After 25 years of stressful work in managing a businesses in Germany with over 650 staff, Reinhard and Petra Nickel had an "Epiphany" and decided to change their lives. Immigrating to New Zealand was the new future plan.
1994, Reinhard travelled to New Zealand on a "Sabbatical" and took time of six months searching for a new family future. Family - life with Petra & 9 year old daughter "Jennifer" was the main goal.
1995, they started a Bed & Breakfast in the Wentworth Valley and years later they were invited from Tourism New Zealand as Finalist in the New Zealand Tourism Awards 1998, 1999 and 2000.
2001 -2010 Following this success, they developed Bushlands B&B into a Qualmark NZ rated 5 star accommodation place.
2007 they became citizens NZ and are 100% Kiwis now.
2010 the very selective "Association of Luxury Lodges of New Zealand" invited Bushland Park Lodge & Retreat to be their member to represent the Coromandel as part of their group with the 30 best & well known Lodges, like: Treetops Lodge, Kauri Cliffs & Solitaire Lodge, and others in the South Island.
2018/19 Today, Reinhard and Petra are living happily in New Zealand since this quart of century. They recently became grand-parents and would like to move closer to their family for support.
They will miss the interesting lifestyle hosting National & International guests bringing the world in their house.
Guests enjoy the very personal Atmosphere & Ambiance with hosts Reinhard & Petra. Guests feel very exclusive with only one other couple at any time in this bush-park paradise.
International travelling Lodge Hoppers can come with Helicopter to experience New Zealand & the Coromandel in short time schedule.