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THE COROMANDEL PENINSULA

PACIFIC VIEW LODGE

COROMANDEL PENINSULA, NORTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND

          Quality accommodations in a quiet, hillside location with outstanding coastal views of the blue Pacific, turquoise harbor, and green headlands. Five to ten driving minutes to restaurants and services, white sand beaches, sea kayaking, ocean fishing, and challenging golf. Located at the southeastern corner of the Coromandel Peninsula, Pacific View Lodge makes exploration of the region readily accessible, yet is less than two hours from Auckland Airport.

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QUALITY BED & BREAKFAST:

          Pacific View Lodge occupies a large, modern house on a hillside location on more than an acre of exotic New Zealand bush (forest). The property provides splendid views overlooking Tairua Harbour, and across the peninsular resort town of Pauanui to the open waters of the South Pacific.
         
The one-story, non-smoking lodge has three large guest accom-modations, each a well-furnished double bedroom with full bathroom. Two bedrooms are equipped with queen beds. A third has a super king bed than can be re-configured

Queen bedroom at Pacific View Lodge. Photo © Home At First.
PACIFIC VIEW LODGE OFFERS THREE SPACIOUS
Double bedrooms with queen OR KING beds,
full bathrooms, AND PATIOS WITH OCEAN VIEWS.

Photos © Home At First

 (see photos of all 3 bedrooms here)

into twin king beds. Bedrooms are

 

furnished with beds, dressers, chairs, numerous pillows, wardrobes, and lamps. Two bedrooms have en suite bathrooms with Scandinavian-style sill-less showers. The third bedroom features a bathroom with spa tub and hand-held shower. All bedrooms have satellite flat-screen TV, DVD, coffee and tea making facilities, toiletries, hair dryers, heated towel racks, underfloor heating and terrycloth robes.

 


LIFE IS GOOD AT PACIFIC VIEW LODGE:
ALTERNATELY RELAXING, COMFORTABLE, DELICIOUS,
AND ACTIVE: SEE PHOTOS WITH DETAILS
HERE.

Photos © Home At First

GUEST FACILITIES
& OTHER SERVICES
:

          All rooms have central underfloor heating, coffee and tea service, and fluffy guest towel/ robes. Rooms are serviced daily.
          Each of the bedroom suites has its own furnished private patio terrace with Pacific views — ideal for relaxing, snacking, or sipping a glass of wine. (Wine is available from Pacific View's private cellar.)
          A delicious cooked or Continental breakfast is provided
guests daily in the breakfast dining room. On fine mornings (more often than not in this part of the

 

world!), breakfast may be taken on the outdoor terrace.

          A shallow lap-pool and spa pool (hot tub) are also located on the Pacific-facing terrace, and are available for guests' use. Wireless, broadband internet access is provided, and a laptop computer is provided for guest use. There is a common guest lounge with library and comfy, overstuffed chairs, and an almost regal guest dining room. There is private, secure, off-street parking by the house.

View from Mt. Paku of Pauanui town and Tairua Harbour, on the Coromandel Peninsula, North Island, New Zealand. Photo © Home At First.
VIEW FROM MT PAKU OF PAUANUI & TAIRUA HARBOUR, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, NEW ZEALAND.
(TO SEE A PANORAMIC VIEW: CLICK HERE.)
Photo © Home At First

 

LOCATION: THE COROMANDEL PENINSULA is the thumb of Auckland's mitten. Separated from the main trunk of the NORTH ISLAND of New Zealand by the Firth of Thames and the Hauraki Gulf, the Coromandel extends northward into the South Pacific from the rural, rugged east coast of the Bay of Plenty region, and northeast of the agricultural flatlands of the Waikato region. The northernmost tip

of the Coromandel, is

 

approximately 50 miles north-east of downtown Auckland. The Coromandel itself is very rugged. Much of its interior land is unpopulated bush (forest) that carpets the steep Coromandel Range, mountains that, with few exceptions, extend almost to both coast lines of the peninsula. What habitations do exist take up much of the coastal flatland and are widely scattered.

The Pacific coast of the Coromandel Peninsula along Mercury Bay a few miles north of Pacific View Lodge. Photo © Home At First.
THE PACIFIC COAST OF THE COROMANDEL PENINSULA ALONG
MERCURY BAY A FEW MILES NORTH OF PACIFIC VIEW LODGE.

Photo © Home At First

But no town on the Coroman-

 

del could be considered large. The peninsular geography restricts roads to a winding, looping coastal route and two or three spellbinding crossings of the mountainous spine. If its geography is the antithesis of the rolling sea level Auckland region immediately to the west, its population and lifestyle seem equally different as well. Coromandel has attracted drop-outs, retirees, artists, vagabonds, and free-thinkers to create lifestyle alternatives to the button-down, mainstream hustle of Auckland. Although there remain some pockets of marginal existence on the peninsula, there have also evolved a number of prosperous towns and villages that have become successful seaside resort communities, artist colonies, joining a few original settlements that continue to do well on fishing and agriculture. The resulting character of the peninsula is that of a region of unrivaled mountain-and-sea scenery, sparsely populated by a broad spectrum of individualists who practice casual lifestyles of their own design, and who hope your visit is enjoyable but that you decide not to relocate to their particular paradise the glorious but fragile Coromandel.

 

 

Photo © Home At First.
Owner-hosts Maureen and Colin look forward
to welcoming you to Pacific View Lodge.

Photo © Home At First

HOSTING: Like many residents on the peninsula, Maureen and Colin decided to relocate to the Coromandel to their dream home. Formerly operators of a large sheep farm in the central North Island, they now see to the welfare of their guests. They do so with the enthusiasm of those with extraordinary pride of place: they are eager to introduce you to their chosen home region. As hosts, they will greet you upon arrival, help you get the lay of the land, can organize excursions, adventures, and tee-times for you, and will prepare and serve breakfast beautifully. Guests come away

 

feeling pampered, and with a sense that the Coromandel may really be paradise.

 

 

THE SETTING: Pacific View Lodge occupies more than an acre of pristine Coromandel bush (forest) on an eastern slope overlooking Tairua Harbour, with impressive views of the resort town of Pauanui and the South Pacific Ocean beyond. The isolated property promises a peaceful visit, yet is only 5-15 minutes drive to the restaurants, services, and organized activities of two

Beachcombing strolling near Cathedral Cove on the Coromandel Peninsula's Pacific coast. Photo © Home At First.
LIFE IS A BEACH NEAR PACIFIC VIEW LODGE: beachcombers
stroll near cathedral cove, named after the wave-
formed stone archway leading to the isolated beach.

Photo © Home At First

principal resort towns of the

 

southeastern Coromandel Peninsula, Tairua and Pauanui. The Pacific coast of the Coromandel is rugged and extremely scenic, with many white sand beaches inviting swimming, surfing, and fishing. Two well-known beaches about twenty minutes north of Pacific View Lodge, Hot Water Beach (dig your own thermal spring hot tub in the sand at low tide!) and the monumental Cathedral Cove, rank among the most popular on the Coromandel. But guests at Pacific View Lodge need only drive five minutes to reach excellent, unpopulated beaches. Offshore, the Pacific lures sport fishermen and boaters from kayakers to ocean-going sailboats and power craft. The lodge is well-situated for exploring the Coromandel, and, at less than two hours drive due east of AUCKLAND Airport, it makes a lovely base at the start and/or end of a driving tour of New Zealand.

 


VIEW OF THE HAURAKI GULF FROM THE ROUTE 25 PASS
ACROSS THE COROMANDEL RANGE BETWEEN
WHITIANGA AND COROMANDEL TOWN.

Photo © Home At First

ACTIVITIES: The Coromandel offers a wide variety of activities. In addition to beach life, water sports, boating and fishing, visitors to the peninsula can play golf, hike, hunt for arts, crafts, and antiques, and, most popularly, tour the Coromandel by car. Two golf courses — one municipal (Tairua Golf & Country Club) and one resort (Lakes Resort Golf Course, Pauanui) — are just a few minutes drive Pacific View

 

Lodge. Art galleries, craft

shops, and antique stores are scattered across the Coromandel, and provide good reason to explore the peninsula by car. However, encountering fabulous New Zealand scenery remains the best reason for touring the Coromandel. The peninsula's intricate, narrow coastline and rugged, mountainous spine conspire to make no road straight or level for very long, and to surprise travelers with sudden, jaw-dropping vistas.

 

 

AVAILABILITY:
For current availability information, call
HOME AT FIRST at (800) 523-5842, or contact us by e-mail: info@homeatfirst.com.

NOTES: HOME AT FIRST’s Pacific View Lodge consistently receives high ratings from HOME AT FIRST guests. In addition to the above description, please note the following:

• This all-ground-floor lodging requires
no stairs.

Tairua Harbour from Mt Paku. Pacific View Lodge is set on the wooded hillside in the middle-right of this picture. Photo © Home At First.
Tairua Harbour from Mt Paku. Pacific View Lodge
is set on the wooded hillside in the
middle-right of this picture.

Photo © Home At First

• Rooms are spacious and beautifully
furnished, but only one of three double bedrooms offers separate beds.

• All rooms and common spaces at Pacific View Lodge are non-smoking.

• A mature dog is a resident pet at Pacific View Lodge.

• Pacific View Lodge not suitable for children under 15 years old.

• A well-maintained private lane of about .5mi. length leads to Pacific View Lodge.

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