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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Location is one of the best I've ever visited. I visited this Hotel when Jeremy was the head chef.. The food was awesome.. Will definitely love to visit again. I've heard that the property has been sold and is being renovated. Hopefully it will be the best in Whangaroa

Thank gi7476
Poole, UK
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016

This hotel is situated in one of the best locations I have ever stayed in. However, even with this competitive advantage, the hotel is terrible. As opposed to giving the owners a public grilling I have instead decided to offer some advice. Here is my 5 point plan which, if implemented, will make your hotel passable. 1. Buy some sun... More 

4 Thank ReluctantAdvisor
Daventry, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

It was not the first time we had been here, having spent a lazy sunny afternoon here in the 1990s. Things have changed though. You still need to get the Whangaroa water taxi to get in and out and the trip across this historic stretch of water is in itself a treat. The welcome, however, is not so warm and... More 

5 Thank David M
SINZ, Manager at Kingfish Lodge, responded to this review

Well David One cannot please everyone… Did you stay or were you a casual visitor? At the end of the season a simple all day bar menu was offered which appealed to most for snacks and lunches. Our functions menu and evening set meals were popular throughout the season with our chefs offering a new three course meal every night... More 

Whangarei Heads, New Zealand
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18 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2016

Fantastic few days showing this little gem to a good friend of ours from USA. Service, comfort and setting are ideal. The expceriance was what we hoped for and more. Chef cooked our snapper for our lunch, less than an hour from when we pulled them aboard. Magic place to wake up to, and nothing like hauling in a few... More 

Thank LukeSki
SINZ, Manager at Kingfish Lodge, responded to this review

Thankyou Luke for taking the time to comment on Tripadvisor. Your words of encouragement are appreciated by our team. Yes, having Kingfish being caught 200m from your room is quite an experience. Sadly Kingfish Lodge has sold, and is closed to the public for the time-being. Kindest regards The former KFL team More 

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10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

The view, service, food and most importantly fishing are exquisite. Love it, third year in a row. Catching a few kingies literally 200 metres from your room, coming back and enjoying a few beers while the chef prepares your catch is a rare experience. Get amongst.

Thank Hayden P
SINZ, Former owner/manager at Kingfish Lodge, responded to this review

You had a ball Hayden and the Kingfish obliged for you this visit. Thanks from all of the KFL team for your written feedback. More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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692 reviews
81 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2016 via mobile

Peace and tranquility, perfect break for a wedding, business conference or romantic getaway. Nestled into its own private bay with wonderful look out points, this is true bliss. Little to mainly no cell phone coverage and minimal internet only from the main area it's perfect for getting rid of all distractions. Small but clean bedrooms with stunning views and delicious... More 

Thank D P
SINZ, former owner and manager at Kingfish Lodge, responded to this review

Our team totally agree thankyou, and we all collectively call the location 'our own little bit of paradise'. A big thankyou from us all More 

Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2016

We had lunch with friends who live locally and who raved about the place. You can only get there by boat. The proprietor cocked up the arrangements with the water taxi and was v apologetic when we eventually arrived and gave us a bottle of excellent rose. The position of and views from the terrace where we ate are hard... More 

Thank ian203
SINZ, former owner at Kingfish Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments and yes we were happy to oblige with a comp refreshment as the water taxi timings were sometimes irregular due to the recent death of the proprietor. The three skippers did a wonderful job in the following months and sometimes there could be a glitch in communicating movements for casual (non in-house) visitors. Yes those beer... More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
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29 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2016

After hearing great things about Kingfish Lodge from friends who had stayed there some years back we were looking forward to our stay between Christmas and New Year. There's no doubt that the setting is simply superb, however that's where the amazement stopped. For $500 per night the rooms were very average, the jetty was badly damaged, the food in... More 

2 Thank Braveheart14
Level Contributor
14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2016 via mobile

We did not stay at The Lodge, but received a recommendation to dine at their restaurant and to have the chef's $75 per head special. We drove one hour north from where we were staying and then took a water taxi across to the Lodge, it was a picture perfect day, warm, blue skies and aqua water !! The lodge... More 

3 Thank AnnieMacAustralia
Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 February 2016 via mobile

This amazingly beautiful hotel can only be accessed by water taxi. The journey across a scenic bay ,with turquoise water and verdant islands dotted around is really exciting . Would be a fabulous hotel for a honeymoon. We had a delicious lunch and the owner came down to the jetty to meet us which was a really nice touch. We... More 

1 Thank lindsey203
SINZ, Former owners at Kingfish Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for joining us for lunch and we are so pleased you had a wonderful experience on the harbour this day. We do apologise for not responding sooner, but for some inexplicable reason your message has only just come to my attention. Thankyou again on behalf of our former team. More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Beachfront
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Things to do
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Minibar
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Laundry Service
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Conference Facilities
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Boutique water-front lodge accommodation. More than just a fishing lodge.... Romantic escapes, rest and relaxation, wedding and event venue, private parties and special occasions, corporate events, conference facility. Families welcome, young children with prior arrangement please due to water proximity. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Kingfish Lodge

Address: Whangaroa Harbour, Whangaroa, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Whangaroa
Price Range: €170 - €196 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
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“waterfront rooms are unbeatable.”
 of 5 bubbles LukeSki, 17 Apr 2016 | Read review
“The CO suite is worth the extra, room 7 is a bit bigger than the others at the cove view end. Some of the waterfront view rooms have extra single beds.”
 of 5 bubbles Hauparua, 18 May 2015 | Read review
“Ask 'Jezza' for a beach front room”
 of 5 bubbles HugoandFreddie, 21 Feb 2015 | Read review
“The Commanding Officers Suite is for those who like to pamper themselves. It is private, with good access, modern decor, and excellent room service.”
  • toasting 50 yrs on our personal deck
 of 5 bubbles pipiroabayhomestay, 23 Nov 2014 | Read review
“Apparently the lodge is extremely busy during the summer holiday period particularly at Christmas and New Year with lots of boats mooring there and close by so the peace and tranquility may not be so noticeable at those times!”
 of 5 bubbles MichaelW687, 5 Nov 2014 | Read review
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