Contact information

The Summit Lodge

Address:

4 Admiral Road

Gladston
MASTERTON

NEW ZEALAND

Phone/Fax number:

+64 6 372 7757

Email address:

retreat@summitlodge.co.nz

Website address:

www.summitlodge.co.nz

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Summit Lodge offers

summit lodgeThe Summit Lodge was designed and built by Jim & Tracey in 2009.  Set in the middle of farmland in Gladstone with views to the Tararua Ranges, rolling hills and large, open skies the Summit Lodge offers guests an opportunity to sample ‘real New Zealand’.  Off the main tourist track, the Wairarapa is often referred to as a ‘well-kept secret’.  Stunning coastal walks – often with no other people around; beautiful bush walks in conservation areas; boutique wineries and many opportunities to meet the local farmers – particularly down at the local country inn.

The lodge features many environmental and sustainable features and has an Enviro-Gold assessment to complement its five-star quality rating. From its origins as a sheep paddock back in 2008, there are now extensive gardens surrounding the lodge planted using permaculture principles.

Guests have the opportunity to dine in at the Summit Lodge with prior arrangement.  Local lamb and venison feature as well as vegetables and fruit from the garden, home baking and home-made preserves.  Dining is sociable, informal and fun!  Guests often comment on the county-style breakfasts which set you up for the day.  Bread is baked on-site every day, jams are made from fruit from the garden, eggs are provided by our own free-range hens, mushrooms are from the local mushroom farm and bacon and sausages are locally cured using organic meat.  Barista-style Espresso coffee is available as well as a range of teas.

The lodge is designed in a U-shape.  Guests are accommodated in one wing of the lodge where are there are three en-suite rooms – each with individual heat pump/air conditioning as well as private patio area.  Guests have shared use of large lounge which features reclining seating and a home theatre system as well as office for downloading photos or checking emails.  In the lounge, there is a fridge and microwave for guest convenience as well as a range of teas and coffee and home baking. There is complimentary wifi available as well as lockable storage for bicycles.

Directions

GPS:41°5’9.457″S |175°38’26.358″E

We are 90 minutes drive from Wellington or Palmerston North and approx. 2 hours from Hawkes Bay – on the Classic Wine Trail.  Carterton is a 15 minute drive away and Masterton 20 minutes.

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Offering wheelchair accessible bathroom our Rimu room is at the back of the guest wing and has great afternoon sun.  The ranchslider door leads to a private patio flanked by lilies, wisteria and lavender. Hairdryer, bathrobes and jandles are provided for guest convenience as are a range of toiletries – all of which are chemical-free.  A heat pump means you can set the temperature to meet your needs and double glazing and insulation keep the room quiet as well as cool in summer and warm in winter. Super-king or twin single beds. Shared access to the guest lounge, office and spa.

 

Kowhai

Kowhai room is in the middle of the guest wing and the ranchslider door leads to a patio framed by jasmine. Hairdryer, bathrobes and jandles are provided for guest convenience as are a range of toiletries – all of which are chemical-free.  A heat pump means you can set the temperature to meet your needs and double glazing and insulation keep the room quiet as well as cool in summer and warm in winter. Super-king or twin single beds. Shared access to the guest lounge, office and spa.

 

 

 

summit lodgeTotara Room at the front of the lodge receives fabulous morning sun, the private patio is framed by wisteria and looks out to the garden and rolling hills beyond.  Hairdryer, bathrobes and jandles are provided for guest convenience as are a range of toiletries – all of which are chemical-free.  A heat pump means you can set the temperature to meet your needs and double glazing and insulation keep the room quiet as well as cool in summer and warm in winter. Super-king or twin single beds.  Shared access to the guest lounge, office and spa.

summitYour hosts, Tracey and Jim, both have corporate backgrounds and have travelled extensively – both within NZ and overseas. Both are passionate about good food and wine – particularly the local, seasonal produce.  They enjoy nothing more than sharing a meal with guests and swapping stories whilst appreciating wine from one of the many boutique wineries found locally.  Also living at the Summit Lodge are Dexter – the Chocolate Labrador (who loves people and food)  and five friendly cats so guests are guaranteed a warm welcome!  There are also sociable alpacas to meet and free-range chickens.

Tracey is a keen photographer as well as Life Coach and Jim is a member of one of the local golf clubs and plays off a 7-9 handicap.  If he can, he is happy to take guests for a game!

There is plenty to do in the local area – there is a working Henge, an extensive collection of vintage aviation memorabilia; some gardens of national significance as well as the opportunity to see very rare white kiwi birds.  There are a number of boutique wineries both in nearby Martinborough and locally in Gladstone, that produce some exceptional wine and many have cellar doors for tasting.

There are also a number of food and wine and music festivals held locally as well as iconic events such as the Golden Shears and Wings over Wairarapa so do contact us for details on what’s on during your visit!  For the more energetic there are 9 golf courses within a 30-minute drive and there are many cycling circuits as well as both short and longer walks.

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