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Back in the air. We are very excited our website is now iPhone and iPad friendly, check it out. Below is lovely article written and photographed by Nigel Tisdall from MARIE CLAIRE Magazine. So good!

We have had some quests for different reason then just relaxing. It was Nigel Tisdall, Travel writer, travel editor for "MARIE CLAIRE" and his lovely lady Alice Prier, fashion designer. Below I have copied what she wrote us plus a part of that article that featured "Manawa Ridge".          If you like to read the whole article you can click on: http://where2wearit.com/2014/08/17/a-road-trip-around-new-zealands-north-island/

Dear Carla

I came to New Zealand earlier this year with my Travel writer husband 
Nigel Tisdall. - Travel Editor Marie Claire Magazine and we stayed in 
your beautiful hotel, I've raved about it to loads of people, it was my 
favourite of the whole trip.


Our final weekend is spent touring the mountainous Coromandel Peninsula, a favourite weekend getaway for Aucklanders. Here we stay in my favourite hotel of the trip and certainly the most idiosyncratic – the hilltop Manawa Ridge near Waihi.

Outdoor Fire place Manawa Lodge NZWithout a straight line in the place and hand-built down to the last brick by Dutchman Willem and his sculptor wife Carla, I suppose it can best be described as sort of Santa Fe hippy-de-luxe. This fireplace is in the courtyard and there are only three bohemian suites for guests to stay in.

Interior Manawa Lodge NZThis is part of the main reception room and incorporates a tree.

Carla's sculpture Wanama Lodge NZOne of many of Carla’s voluptuous sculptures dotted around the lodge.

Fluffy Duck pancakes Wanama Lodge NZAll the food is delicious and home-cooked including these ‘fluffy duck’ breakfast pancakes made with ricotta cheese – here’s the recipe if you want to have a go at making some.

Alice & Co Turkish trousers Wanama Lodge NZ

Some Alice & Co ‘Turkish’ trousers seem appropriate for Manawa Ridge’s laid-back style.



7th August 2014

Eco Traveller

Overlooking Waihi Beach, Manawa Ridge offers guests a chance to get away from it all...

Read more at: http://www.ecotravellerguide.com/2012/07/5-luxury-eco-lodges-in-new-zealand/

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