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Tikana in the Media

   

November / December 2010

"...it's lovely down here," Lois says.
That sentiment is shared by visitors signing the guest book at The Lodge at Tikana, Southland's only luxury accommodation. The private straw-bale cottage is surrounded by silence and velveteen fields. On a good day Stewart Island can be seen from the top of the farm, a reminder that just beyond this southern land lie the roaring 40's, all big seas, windswept sub-Antarctic islands and shipwrecks.

The light here is clean, the shadows on distant ranges are navy blue and the only sound is an accasional shuffle from a curious deer by a window. Deer-farming couple Dave Lawrence and Donna Day built their lavish retreat in 2003 and Donna says she delights in local produce with her personalized menus, often incorporating farm lamb, venison and the fresh trout caught by guests from nearby rivers.

 

 
Life-&-Leisure-Dec-10

December 2008 - Travel + Leisure Australia

This edition identifies Southland, New Zealand in their top 20 emerging destinations globally.
“Unlike the rest of New Zealand, the southern portion of the Southland region is bereft of true luxury accommodation, except, that is, for the strawbale-designed, ultra-private Tikana Lodge. It’s located on a farm surrounded by verdant, undulating paddocks populated by grazing deer. Owners Donna-Maree Day and Dave Lawrence are exceptional hosts…..”

Travel & Leisure Australia

September 2008 - Getaway Travel Programee (Australia)

Tikana was featured in the Australian television programme 'Getaway'. In this episode, New Zealand was announded the winner of 'Country of the Year'. Click here to download the video clip.

   

January 2008 issue of Avenues

"Southern Style"
by Adrienne Rewi

Tikana Lodge offers a dynamic setting, a range of nearby activities, gorgeous fare and a rich history.
Call me picky if you wish, but I've never pictured Southland as a pudding bowl of luxury. A fisherman's paradise? Yes. A farmer's heaven? Certainly. An oyster lover's dream? Without doubt. But home to one of the loveliest exclusive accommodation providers in the country? Not likely!

That was before I discovered the Lodge at Tikana - a splendid, peaceful retreat nestled among fertile southern hills; a place to hide, to contemplate, to luxuriate, to indulge. A small, compact haven tucked into a greener-than-green basin surrounded by a relaxed, rolling landscape that sets city pressures firmly to one side.

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Avenues magazine

November/December 2007 issue of Brides Great Escapes

"Rural Retreat"

"The Lodge at Tikana has a claim to be South Island's most romantic hide away.

You get this house of straw (literally, it's built using environmentally friendly straw-bale construction) to yourselves, enjoy personalised menus and a personal spa therapist, and at night can snuggle up by the wood-burning fire, or in the twin bath. Book through Kiwi Collection."

November 2007 - Kia Ora (Air NZ inflight Magazine)

"Tucked into a fertile farming basin and surrounded by rolling gren hills, the Lodge at Tikana is everything you could hope for in a luxury hideaway."

Air NZ inflight magazine

May 2007 - Sydney Morning Herald

In May 2007, Bruce Elder, journalist from the Sydney Morning Herald stayed at Tikana. Click here to read his blog on the Sydney Morning Herald website.

 

Tatler Travel Guide—2007

“Head inland and you come to Turqoise’s jewel in the Southland Crown, The Lodge at Tikana. As far off the New Zealand tourist trail as possible, it can’t be beaten for location. It is situated on a working deer stud, but far from mucking out, guests are treated to unique country luxury.”

House & Garden (UK) - October 2006

“Owned and run by Dave and Donna, Tikana lives up to its name an is one of the most astutely thought-out properties in the business. This is a ‘hosted’ lodge, and much of its strength lies in the food. The small kitchen brims with local delicacies and every day, Dave and Donna discuss meal options. They can concoct anything, from Bluff oysters to venison, ostrich and Southland prime lamb and beef. Tasting the local delicacies is part of the experience, including the miniature cellar built into the wall.”

Autumn 2005- Judith Chalmers

In the Autumn of 2005 we were privileged to host Judith Chalmers and her husband Neil Durden-Smith at Tikana.
Judith Chalmers O.B.E., an icon in the world of broadcasting, is best known for the 30yrs she spent presenting the travel classic "Wish You Were Here".

She was honoured by The British Travel Awards 2002 for her outstanding contribution to travel and tourism and in 2003 The British Guild of Travel Writers presented her with their LifeTime Achievement Award.

"We have driven hundreds of miles through New Zealand and great as they were - it was worth every moment of that to get to you at Tikana Dave and Donna. What a truely wonderful place to stay - the food, the views, especially from my lavender oil bath this morning!! Seriously we could not have enjoyed it more. Thank you so much." Judith Chalmers

Lino—November 2005 issue

Tikana features in Lino with a three-page article on the lodge. The last paragraph of the article:
“Of international standing, it is a true gem in Southland’s crown and a unique experience of total indulgence hosted by two amazing people whose hospitality is second to none. Do yourself a favour - get there!”

Lucire—September 2005 issue
Tikana features in the article: “Slip into something sexy: Southland”:
“Next, Dave and Donna welcomed us at The Lodge at Tikana, a luxury retreat that will make you feel instantly at home, but with all the indulgence of five star accommodation, including your very own wine cellar. For the ultimate romantic getaway, imagine relaxing in the sunken bath with views of a southern landscape, snuggling up in front of the open fire with a sumptuous three-course menu of the freshest local cuisine, an then retiring to a king-size bed complete with luxurious fur throw.

 

Off Beat Travel

On line article by Fyllis Hockman, a Washington, D.C.-based freelance travel writer. She writes regularly for The Washington Times, is syndicated by the Copley News Service, and is a feature columnist for several online travel magazines. Fyllis stayed at Tikana with her husband. Click here to read the article..

Luxury Travel - Spring 2003

Tikana features in the Spring 2003 issue of the Australian magazine “Luxury Travel”:
“The name Tikana means ‘style’ in the Maori language, and it’s a fitting testament to this attractive lodge, nestled amid the fertile hills of Winton, south of Queenstown. A private home-away-from-home with five star guest facilities.”

 

 

 


 

 

The Lodge at Tikana - 374 Livingstone Road - Browns - RD 1 Winton - Southland - N Z - Phone/fax: +64 3 2364117 Email: info@tikana.co.nz

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