The grounds, views of Auckland and the surrounding Waitakere Estate are phenomenal!
The location within the park is ideal for the beaches and at the same time reasonably close to Auckland and Auckland International Airport (30-45 minutes depending on traffic). This deserves a 5 Star Rating.
The hotel, however, by itself is a 4 Star Hotel and could be better. We had the two "loft" rooms with a view of Auckland. Great view but poor rooms. Other rooms in the hotel seem far better from what I could see. This one was very small, the twin beds small, uncomfortable and one kept moving, the windows are "heritage" and could use modernising. Very clean! WiFi only available in the lobby and the slowest from our whole NZ stay. Check in requires an unusual amount of time due to antique software issues. Restaurant is OK, not exceptional, and overpriced. However, if staying in the park area this hotel is your best choice by far.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Heritage Boutique Waitakere Estate is set in a stunning rainforest setting only 30 kilometres from Auckland City and the Airport. The property is a 21 room 4 star boutique hotel with restaurant and lounge bar facilities. The hotel's ridge top setting provides magnificent views of the surrounding rainforest and of Auckland City. There are extensive bush walking options on-site and in the surrounding Waitakere Ranges Heritage Park. The spectacular West Coast beaches are also neraby. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Auckland`s Waitakere Estate Hotel Waiatarua