Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Whangamomona Hotel, Whangamomona

The Forgotten World Highway is a stunning trip from Stratford to Taumaranui, with an excellent stopping place at Whangamomona. The hotel was built in 1911 and along with the small township, has a remote and other-world feel.
Visit date: 11 November 2013

The Grand Hotel, Wanganui

The Grand Hotel in Wanganui is a little newer (opened in 1927) than our previous hotels, but Art Deco is a style we couldn't resist.
Visit date: 9 November 2013

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Princes Gate Hotel, Rotorua

This hotel is a real historic gem. Opened in 1897 in Waihi, it was moved to Rotorua after WWI, no mean feat in those days. After enjoying several walks around the city, we relaxed over an excellent lunch in the restaurant, which oozed the charm of bygone years. The hotel has been kept in a style which is true to it's age, and well worth a visit.
Visit date: 20 Oct 2013

Kentish Hotel, Waiuku

Before exploring the Awhitu Peninsula, we stopped for coffee at the Kentish Hotel in Waiuku. This hotel was built in 1851 and lays claim to the longest continuous liquor license in New Zealand.
Visit date: 27 Aug 2013

Foxgloves B&B, Waingaro

We had intended to stay at the historic Waingaro Hotel but it was closed for renovations so we found an historic house nearby instead.
The house has been beautifully restored with great attention to detail by the hosts who also provide a very reasonably priced and extremely generously sized home-cooked evening meal if required.
Visit date: 26 Aug 2013