Book a stay at Trinity Wharf for stunning harbor views. Photo / Provided
Owned by a local Tauranga family and built on three quays that stretch above the waters edge, Trinity Wharf is a place that shines, writes Sarah Pollok.
First impressions: After a busy day of driving and traveling and a busy evening ahead, a smooth check-in was greatly appreciated. On-site parking is plentiful, reception staff are friendly and efficient, and rooms are easy to find. At 2 p.m. on a Friday, the bar and restaurant off the lobby were understandably empty, but by 5 p.m. it was quietly buzzing with people having drinks after work.
It wasn’t until the next morning that we fully appreciated the location of the hotel. With a room that faced east over the harbor and a restaurant facing north, we were gently awakened by the sun as it turned the glassy ocean into all sorts of pinks, golds and blues. Quickly dressed, we grabbed a restaurant table overlooking the water and continued to enjoy the perfect scene with coffee and breakfast.
Perfect for: Those who love a sunrise by the water, a morning swim or a view of the harbor.
Bedroom: Given its waterfront location, we were delighted to stay in one of the “harbour rooms” which had a large sliding door and a patio over the water.
We were greeted with a plush double bed, bottled water and delicious bespoke iced ginger cookies and the latest copy of local lifestyle magazine Uno.
Bathroom: Spacious enough to feel a bit luxurious, with a shower, tub, and two standard-size sinks.
Facilities: The hotel has gym facilities, a spacious lounge, and conference rooms, but it’s the outdoor infinity pool that you’ll see on visitors’ Instagram feeds. Best enjoyed just after sunrise when it reflects the soft pink sky. The temperature can be chilly in the morning, but it’s worth the gram, right?
Food and drink: We had the continental breakfast ($26) both mornings which was basic but satisfying. Coffee came from large stainless steel percolators (barista coffee can be purchased), along with regular milk, tea and assorted juices. Cereals were twisted from large dispensers and paired with pots of yogurt, fruit and pastries, while eggs, bacon and other ready meals hid under silver dishes next to a toaster. conveyor belt bread. The highlight, however, is the waterfront view, which is best enjoyed early in the morning before it gets busy.
In the vicinity: The hotel is perfectly located for exploring Tauranga and is only two minutes from the restaurants, cafes, shops and art gallery of the main street. A few more minutes will get you to the weekend farmer’s market. Mount Maunganui is about a 10-15 minute drive depending on traffic.
Accessibility: Trinity Wharf has six wheelchair accessible rooms, as well as disabled parking and a lift to all accommodation floors. The hotel’s restaurant and reception rooms are also wheelchair accessible.
Price: The Harbor King Room is $260-$320 per night.
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