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  • Barb G
    Te Puke, New Zealand74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
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    I haven’t come across a better experience for a special occasion. The setting is fantastic with food and service to match.

    The Springs are well laid out and very clean.
    The water temperature varies between pools so something for everyone.
    The restaurant food is top quality and the staff are excellent..
    Written 15 March 2024
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  • CornwallDolly
    Cornwall, UK83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We visited this Winery as the reviews were good. We were not disappointed, what a fantastic and truly unique experience! Danny was informative, amusing, entertaining and knowledgeable. The wine and other alcohol tasting was superb. Would definitely recommend for an authentic kiwi experience.
    Written 9 April 2024
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  • Martin B
    Redding, CA7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We spend a very enjoyable few hours here getting to meet some gentle animals and walk some trails through the bush. The animals seemed healthy and well cared for, although the emu's looked like they could use a bath. We were free to wander the property on which some animals (sheep, ducks, swans, and a couple of kittens) are free to roam and others are in paddocks. All except the pigs will eat from your hand. (The pigs would also, but they might take your finger along with the kibble, so there are warnings not to hand feed them).

    The property has a lot of shade so it was a nice stop on a warm sunny afternoon. It's clearly a labor of love. There's nothing fancy here. It's all hand-made signs and kind of cobbled together. To me, that gives it character and charm. There's a 5 km loop trail out the back. We didn't walk the entire length but the part we walked was through dense bush along a stream and it was a very pleasant walk.

    I'm conflicted about keeping wild animals in zoos, but most of the animals here are domesticated and couldn't survive in the wild. Compared to many of their factory-farmed relatives, these animals have a very nice life.

    I think this would be a great stop for anyone, but particularly good if you're traveling with children (and able to supervise them). There were several families there with you children who were having a great time feeding and looking at the animals. There are some sheep and swans running free that could be intimidating to small children, but they didn't seem aggressive at all.
    Written 4 February 2024
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  • Linley322
    Tauranga, New Zealand53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We went to Mercury Bay Estate for lunch for our 57th wedding anniversary. The view was amazing. The pizza was delicious and I enjoyed the wine tasting
    Written 12 April 2024
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  • Bridget M
    Melbourne, Australia13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We left early to do this as it was a hot sunny day. We caught the ferry from Whitianga and then you have a choice of following the road to Flaxmill Bay, or taking the track over the hills. We did the track on the way there and the road on the way back. The hike is stunning - beautiful bush, but lots of up and down and steps. The track isn’t well signposted. If in doubt, chose the path that goes up! The path is not a smooth even track, so be prepared! We loved it - wonderful views along the way. At Flaxmill Bay we had a coffee at the cafe and then did the loop track around Shakespeare Cliff. This was well signposted. We didn’t go down to Lonely Bay (too hot, too many steps) but it would be beautiful to visit.
    We headed back to the Ferry Landing via the lovely old cemetery to get the ferry back to Whitianga.
    All up we took about 3 hrs with many photo stops, and didn’t rush. You can also visit Cooks Beach if you have enough time. We even saw a of of dolphins out to see from the cliff lookout point!
    This was a wonderful morning hike but it’s worth taking a map.
    Written 1 February 2024
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  • Mr Brown
    Bingley, UK83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a great local museum and highly recommended if you are in the area. Some great exhibs on Cpt. Cook and the local history. Really enjoyed the wildlife area too.
    Written 11 April 2024
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  • Kerry G
    Wellington, New Zealand40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing selection of beautiful birds, there were a lot of them and they were all stunning. The farm park part was fun too as were the swings, peacocks and pigs.
    A lovely place to visit, I would definitely go again.
    Written 29 April 2023
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  • charlotte w
    29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful isolated beach - feels like paradise or a forgotten world especially if you walk all the way across the cove away from anyone else. The 30-40 minute walk from the car park to the beach is very manageable but you do have to be comfortable scrambling over rocks so take your time or bring a hiking pole. There are no facilities there it’s part of the charm so bring all your food and water. You have to come around low tide or you won’t be able to cross the river. The main beach nearby is also lovely for a swim if you get hot walking back. Spend a few hours away from everything here wonderfully relaxing
    Written 1 April 2024
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  • Traveler34846105057
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The staff here are awesome - friendly, helpful and fun. Sheryl, found us accommodation for our budget in town which was awesome. In fact I think it might end up being for an extra night than initially planned. Please support this wonderful iSite
    Written 6 March 2024
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  • GDH1903
    Cambridge, New Zealand57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We visited here on the way back from Whitianga, I was expecting to pass an hour doing some simple kids activities.

    Never in a million years was I expecting the Football Golf to be in such an amazing surrounding, the Lazer Tag to be such awesome tech and user friendly.

    The kids also had a crack at target shooting which was really well done, very safe and exciting for them.

    The biggest supprise of all was how inexpensive it was. We were there for for almost 3 hours of action packed fun all for $35 a head for the kids.

    Could not recommend this place high enough, kids or adults will have a ball.
    Written 12 February 2024
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  • Dave
    Sheffield, UK48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Beach sandwiched between cliffs and backed by steep forest. You can park a car at the top of the track that leads down to it but if you're feeling fit, it's walkable from the ferry over the other side of Shakespeare cliff lookout, good for views of where you're headed!
    Some shaded places to sit and chill and a great swim but was a bit rough getting in when we went.
    There's no loos and the nearest cafe is back in Maramaratotara Bay..The Eggsentric Cafe'
    Written 10 March 2024
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  • Hans750
    The Hague, The Netherlands1,175 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Those are the walks we really like and why we came to NZ for. Take your time and enjoy the environment. What you see by your self is not what you may show on pictures. Go for it.
    Written 18 March 2020
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