Te Arai Lodge is a family run, boutique accommodation, a 90-minute drive north from Auckland Harbor bridge, or a two-hour chopper ride away from Auckland International Airport. Take in the scenic location of the stone clad building, set on a high ridge with panoramic views of the Brynderwyn ranges, beaches and islands of the Mangawhai coast. Pass a covered portico and double entry doors to enter an open plan common area with a limestone open fireplace and plush seating. Cozy up in one of the four air conditioned, independent suites, each with its own private entrance. Enjoy a host of amenities including WiFi, a washing machine, a flat screen TV, a gas fireplace area, dining facilities, a minibar and an ensuite double vanity with a bathtub and shower. Relax in the seating area looking out to organic gardens, native bush and distant islands. Listen to nature’s sounds in the outdoor bath in the adjoining private terrace. Swim in the heated lap pool, or laze under the shaded sun loungers on the purpleheart wooden deck, surrounded by gorgeous views. Calm your senses with a yoga session at the studio that opens out to the pool deck, or soak in the cedar hot tub at the end of the bush. Rejuvenate yourself in a pine wood infrared sauna or pamper yourself with a massage at the spa. Pick a drink from the minibar or fix yourself a cuppa at the hot beverage kitchenette. Stroll around the 20 acre property, home to a vegetable garden, an ancient podocarp forest, and native bush. Sip wine at the bar, or at the open fireplace watching a glorious sunset. Join the chef in picking fresh produce from the garden, and watch the final touches on the dishes in the kitchen. Enjoy a buffet breakfast, barbeque, and a shared dining experience of organic “garden-to-table” dishes in the restaurant, while looking out to the sand dunes of Mangawhai.