Tawharanui Lodge
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A Quick Escape from Auckland
Just about 15 minutes outside Matakana, which itself is a mere 45 minutes from Auckland, the Tawharanui Lodge still feel like a beautifully remote spot. Stay in the lodge or in the estuary villas, which have a private balcony that's a perfect place to sit and take in the cacophony of birdsong. Meals at the lodge are hearty and local; Jill and Peter, the owners, are friendly proprietors and great fun to talk to. The lodge is at the edge of the Tawharanui Regional Park, which has hiking trails and a beautiful long beach, great for tidepooling and shell collecting.
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