this custom-built retreat features an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area that seamlessly connects to the internal atrium, along with four ensuite bedrooms.
Take in breathtaking views from multiple outdoor spaces and rewind in the private outdoor hot tub. You can also elevate your stay with a range of special experiences tailored to your preferences. Whether you crave a unique meal prepared by a personal chef, desire in-house spa treatments, fancy an art gallery visit, or wish to embark on a scenic bike tour, they can arrange it all to make your stay truly unforgettable and relaxed. Nearby walks, cycleways, boutique shopping and beaches offer a wonderful opportunity to explore the best of the region.
If you're an ocean lover who finds solace in the soothing waves, Waihī Beach Paradise Resort is your perfect escape. Just a quick four-minute drive from the charming village of Waihī Beach, this resort offers the ultimate coastal experience. Take a dip in the saltwater solar-heated pool or unwind in the inviting spa. And if you're craving the beach, you're in luck – it's just a stone's throw away, with a 9km stretch of pristine white sandy shores right across the road. Choose between a luxurious two-bedroom downstairs apartment or a boutique cottage. Both options share the year-round heated 10m saltwater swimming pool. If you’re travelling with a larger group, you can reserve both accommodation options for complete privacy.
For a truly private and luxurious retreat, look no further than Ātaahua Estate. This New Zealand Italian-style villa in Ōmokoroa offers a lavish experience amidst stunning landscaped gardens, complete with a tennis court and swimming pool. At Ātaahua, luxury is tailored to your preferences. Enjoy housekeeping services, the option of a personal chef, and the convenience of arranging a massage therapist during your stay. You can also make use of the private gym, the yoga room, the 25m lap pool and the spa. With amenities like an outdoor pizza oven, competition smoker, gas and charcoal BBQs, a tennis and basketball court, and an infrared sauna, your options for relaxation or active pursuits are limitless. Ātaahua Estate is a natural oasis where you can truly relax and embrace the moment, making it easy to forget whether you're in New Zealand or Amalfi.
TE PUNA POINT RETREAT
Te Puna Point Retreat is a luxury oasis that caters perfectly for larger groups and wedding parties. The retreat boasts six bedrooms, an outdoor fireplace, a swimming pool, a relaxing hot springs spa pool, and more. If you love cooking, you can stroll through the lush avocado orchard and citrus groves and pick up any fallen avocados to enhance your meals during your stay. Embrace the waterfront setting, accessible via a private causeway bridge to nine acres of beautifully landscaped tropical paradise, offering serene, uninterrupted views of wetlands and inner harbour waters teeming with native bush and marshland birds.
WHITE ORCHID RETREAT
Perched on a ridge high in the Papamoa Hills, White Orchid Retreats offers a serene haven exclusively for women seeking indulgent pampering experiences, including an array of luxurious beauty treatments. Rejuvenate amidst the natural beauty as you soak in the outdoor hot mineral geothermal water or select from their enticing spa menu for a blissful spa session.
For a truly immersive experience, overnight stays are available, easily arranged through the contact form on their website. Additionally, they can cater for evening meals too.