Husband and wife team Leonie Johnsen and Tony Ward are now on the third edition of their travel guide with a difference - places to eat, shop and stay with the planet in mind.
Husband and wife team Leonie Johnsen and Tony Ward are now on the third edition of their travel guide with a difference: The 2011Organic Explorer New Zealand - places to eat, shop and stay with the planet in mind.
1. Wharepuke Subtropical Accommodation
190 Kerikeri Rd, Kerikeri
A favourite of a US film crew tripping around New Zealand eco lodges, Wharepuke has a terrific restaurant, spectacular gardens and art gallery, as well as print-making courses for those interested. Award-winning Thai restaurant from organic produce grown on site. Lots to do here.
2. The TreeHouse
168 West Coast Rd, Motukaraka, Hokianga Harbour
On a 30-year-old permaculture farm that is very family- and bicycle-friendly, has a range of owner-built cabins, plus tent sites, so a good budget option for family groups.
Good reviews and only 2km from the charming Hokianga ferry.
3. Solscape Eco Retreat
611 Wainui Rd, Raglan
Another family-friendly eco lodge with a range of funky accommodations, including tipis, railway carriages and camping. Just a bush walk away from a great surf beach, with surfing lessons, yoga and massage. Very interesting place with workshops in sustainability and wellbeing.
4. Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary
1190 Ohautiti Rd, RD3, Tauranga
Family-friendly, Mount Tutu has farm animals and glowworm tours, and was nominated by Wilderness magazine in 2009 as one of the top five ecolodges in NZ. Has QE11 covenanted forest, provides a rainforest eco tour and is handily located only 20 minutes from Tauranga, and 40 minutes from Rotorua.