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Beach Lodge

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Please note that this guide was last updated a few years ago (2009), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Margaret Morrison
121 State Highway 10, Coopers Beach, Mangonui, Northland

Tel: + 64 (0)9-406-0068
No cell number available
Fax: + 64 (0)9-406-0068

One of Margaret’s guests, an ambassador to New Zealand, was overjoyed to have found ‘paradise’ here at Beach Lodge. This is not faint praise considering that he was sent from Brazil.....

.... Approaching in my car it took only a fleeting glimpse to see exactly what he meant. Fringed by the crimson trail of blossoming pohutukawa trees, with soft waves gently licking the shore, the lodge presides over the most exquisitely golden and deserted sands I had come across in NZ. Set just above the trees each apartment has a large deck from which to gaze to the shore and you are just a few steps away from making the beach your own. In true pioneering spirit, Margaret returned from her travels some years ago to find her plot and build her bach. Bright and open-plan with high ceilings and big french windows that encourage the sea breeze in and swirl it around, the apartments are places for easy holiday living. One minute you’ll be on the kitchen barstools dangling your legs and eating lunch and the next you’ll have jumped back in your kayak and be paddling offshore. I loved the recent addition with its rustic whitewashed finishes and kaleidoscope of bathroom mirrors for those ‘are there really seven of me or did I have one too many gins at sundown?’ moments. Best of all is Margaret herself, a spirited lady and a no-nonsense bon viveur. She knows all the special spots in this largely - and thankfully - undiscovered part of the North Island. Golf, boats and personalised trips to Cape Reinga can be organised from here. Wifi broadband.[i/]

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Symbols: No Smoking    Off-street Parking    Swimming in Pool/Sea/River    TV in All Rooms    Good Hiking or Walking    Fishing    Wifi Available    Self-catering Option    Beach-house Property    Township Visits or Cultural Experiences    Boats or Charters    Canoeing    
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Rooms: 5 self-contained apartments: 4 with 1 queen and 1 twin and a shared shower; 1 with 1 queen and en-suite shower.
Prices: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Fully self-catering.
Directions: From Auckland take SH1 north to Whangarei. Continue along SH1 to Kawakawa, then turn L keeping on same highway. Turn R onto SH 10 towards Bay of Islands and Doubtless Bay. Go past turn-off to Mangonui. Beach Lodge is on beachfront 1km from the Coopers Beach sign and 60km sign.

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