Within The Bays
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Within The Bays

49 Tarapatiki Drive, Whitianga 3510 New Zealand
stunning views off the deck to Whitianga / Mercury Bay
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#6 of 26 B&Bs in Whitianga
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Within the Bays is a luxury B&B where we welcome you our home: advice on local restaurants, best beaches, great art galleries, etc. While enjoying a glass of wine, beer or something else. Breakfast of your choice every morning. Children are very welcome and we have a lot of toys for them to play with. No pets except guide dogs. We speak English and Nederlands, ein wenig Deutch et un petit peux de Francais.
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Free parking
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Car hire
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Non-smoking hotel
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Bathrobes
Interconnected rooms available
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Electric blanket
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EddyGies wrote a review Mar 2021
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Where to begin, well here you will be greeted by Hans and Annemarie, two amazing hospitable hosts who will make your stay extra special. It's what you would call home away from home with extra attention. Clean very comfortable accommodation with excellent facilities all pristine clean and inworking order, quality. Your hosts will feed you well (much home grown organic) and afford you awesome refreshments. The conversations flow freely and knowledge bountiful. Helpful you bet, trips arranged and booked in advance if you wish, nothing is an issue, every detail catered for. My wife Debbie and I cannot speak more highly of. Hans and Annemarie are your hosts, make your next stay in the Coromandel here, you wont regret it. Within The Bays Whitianga.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Room Tip: the rooms are all perfect
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Response from , Owner at Within The Bays
Responded 5 Mar 2021
Thank you so much for your kind words Eddy and Debbie. We couldn't have wished for nicer guests! After months of hibernation, your stay was the perfect restart. Wishing you all the best, Annemarie and Hans
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Chris wrote a review Jan 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had 2 days at ‘Within The Bays’. The B&B experience that Annemarie and Hans offer is second to none.
Their beautiful house, with its great views, open plan layout and fascinating decor is a wonderful place. The bedroom was spotless, with a dedicated bathroom.
Annemarie and Hans are a really great couple, very friendly, engaging and knowledgeable on many things NZ, both locally and country-wide. Additionally, we really enjoyed hearing about their history, so much of which is bound up in the various items in their house. We had a lot of laughs together!
As others have mentioned, the breakfasts were excellent, and they were adjusted to meet our dietary restrictions. Nothing was too much trouble for the hosts.
Overall, this is a really great B&B experience, offered by a lovely, engaging couple who share their time and house in a very welcoming way.
Thanks guys, and all the best for 2022.
Chris and Tracy.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from , Owner at Within The Bays
Responded 10 Jan 2022
Dear ChrisB_NewZ, Thanks so much for your review, we enjoyed your visit too! It was lovely to celebrate the start of 2022 with you two, all our best wishes! Cheers, Annemarie and Hans
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Helen J wrote a review Jan 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a wonderful stay at Within the Bays. Hans and Annemarie are excellent hosts, providing all the advice, refreshments, and conversation we could wish for. The room was spotless and comfortable, and Annemarie's breakfasts were all we could wish for. The house is beautifully situated overlooking the bay, a short drive into town for dinner. Definitely a highlight of our trip.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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Room Tip: Only one room available (actually two rooms linked by a bathroom), and the room is part of the...
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Response from withinthebays, Owner at Within The Bays
Responded 14 Jan 2020
Thank you very much Helenj! Hans and I really enjoy being able to provide a lot of information and advice about New Zealand. By now we've been almost everywhere which helps us help our guests. Thanks again for your review, kind regards, Annemarie and Hans Apers
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Bill R wrote a review Nov 2014
San Jose, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent 4 days with Annemarie and Hans in early October. The room was excellent and had a great bay view. They welcomed us like members of the family. Their restaurant and sightseeing recommendations were great, our favorite being a visit to the man who crafts knives by hand, not in the guidebooks. There is a second room available and if you are traveling with children, we highly recommend staying here as Hans has built a hobit house and they will love it. For adults, sharing Han's homemade beer was a highlight. And thanks, Annemarie, for the sandfly repellant, in did come in handy later on our trip.
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Date of stay: October 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: only one room to chose from.
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Response from withinthebays, Owner at Within The Bays
Responded 3 Nov 2014
Dear Bill, it is great to read you had such a good time in Whitianga while staying with us. We appreciate your review mentioning the children's Hobbit House and Hans' home made beer:>) Any news about your little woolen traveling companions? We'd love to hear from them too:>) Kind regards, Annemarie and Hans
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Oaks_Anonymous wrote a review May 2013
Albany, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We thorougly enjoyed our three nights stay at Within the Bays. We were looking for a short escape to relax and celebrate our wedding anniversary and we couldn't have chosen a better place.

The place is magnificent and meticulously maintained by the wonderful hosts Annemarie and Hans who did their very best to pamper us and make us feel at home away from home. We arrived as guests and left as friends.

The views are amazing and the service is 5 star. Excellent value for money too. Highly recommended +++
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Date of stay: May 2013
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from withinthebays, Owner at Within The Bays
Responded 16 Jun 2013
Thank you so much! It was wonderful to meet you and we are looking forward to catching up with you again. Now you taught us how to say "cheers" in Armenian, we hope to meet other guests to say "Genatsnit" with over a glass of wine! :>)
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Laurent wrote a review May 2013
Singapore
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent one weekend with Hans and Annemarie in March 2013 and had a wonderful time from start to finish. The location itself is stunning, it must be one of the best views over Whitianga, maybe of the whole Coromandel! Hans and Annemarie have very tastefully built and decorated their home and guest room.
Our hosts were genuinely welcoming and friendly, and always available to provide advice on how to best enjoy the area or make a booking for us, while also being discreet when appropriate. We thoroughly enjoyed the surprise on Saturday night when we returned from dinner and Hans and Annemarie invited us to continue the night conversing and enjoying wine with them!.
The breakfast on Sunday morning was 5 stars, and certainly got us well started to enjoy a morning of sea kayaking to magnificent Cathedral cove.
I would love to go back! Annemarie, Hans, thanks again for this beautiful weekend!
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Date of stay: March 2013
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from withinthebays, Owner at Within The Bays
Responded 1 Jun 2013
Thank you so much for your kind words; Hans and I really appreciate it! Thanks again:>)
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Pauline C wrote a review Apr 2013
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Within The Bays was the third stop on our tour of New Zealand and we were not disappointed with our choice. The house is really beautiful and is in an absolutely stunning location. Hans & Annemarie were the most wonderful and inspiring hosts. They gave us some great recommendations of where to visit and where to eat. It was lovely to sit with them in the evenings and share a glass of wine, or a glass of Hans's homemade beer! Thank you Hans and Annemarie for making our stay at Whitianga so memorable. Particular thanks to Annemarie for teaching me how to do Needle Felting - a revelation. If you visit Whitianga, you should definitely stay at Within The Bays.
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Date of stay: March 2013
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from withinthebays, Owner at Within The Bays
Responded 19 Apr 2013
Thanks so much for your review! It is nice to read that you enjoy your new hobby in needle felting! Easier than learning how to spin :>) Kind regards, Annemarie
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PeterNicholls wrote a review Dec 2012
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Within the Bays in mid-November, 2012. It is two or three kilometres from the main drag at Whitianga beach, perched in the wooded hills overlooking the sea, with a beautiful, harmonious view across the coast and harbour of this popular resort town. There is only one bedroom available, but once you have committed to that, you can also book a connected living room/second bedroom, great for those travelling with a family or friends. The comfortable, large bedroom has a private verandah and a wonderful and very restful view. Being part of a house and household is not what everyone would want, but Annemarie and Hans Apers (emigrants from the Netherlands) are unusually welcoming and talkative and are perfectly sincere in making the whole house, including a large living room/dining room, available to guests. I suspect that a deep enjoyment of conversation with a variety of interesting strangers is the main motivating force behind the building of this home incorporating a purpose-built B&B which was largely their own work. They clearly aim at the upper end of the market, and the room is not cheap. The whole place is wheelchair friendly, even including a short, timbered track into the forest behind, showing off the variety of local tree ferns. The roomy bathroom is well-designed for disabled people, but a number of their guests are honeymoon couples, who apparently do not at all object to this utilitarian adjunct to the main bedroom. Perhaps the possibility of sharing the shower is envisaged as a plus by the younger guests. Other unusual offerings are a toy hobbit's house in the garden, just the right size for a couple of six-year olds, and a small helipad. Hans is the main do-it-your-selfer who loves installing useful little items like electric curtain-closers. Annemarie is the craftswoman who may present you with an unusual gift, and the cook who prepares very enticing breakfasts including pretty well whatever you want, with home-made bread and jams. Hans makes an excellent beer, and was happy to escalate a discussion of New Zealand pinot noir into a wine-tasting. Both are articulate and well-informed. We were charmed by our brief stay, and happy, it turned out later, with the detailed advice they gave us about things to look out for on our way down to Wellington. It is, of course, a no-smoking house, but they kindly allowed me to puff a cigar on the deck.
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Date of stay: November 2012
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from withinthebays, Owner at Within The Bays
Responded 19 Dec 2012
Thank you so much for your detailed review! And yes, you are right, we do enjoy meeting strangers from all over the world and are more than happy to share experiences over a glass of wine with them. Kindest regards, Annemarie and Hans
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Massimo M wrote a review Aug 2012
Moncrivello, Italy
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in Whitianga on New Years' Eve 2012, we had just arrived in New Zealand so we were still a little confused. Annemarie and Hans welcomed us in a warm, friendly familiar atmosphere, and gave us a lot of useful information on the country, which helped us a lot during our 4 weeks' stay. We stayed 2 nights, and Annemarie offered us always a pre-dinner drink with awesome appetizers. On New Years' Eve they waited for us to share a glass of champagne. It was really a lovely couple of days despite the bad weather. The place is very nice and has a stunning view over Whitianga Bay, the room is comfortable (no key on the door... this gives us italians a little shyness but well... we could stand it!) and has an ensuite bathroom and full facilities for disabled, a feature which should always be available.
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Date of stay: December 2011
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from withinthebays, Owner at Within The Bays
Responded 4 Aug 2012
What a lovely review! Thank you so much! As for the fact that your room didn’t have a key: we have found a solution. The door has now been fitted with a privacy latch that doesn’t restrict the opening width. The room will therefore remain fully wheelchair accessible.
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ABQTravelers wrote a review Sept 2018
Albuquerque, NM
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We greatly enjoyed our stay with Hans and Annemarie in August 2018. They welcomed us warmly, and treated us like old friends. We traveled with our 2-year-old daughter who can be quite shy when meeting new people. Hans and Annemarie were quick to serve cookies, milk, and Duplos, and won her over instantly! The entire property is gorgeous, the guest rooms are perfectly appointed, and the most comfortable accommodations of our entire trip. The views of the bay were gorgeous. Hans and Annemarie are very knowledgable and gave great advice regarding local spots to enjoy. And breakfast the morning after our stay was absolutely fantastic---we are still raving to one another about Annemarie's homemade croissants and Hans' homemade golden kiwi jam. Stop searching for a place to stay in Whitianga and book your stay at Within the Bays!
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from withinthebays, Owner at Within The Bays
Responded 25 Sept 2018
Dear ABQ Traveler, Thank you for your comments! It was a delight to have the both of you and your daughter here. Kindest regards, Annemarie and Hans
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EddyGies wrote a tip Mar 2021
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand21 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"the rooms are all perfect"
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Helen J wrote a tip Jan 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Only one room available (actually two rooms linked by a bathroom), and the room is part of the hosts' house."
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MAMMC wrote a tip Dec 2019
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Both rooms are wonderfully equipped and spacious"
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PandaWorcestershire wrote a tip Mar 2018
worcestershire27 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Your booking will be exclusive to you or your small group/family, so you will automatically get the best room !"
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Epic 7 Travel wrote a tip Nov 2017
San Francisco, California6 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The room has a beautiful view. We loved waking up to looking over the Bay"
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Which popular attractions are close to Within The Bays?
Nearby attractions include Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve (4.9 km), The Lost Spring (4.0 km), and Mercury Bay Museum (4.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Within The Bays?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, free parking, and bicycle rental.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Within The Bays?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Conveniently located restaurants include Blue Ginger, Kaizen At Go Vino, and That Curry Place.
Is Within The Bays accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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