Sunsets don't get much better than from the views at Te Whau Lodge, perched up high looking out over Waiheke and the Hauraki Gulf. It's always such a pleasure catching up with owners Liz Eglinton and Gene O’Neill, you feel instantly welcome at the Lodge and totally at home. They offer that great kiwi hospitality with a relaxed laidback feel, and with Gene being such a great cook it makes dining-in at the Lodge a preference. This is the kind of place I'd like to escape to for a weekend away, and it is definitely set-up for that romantic getaway with a loved one, or an intimate gathering with family or friends. There is sophistication yet with a warm and friendly vibe. Most evenings you’ll find a casual two-course plat du jour meal on the menu, and they can cater for sit down dining of up to twelve, or twenty for buffet style.
Along with sharing a passion for great food and wine, Liz and Gene have a special connection with the South of France, making the annual trip over to one of their favourite villages; Marseillan in the Languedoc. These trips are enjoyed with fellow foodies, and have become a whole cuisine and travel experience in themselves. Not a bad way to pick up some new recipes for the kitchen whilst escaping a little of the Winter!
This is definitely a place for booking in a weekend away, or guest accommodation for a Waiheke wedding, where relaxation and enjoying some fine food and wine will be a priority on the schedule.
You can find Te Whau Lodge at 36 Vintage Lane, Te Whau Point, Waiheke Island.
Phone +64 9 372 2288
Or read more here.
Also check out their Facebook page for events and special packages they have on offer.
Images: Amanda Schwarz Photography