A place TO PAUSE

Wairua Lodge is not your av­er­age bed and break­fast, writes Emma Dar­ragh

Go Travel New Zealand - - Coromandel -

Iam en­joy­ing break­fast in the sun at Wairua Lodge in The Coromandel, when a mas­sive Kereru (New Zealand Wood Pi­geon) swoops in front of us, land­ing in the branch of a nearby tree. The branch sways might­ily un­der the bird’s weight. We laugh as we watch the Kereru per­form its next dra­matic act – a dar­ingly low take-off over the grassy bank. These en­chant­ing mo­ments are the beauty of Wairua Lodge. At ev­ery gen­tle bend and twist in their six hectare prop­erty, Deb­bie and Ernst Baum­berger have cre­ated se­cluded spots to

stop and en­joy the lush sur­round­ings. Ev­ery rest­ing space is un­ob­tru­sive, pri­vate and in har­mony with the en­vi­ron­ment. The spa­ces of­fer a subtle in­vi­ta­tion to pause awhile; to sit down, look up and take in the beauty of that par­tic­u­lar area in that par­tic­u­lar mo­ment. There is much to dis­cover at Wairua Lodge, as Ernst and Deb­bie have learnt. They hap­pened upon the prop­erty in late 2016 and in­stantly fell in love with it. As hosts, they bring a deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion for na­ture, a tourism back­ground and their own un­der­stand­ing of travel. Re­turn­ing to New Zealand (Deb­bie’s home coun­try) after many years

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