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140 Lawson Drive, Tutukaka 0173 New Zealand
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RoamingGirlxx wrote a review Jun 2021
Worldwide54 contributions19 helpful votes
I'm reluctant to leave a bad review as I think the intention is good from the owners, and without doubt the views are spectacular and to be able to watch both moon sets and sun rises was fantastic, and I feel with more effort this place could be magical.... however..... Firstly, when I book "a chalet with private bathroom", while not expecting a lot for $64 m, I don't expect to have to shovel my own excrement into a hole and bury it. I have read and read again the description on Booking.com and nowhere does it say that the shower (which is actually communal) and toilet (which is little more than a bucket in a shed) are outside, and I really think this needs to be made clear. The "hut" was cosy, had an electric blanket and a jug, along with a massive ant family and the previous inhabitants belongings in the drawer. The ceiling light, one lamp and insect lamp were not working. The communal kitchen was grubby and not really inviting us to prepare food in there, and after braving the cold and shivering to the outside shower in a dressing gown, we discovered there was not a drop of hot water. We have spent years freedom camping, doc camping and doing the most basic of accommodation so are well used to roughing it but really this (particularly the toilet) was a bit extreme, especially when it is not properly explained in the advertisement. Sadly I feel I could not recommend to anyone.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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David S wrote a review Mar 2020
Newhaven, United Kingdom105 contributions46 helpful votes
We loved it. The most stunning view from the bedroom and loved the outdoor shower and the al fresco breakfast area ( note bring your own). This is a fabulous place to visit with great walking. It is a most unusual B&b and lovely surroundings
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Luluzz wrote a review Mar 2020
Auckland Region, New Zealand81 contributions112 helpful votes
We stayed here for two nights over a long weekend. We booked and paid for three but only stayed two nights because one of us couldn't take it anymore. Firstly the positives: The view was second to none. The staff/owners we encountered were very friendly. The place had a basic homemade creative vibe to it which was quaint, arty and optimistic. The bed was very comfortable. Now the things that weren't quite as good: Locks We can't speak for the other huts but our hut had no external lock. It appeared the locks had been removed as there were circular holes were locks appeared to have been, with plastic over them, so there is no key, just an empty key ring. This was a concern because if you can't lock the door when you leave then other guests etc on the property could get in and take your things or rummage around when you're not there. The lovely girl we spoke to about it reassured us by saying we can lock it from the inside, but that doesn't help if you go out. We had to take all valuables with us and keep them in our car. There is no safe. Sink There is no draining sink. For dish washing water you are instructed to tip out the dirty water over the edge of the kitchen into the bush (as an aside the kitchen doesn't have walls or windows so there is no way to keep the ants or other insects off plates, cooking surfaces, etc. At one stage we saw a lot of ants crawling all over the barbeque grill). For washing your hands after the bathroom at your hut we could use the old cake soap provided which was outside on a plate and smooshed and destroyed after being used multiple times by previous guests (there was a big dead cockroach or cricket on the soap plate in the soap). There is a proper tap in the kitchen but the sink just doesn't drain anywhere. However for the toilet near our hut there was no sink at all, just a glass refillable container with a small tap on it. The water that comes out of there and that you're washing your hands, rinsing your toothbrush with etc. just hits the deck in front of you and splashes up on your feet and legs. Toothbrushing There is nowhere to brush your teeth. In addition to the rinsing difficulties mentioned above, there is nowhere to spit. It seems other people staying in our hut also had this issue because there appears to be dried toothpaste spit dotted on the tree leaves directly in line with mouth level in front of deck where the outside tap is (i.e. where you rinse your toothbrush). Toilet This toilet made us yearn for a portaloo. We were expecting a "dry toilet" as promised but as that is an extremely broad category we at least expected something like a pit latrine or self-composting toilet. This is not that. It is a toilet seat with a litter tray under it (and a little layer of bark in the tray). Our fault for not asking for photos of the toilet and for assuming we wouldn't be asked to look at our business for 2-3 days or face scraping it out of the tray ourselves and putting it somewhere else (we were provided with a shovel for this purpose). It also has no working light (solar lights in there don't work) and nowhere to put your phone so you can use your torch. If you shut it during the day it's totally black in there so that applies to day and night. You are told to put your used toilet paper into the little bin next to the toilet. We got in the habit of getting in the car and driving off in search of a portaloo or public toilet as they are a thousand times more hygienic. On our last day there the driveway was blocked so the owners let one of us use their toilet in their house. They kindly said they would empty our litter tray that day after we reminded them what room we were in. Cleanliness Aside from the numerous cobwebs and dust in our hut, the hut had a pair of men's underwear in the top drawer, and a large empty chip bag behind the drawers when we arrived. This of course was unsettling as it indicated that the hut had not been cleaned - these items are both large and were very visible, we found them immediately. There was no toilet paper when we arrived, we had to ask for it. There are three containers provided for your rubbish in your small room but none have lids. Shower Only one of us used the shower. It was very good pressure and temperature but as it is run on rainwater they ask you limit the shower time to 3 minutes. The shower has a window about chest height so as a woman you might need to wear a bikini top while showering. There is nowhere private or safe near the shower to leave your things or get changed. Nice to see there are nice products left in the shower to use. Overall whilst this was one of the cheapest options in the area we certainly felt as though if we had known the above before we went then we wouldn't have stayed there. The dirty hut on our arrival was really disappointing and the particular type of dry toilet this was, along with the teeth brushing situation and the hand washing situation was unexpected and incredibly unhygienic, such that we found it intolerable and cut our stay short. We were so worn down and disappointed by the stay there and the issues we experienced here (and we had been really wanting a relaxing and happy stay) that we just didn't feel up to asking for a refund or raising our frustrations while we were there.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Pwncjn1 wrote a review Feb 2020
Cambridge, United Kingdom212 contributions104 helpful votes
Wonderful location, stunning views, glamping site with outdoor kitchen area, great outdoor hot shower. Wonderful hosts explained all the facilities a great alternative location not luxurious but it is camping with plenty of facilities.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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US$33 - US$51 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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New ZealandNorth IslandNorthland RegionTutukaka
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ocean Purring Views
Which popular attractions are close to Ocean Purring Views?
Nearby attractions include Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve (3.1 km) and Tutukaka Headland (2.8 km).
What are some restaurants close to Ocean Purring Views?
Conveniently located restaurants include Schnappa Rock, Wahi Restaurant, and Salt Air Cafe.