We had a wonderful night at the Narrows Landing. It is a beautiful building and the rooms are architecturally very pretty. Peaceful grounds and lovely breakfast. Great service. We'd stay here again and even considered having our wedding here if only it were closer to friends/family for us
We booked this hotel after changing from a Rotorua booking as a friend had told us the other hotel had some issues and we were looking somewhere to base ourselves for a couple of days to do Hobbiton, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park and Redwoods Treewalk, it was a bit of driving but all doable, the price of the room was very reasonable as the room was a very generous size with a lounge area decent size TV & a huge ensuite & a very efficient air conditioner, with free parking available. Set in a lovely bush setting they also cater for functions, our booking included a continental breakfast each day, there was always a staff member available when we needed assistance and were always happy to help, highly recommended.
Appreciated the very late check in. Room was large, warm, and comfortable. It's lovely to hear the birds in the morning. We found the room very dark due to lack of lighting. Access to a small fridge and microwave would be appreciated. I had heatpacks but no where to heat them. The toilet situation is interesting. The door has a massive gap under it (like a rustic saloon door with 40cm gap top and bottom) so be prepared to hear each other do their business. There is also no fan/window to get rid of any smells.
We stayed for only one night; the room was big. Several rooms share the same terrace, which was a bit odd. Strange that the door to the bathroom could’t be locked. Both the room and breakfast area were cold. The breakfast was rather limited as well as the service. The hotell could have been nice, but it was missing atmosphere.
This hotel is rural but very close to the city and the airport. If you have a rental car you can travel to both in a few minutes, and there are many fine cafes in near proximity. Each room is different and the building is mainly made of recycled materials, so our windows were stained glass from an old house by the looks, and the stairs looked like recycled factory stairs. Large rooms, comfy beds, great heater for the zero degree frost. A large bathroom with a bath. I couldn't find a mirror in the room or anywhere in the bathroom to plug in the hairdryer, so I dried blind. The rural setting is peaceful and our window looked out on cows, sheep and horses. We were a family party for a wedding and booked 4 rooms. The rooms came with a lovely continental breakfast.