We hear from our many satisfied guests, and read in their Trip Advisor reviews, that the two overall memorable aspects of our Lodge are the awesome panoramic ocean view and the tranquil silence and absence of any traffic noise, yet still only a 7-minute walk to the town.
Very few if any other Bed and Breakfast accommodation venues in Paihia can boast of such an awesome sea view from each guest room. With respect to this commanding sea view, from the moment you enter Tarltons Lodge and walk out onto the lower terrace or the upper balcony, the 170-degree ocean panorama owns you. Every guest room is on the north and ocean facing side of the building and has floor to ceiling sliding glass doors, through which this expansive and spectacular view is visible from your bed, from your private spa and from your breakfast table. When you wake up in the morning and look out, the view is there. Additionally, throughout most of the year at dawn, the sunrises erupt in a kaleidoscope of riotous colour which floods into your room and assaults your vision.
Our guest rooms' sliding glass doors open onto a terrace. The only sounds you will hear is the throaty bird song of the “Tui” bird in the morning (Click here for Tui Bird Song ), the rhythmicsound of waves lapping on the beach below and the muffled put-putting of boats motoring up Veronica channel to the port of Opua. Access to your private section of the terrace is by a staircase, exclusive to your use, where similarly you will find your own exclusive and personal Jacuzzi/hot tub, breakfast high table and chairs and small garden full of unique New Zealand flora and fauna.
Many accommodation providers in the Bay of Islands advertise sea views. Be cautious, because in many cases what the guest ends up with, is a glimpse of ocean between two buildings or a distant view of the ocean over and beyond a sprawl of rooftops comprising Paihia town. Their advertising photographs don’t match the reality the guest faces. Our guests repeatedly say that the photographs on Tarltons Lodge website don’t do justice to the spectacular view and calming tranquillity of Tarltons Lodge.
Our check-outs can be emotional experiences as most of our guests are reluctant to leave, wishing they had planned a longer stay at Tarltons. Often, they write hand written thank you notes: