The Ridge, Waikato
|147 Greenhollows Road, Puhoi Historic Village, Waikato, NEW ZEALAND.|
Description: The RidgeLocated in the Matakana Coast Wine Country in New Zealand, The Ridge Country Lodge is just over 30 minutes north of Auckland city. Set in a magic location high on a ridge above the Historic Village of Puhoi, The Ridge is close to the city but a world away! The Ridge Country Lodge is without question one of Auckland's best kept secrets and a perfect place to stay as part of your holiday in New Zealand, for a romantic escape, weekend break, special occasion.
Enjoy the very informal relaxed atmosphere, great food and local Matakana Coast wines in addition to that extra touch of personal charm that makes staying here unique, a bit quirky and very special.
Relax on site or go out and explore one of Auckland's truly unique destinations. Whether you have a weekend or a week, this boutique hotel has so much to offer. Enjoy the luxury spa, the stunning scenery, the history of Puhoi and its famous pub, have a 'grape escape' in the Matakana Coast vineyards. Experience the trendy farmers market, shops, cafes and galleries of Matakana Village. Walk the local beaches and regional parks, sculpture gardens, museums, golf courses. It's all here and more.
Type of rooms: The RidgeAll 3 suites have heating, a generous en suite bathroom, private balcony and panoramic views. Each one opens onto a sunny north-facing deck (screened for your privacy) overlooking the bush and with distant sea views. Fabulously comfortable beds have been specially made for The Ridge from oiled macrocarpa with natural fibre mattresses (latex, coco-fibre, cotton and wool) and almost guarantee a good night's sleep. Each guest suite has direct access to the outside, as does the entire guest area.
The rooms are named after the regional parks of Wenderholm (green), Mahurangi (blue) and Tawharanui (yellow).
Additional information: The Ridge
Dining: The famous dinner parties are a major part of The Ridge experience so guests can just relax and not worry about driving out to dinner. Maralyn's excellent Mediterranean style cooking and sumptuous breakfasts are unforgettable. Hot and cold drinks (plunger coffee, teas, milo, soft drinks, beer and wine), fresh fruit and biscuits available in the open-plan kitchen.
Due to the location most guests take dinner on site as restaurants are 20 minutes away. Dinner package includes ? pre dinner drinks and nibbles, a 3 course dinner with Matakana Coast wines and tea/coffee and chocolates. Upon booking please tell them about any food dislikes and give them your first name so they can prepare your welcome/menu cards.
Activities: Bush walks, beaches, regional parks, bird sanctuaries, marine reserves and water sports are all available. This beautiful area provides a range of activities to suit all age groups and levels of fitness. Short bush walks on the property. Guided walks and tours can be arranged from the property. These can be customized to suit your interests and the time you have available.
From time to time they put together special weekends (Cooking, French, Native Bush and Birds, combined sea and land holidays).If you would like to organise a special weekend around your interests or hobby, please contact the hotel and they will do their best to arrange it.
Facilities include: Petanque court, outdoor dining area, a large outdoor area with deck chairs for sunbathing and enjoying the spectacular views, Chiminea - an outdoor clay fire - fabulous to sit around in spring/summer in the evenings. Indoors there is a guest lounge with leather sofas and open log fire Sky digital, VCR, DVD and surround sound stereo for sports, music and movie fans, guest library with information on things to see and do locally, regionally and nationally and also card games, and Pictionary.
Location: Since they are only 45 minutes from Auckland - you can also choose to visit attractions in the city and then come home to the peace and quiet of The Ridge when you've had enough! Visitors travelling to or from the Bay of Islands will find a convenient stopping place.
The hotel is 5 mins from the historic village of Puhoi where visitors can explore, other local activities and attractions include kayaking, horse riding, regional parks, Matakana wineries, day trips to Kawau Island and Tiritiri Matangi native bird sacturary, art and craft galleries and much more.
The Ridge is nestled into the sunny slopes of a high ridge at the head of the Waiwera estuary, near the historic village of Puhoi. Breathtaking panoramic views (stretching 50km in every direction on a good day) greet you and make you feel "on top of the world". Located at the end of a no-exit road, The Ridge offers guests peace and privacy.
Pets may be permitted by arrangement.
Not suitable for children under 14 years old(unless booking all three rooms).
Wheelchair accessibility to all guest areas (except the petanque court) The Ridge is as wheelchair friendly as possible.
Number of rooms: 3
Official category: Contemporary Country Lodge.
Year of establishment and/or latest refurbishment: 2001.
Period of closure: Open all year.
Languages spoken: English.Smoking policy: Non-smoking property.
Credit cards accepted: Eftpos, Mastercard, Visa.
Restaurant closed: Open for 3-course dinner by prior arrangement.
GPS Coordinates: 36° 32' 36.55'' S 174° 39' 36.47'' E
Nearest airport: Auckland - 60 minues