Stunning Ocean Views. Breath taking! Southern Coromandel
Both my husband and I have extensive experience in the hospitality and service industry. I worked for more than 14 years as Cabin Crew for Air New Zealand and previous to that 2 years on the French canals as a hostess on Luxury Chartered Barges. Earlier in my career I succesfully competed a London School of Cordon Bleu Cookery (NZ) Certificate and am an avid foodie. Roger and I now run our own business. Roger founded Hallmark Limousines in 1986 and has owned and operated the business for the past 31 years. Under his stewardship Hallmark has grown to be the largest privately owned Chauffeur Drive business in New Zealand. We have been looking for that next step. When this opportunity arose it was something we had been considering for a long while. I was born and brought up in the Bay of Plenty region and know Waihi and its environs very well. Roger was born, bought up and educated in England before emigrating to NZ in the late 70's. We can both honestly say New Zealand is a truly magnificent country and its people are so very friendly. Ths is a dream come true and we look forward to sharing our little bit of paradise with you.
Niki purchased this Villa in 2017
Why Niki chose Waihi
Why Poets Corner Just look at the photos and you will understand! Poets Corner, is situated in the coastal hills of Waihi. Waihi is an amazing little eclectic town steeped with history and charm. It is also the gateway to the Coromandel, The Bay of Plenty and less than two hours from Auckland. The Waikato is on our doorstep also. Our Lodge has breath taking views and is simply a fabulous getaway!
What makes this Villa unique
One of the great things about New Zealand is that winter in the Northern Hemisphere is SUMMER in New Zealand, so if you want to get away from the cold in December, January, February, or March, you find Poets Corner is warm and comfortable (never hot, like many parts of Australia during the summer). Average high temps during the summer months are 75F/23-24 C. And getting here is easy- direct overnight flights Houston, LA, San Francisco or Vancouver, BC to Auckland, and from Auckland, the Lodge is an 1 hour and 42 minute drive on good highway.
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Beautiful in every way!
We had a great stay. Niki was amazing and very helpful. There were 7 adults with us and we all felt like we had our space, not crowded at all.
Anything we needed they were on it. The property and the view is amazing, just like the pictures. It is obvious that these two have been in the service industry for years, they had everything covered. The pantry had more than any other rental we have stayed in.
I left my phone and Niki had it to me the next day!
It was very peaceful and quiet. Truly hope to come back some day!
Coromandel Activities and Walks
Karangahake Gorge Walk
There is such a lot of mining history in the gorge and a variety of walks The famous Windows Walk which takes you through old mines shafts Walking up one side of the river, across the swing bridge and down the other side learning about the mining histroy as you go. It is on State Highway 2 but cross a bridge and you are in another world. Lunch at Ohinemuri Winery after your walk.
Homunga - Waihi Beach Walk
This track can be tough in places, but rewarding for those who enjoy a bit more of a challenge.10km walk which takes you over farm land, along the rocky coast, past Orokawa Bay and on through bush to Waihi Beach. Spectacular in summer with the Pohutakawa trees in flower.
This relatively short walk takes you from the northern end of Waihi Beach to beautiful, secluded Orokawa Bay past spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Waihi Beach.
Black Hill Walkway
A short walk along the banks of the Ohinemuri River to Black Hill. Extensive views of Waihi, from the sea to the Karangahake Gorge. Recently opened rim walk around the open cast mine. . or there are many bush walks in the Kaimi Ranges.where you can visit the old Kauri dam sites or visit the kauri trees
Visit Tuhua (Mayor) Island
Helicopter ride out to Tuhua from Tuaranga, where your Maori guide will take you on a guided tour of the island and tell you about the history. Learn about the bush and bird life The island is a sanctuary and Kiwis have been released there This is a unique expereince with limited numbers of visitors each year. www.aerius.co.nz
Visit The Glow Worms
Take a guided kayak tour to Lake McLaren glow worms at dusk. Paddle into the evening and discover this wonderous unique and magical part of NZ There are glow worms in the canyon, in abundance. End the day with a BBQ
An open cast mine in the middle of Waihi town. Actively being mined for gold and silver. Visit the Cornish Pump House, recently moved to sit at the top of the main street Take a 2 hour mine tour with a guide who will tell you all about mining in Waihi today. Visit the info centre where there is a display telling you about mining in the past.
The Waihi Museum
Is a nationally acknowledged treasure house of the mining, metallurgy and sociology of the region,
The Goldfields Railway
Starts from the historic station on Wrigley Street, running daily to the historic Waikino Station.
9 kilometres of white sand. It is a safe beach running south to Athenree. The north headland has a coastal walking track to Orokawa Bay, while the other, Bowentown – is the site of a fortified Maori pa.
Visit the hot natural mineral pools open daily 9am-7.30pm. (See Accommodation Section – Athenree Hot Springs & Holiday Park).
Site of the largest quartz-crushing plant in Australasia. See the underground ore kilns and tunnels.
We have 6 within one hours drive from here, ranging from country courses to international standard
For children of all ages, there is Hobbiton, home of 'The Shire' in JRR Tolkien's wonderful novels. Movie set tours in this bucolic setting are available year-round. It's a bit of a drive (about 1.5 hours), but guests who have been there tell us it's worth it, even for parents!