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Having battled through torrential rain to get here from Auckland, we immediately realised it was all worth it. This bach ticked all the boxes: view of the ocean speckled with islands and distant headlands, a garden full of flowers, fruit & butterflies, private access to a lovely sandy beach with safe bathing, a spacious, well-equipped interior and a friendly proprietor living right next door.
The Oke lodge at Rawhiti welcomes you with its heritage of time woven into its presence, and the caring details that went into the renovation takes you back to a simpler time when there were few visitors to this region. While the boat tours offer
a glimpse of this gorgeous area, the lodge lives it; where quiet and serene are the norm. The lodge is well equipment an modernize to meet your every need. We found the beds very comfortable, the kitchen well equipment, minus a few sharper knives for cooking, the front porch ideal to watch the bay and read a book, and the shaded patio perfect for lunch and dreams of staying longer. Easy access to the Oke bay feels like jumping into your own private beach from a travel magazine. It just does not get much better than this. There are two breathtaking walks right off the property, that reveal both sides of the peninsula, and access to Russell and Paihia for shopping make for a great day outing. Julian is super to work with, cares deeply for this beautiful place, and wants to make sure your stay is wonderful. While not all the renovation is 100%, it is apparent every detail is in the works, well thought out and will be well crafted. You can stay at a modern Villa anywhere in the world, but to experience something special, we highly recommend the lodge. We are from Colorado, I do hope we can return to this amazing place someday. Thank you Julian. Short Family, Hillside CO, USA.