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).
Stayed at the shearers cottage. Recommend the shearers cottage for families and the magic cottage for couples, getaways for 2 and anniversaries. Close to the river so it had a great place to kayak. So amazing you won't want to leave.
Magic cottages is a truly wonderful place which absolutely lives up to all those things that other people have mentioned in their reviews. We had a lovely relaxing stay on the beautiful property nestled in the hills and running down to the Takou river. We enjoyed walking along the farm tracks and canoeing down the river to the beach for a long walk and some bird photography. Anna booked a top quality, inhouse massage for us both. We had one daytrip to dive the Rainbow warrior which is sunk off the Cavalli Islands. This trip started at Paihia which is right next to Waitangi treaty ground. The cottage itself was well set up with lots of thoughtful touches. Anna and Ian run them in an environmentally friendly way but still allowing comfy beds with crisp linen, nice hot showers and lots of power points to charge our gadgets. Anna and Ian were generous hosts, showing us what we needed to know but were not intrusive on our privacy.…