Whatever the need for a romantic getaway, Auckland can solve it. Stepping outside the downtown, or even heading out a bit farther, Auckland will entice you with romantic getaway options like the Quail Lodge in Drury. Here, we unwound in relaxed luxury.
With the borders closed, international travel remains off the table. Therefore, exploring New Zealand is a great option.
While we could go far, we can also stay nearby our Auckland base. Rather than the hustle and bustle of the city, we opted for a rural paradise.
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How we define the perfect romantic getaway: Auckland or anywhere
‘Perfect’ holds such a personal definition, and lucky for us, when talking about romantic getaways, Jeff and I define it the same. If your list matches ours, we can almost guarantee you a fabulous getaway at Quail Lodge.
Our perfect New Zealand weekend getaway or midweek escape includes:
- Luxury with attention to every detail.
- A bit of seclusion, something off the beaten path.
- Endless and impressive views, with the option of indoor or outdoor enjoyment.
- Fabulous nights sleep on a luxurious bed enveloped in a warm and comfy duvet.
- Culinary excellence and for me, the added bonus of being able to accommodate food restrictions.
- Friendly hosts who intuitively understand and balance our love for meeting new people, and our desire for time alone.
- Options for all seasons like an outdoor fire pit or a private infinity pool.
- Close to the city with interesting things to do, yet a faraway feel.
Our midweek getaway met all of this and more.
Where is Quail Lodge?
Rural, but close by, Quail Lodge is just a 30-minute drive from the Auckland International airport. Great for a kiwi getaway and once our borders reopen, it’s an ideal spot to relax after a long haul or to spend your final New Zealand night. You can contact them here.
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Expansive views set the mood
Quality time is the key to our romantic getaways. Arriving at the golden hour, we could feel the day’s stress instantly dissolve. Complimentary bubbles in hand, we quickly found ourselves mesmerized by the seemingly endless 180º views that beckoned us out onto our deck.
The spectacular landscape features the nearby Drury Gliding Club, as well as Auckland city in the distance. Vivid greens and crisp colours fill in the detail.
We did get out during the afternoons to explore the South Auckland region.
Late at night, the lights of the city shimmered, keeping our view everchanging and always interesting.
Attention to every detail in our private lodge
With attention paid to every detail, our two-bedroom private lodge unfolded an immaculate elegance that is too often missing these days. We had everything we needed and more. The bedrooms each had their own charm. While one offered a king bed with a bush view attracting birdsong in the mornings, we chose the queen bed with fabulous views.
And that’s not all, floor to ceiling windows throughout, and a huge mirror on the living room wall means that the captivating view is nearly always in our sight. The comfortable couch faces a TV, but we chose to turn off electronics and the internet for the night and just enjoy the blue tooth speaker. Books offered reading options, and our only mistake was forgetting to write in the guest book before we left.
The fully supplied kitchen and modern bathroom completed the magic. As did our gracious hosts, and their adorable dog (who I am sure would have been out of sight had we not invited him into our lives). With only one unit available for guests, we were never short of anything.
Honestly, this two-bedroom accommodation is ideal for two couples or even a group of friends. However, we had it all to ourselves.
Culinary excellence enhanced our ideal romantic getaway in Auckland
Quail Lodge has earned its excellent reputation with meticulous attention to detail and friendly hosts that seem to intuitively know when to join in and when to give us privacy.
We recommend adding dinner to your getaway. We opted to join the hosts at their family table rather than have our meal brought to the unit. A culinary delight, our delicious dinner was perfectly adapted to my food allergies, without lacking any flavour.
Fascinating people, the hosts are dynamic entertainers. The main house shares endless views, with the vivid sunset complimenting our dinner (sorry, dinner was too enjoyable to stop and take sunset photos). The relaxed, friendly conversation felt more like catching up with old friends than dining with new ones. The only thing better than the main course was dessert.
We spent the afternoon tiki touring in east and south Auckland and discovered places close to the city, yet a world apart. Once at the lodge, we were ready to relax. While the option of a dip in the pool or an evening firepit was tempting, for us, being surrounded by the quiet luxury was enough to keep us happy.
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Disclaimer: We were guests of Quail Lodge for the purpose of gathering our own information to aid in the writing of Albom Adventures. However, the opinions expressed here are strictly our own.