This is a unique place with amazing views, making you feel you are miles away from the world and yet you are 15mn away from Kerikeri. The chalet is beautiful with an amazing deck overlooking the river. We recommend taking the kayaks to the beach😀
This place is absolutely stunning. We stayed for a few nights at the Glamping site and were blown away with all the amenities. We had our own jetty, canoe, fishing rods/gear and life jackets. The outdoor bath was amazing and I spent a lot of my time in there reading, gazing at the stars and just relaxing. The Glamping site was by far the most secluded of all the other sites so we were very happy that we came across no other guests at all. From previous reviews I can understand why you’d see other guests at all the other sites upon exploration of them. The bed tent was phenomenal, it had a bed with a mosquito net which was huge and very comfy, couch, bean bags, table and chairs, chest of drawers and a clothes rack. There was so much space and all you needed to take there is food and your clothes. The kitchen/bathroom shack was also very good and the deck had a bbq out on it that we actually cooked on a lot. The grounds were beautiful and we spent a few hours exploring them. We canoed down to Takou Bay on one of our days and it was pretty magical as Takou Bay has no public access. For us the only thing we could fault was the driveway, it is absolutely ridiculous if you have a low car, my partner joked that he grated the gravel for them the whole way! For us the cost was ok but you can definitely have this experience for cheaper as there are similar Glamping experiences to this in the north. …
We had the clamping experience. It was wet on arrival but that did not dampen our moods. I was not 100% sure what to expect and thought we might be sharing the cooking faculty or a site with someone else close by but was pleasantly surprised to find we had the location to ourselves. I enjoyed not having access to mobile coverage. This was perfect for recharging ourselves after the Xmas/New Year rush. We stayed only two nights. I would recommend a minimum of 3 as we did not cover off everything we would have liked to have done because it was so beautiful and just wanted to relax and take it all in. Perfect for a couple wanting to find each other again and experience nature at its best away from the daily grind some of us have.
We stayed 5 nights in the Lodge. It was clean, comfortable, and spacious. The views of the gardens and river were so lovely. The kids and I fought over who got to use the jet tub in the master bath, and it was great to have a full kitchen and two bathrooms. Although there were other guests in nearby cottages, we had plenty of privacy. Anna arranged pony rides for the kids and I had a wonderful massage and pedicure on site. We all enjoyed kayaking on the river and our night hike to see the glow worms. We were easily able to drive into Kerikeri (about 25 minutes) and we also took day trips to Bay of Islands and to Cape Reinga. We were all sad to leave and would love to stay here again. It was the perfect Northland holiday! Thank you so much, Anna, Ian, and family!
We were simply blessed to be able to stay two nights in the Magic Cottage, right overlooking the banks of the gorgeous Takou River. The setting was so utterly serene with a beautiful room, complete with a claw foot bath tub on the deck and a bay window looking out on the river as it meanders by. We availed ourselves of the kayaks in the adjacent boatshed to explore the river and the abundant birdlife. It felt a million miles from anywhere even though we were only twenty minutes out of Kerikeri. We wandered the track around the property and checked out some of the other accommodation on site, which offer something for everyone from romantic getaways, mindful retreats and families getting time away together. There is no cell coverage at all and only limited wifi (email only).