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“Incredibly warm, interesting, wonderful hosts in the most beautiful location”
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Within The Bays
Ranked #9 of 42 Whitianga B&B and Inns
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Vancouver, Washington
2 reviews
“Incredibly warm, interesting, wonderful hosts in the most beautiful location”
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Our family (including our 16 year old teenage daughter) stayed at Within the Bays in December, 2016 for two nights. Of all of the accommodations we stayed at in New Zealand, this was by far our favorite and most memorable. The owners, Hans and Annemarie are fascinating, very personable, fun folks that went out of their way to make us feel completely comfortable and welcome. Hans shared his homemade beer and jams and Annemarie shared her incredible talents on the spinning wheel. Annemarie is an outstanding cook and made the most delicious breakfasts for us (homemade breads - yum!). We felt so fortunate to have found this place and will definitely stay at Within the Bays when we return to New Zealand.

  • Stayed December 2016, travelled with family
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withinthebays, Owner at Within The Bays, responded to this review, 7 January 2017
Dear subiburton, Thank you so much for this very nice review! It was fun to have you with us and we are looking forward to a photo of the needle felting work that your daughter learned to do here. And of course you are more than welcome to stay with us again when you return to New Zealand. Kind regards, Annemarie and Hans
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Reviewed 27 December 2016

The view is more beautiful than the picture and Annemarie and Hans were the perfect hosts. They shared their home, wine, homemade beer and knowledge of Whitianga and New Zealand with us. Since this was our first trip to New Zealand, we appreciated their recommendations for restaurants and activities which were perfect. They recommended Lost Springs Spa and called for an appointment for us. It was one of the highlights of our trip. Their breakfast was wonderful. We choose freshly baked croissants and homemade preserves with fruit from the menu. It's a specialty of the house and the food was excellent. The room was very clean and supplied with all the travel necessities and extras you would find in an expensive hotel. Bed was comfortable and location was quiet. We were treated like guests but felt like family when we left. Wonderful experience!

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  • Stayed December 2016, travelled as a couple
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withinthebays, Owner at Within The Bays, responded to this review, 31 December 2016
Dear James S, Thank you so much for this lovely review! It was our pleasure to host you two! Kindest regards, Annemarie and Hans
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Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

From the moment we were greeted on the drive when we arrived, it was clear that Within The Bays was somewhere special. Annemarie and Hans were superb hosts, friendly, attentive and helpful. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to chat with them over a glass of wine, Hans's excellent home-brewed beer and Annemarie's canapés. We learnt a lot about life on New Zealand as well as getting some good advice about attractions and restaurants. The breakfasts were magnificent; Hans's home made jams a highlight, but not to forget the muesli which was very special and excellent eggs-over-easy. The accommodation was clean and very comfortable. The views were stunning.
It is impossible to recommend Within The Bays too highly. If there's a better B&B anywhere, I'd be very surprised.

Stayed October 2016, travelled as a couple
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withinthebays, Owner at Within The Bays, responded to this review, 31 October 2016
Dear Bighead, it was our pleasure to have you as our guests! Thank you so much for this review; very kind of you! It is nice to know that you liked our advice regarding restaurants and things to do. We hope you have a wonderful holiday in New Zealand with lots of great B&Bs and pleasant weather! Kindest regards, Annemarie and Hans
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Reviewed 13 July 2016

I had an extremely pleasant stay at Within The Bays and would gladly recommend here to everyone. The B&B is wonderfully turned out, views magnificent and breakfast delicious. I also appreciated the vast trove of local info about what to do and where to dine, as well as detailed travel directions both getting there and getting to my next destination. A really great place to spend some days enjoying the magnificence of the Coromandel Peninsula

  • Stayed July 2016, travelled solo
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withinthebays, Owner at Within The Bays, responded to this review, 16 July 2016
Thanks you so much for this review Rainer! As you wrote: it is great to have few days in the Coromandel to enjoy everything it has to offer. We are truly lucky to live in such a great place and are happy to share it with our guests. Kind regards, Annemarie
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Reviewed 15 May 2016 via mobile

We stayed at Within The Bays for 3 nights and it was an amazing experience...esp. because Annemarie & Hans are such lovely people and go the extra mile for their guests (sharing a glass of wine and stories, recommending restaurants and tours and even booking them for you, etc.). During our stay we felt more like family than guests and the room/house is great and super clean. We had a baby travelling with us and it was really easy, because Annemarie & Hans provided a cot and didn't mind her crying at night. The breakfast with homemade jams and yummy croissants was a treat every morning and the perfect start to explore beautiful Whitianga. I would highly recommend Within The Bays to all my family and friends and I hope to be back some day. Thanks Annemarie & Hans for a relaxing 4 days with you, G., C. & E.

Stayed May 2016, travelled with family
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withinthebays, Owner at Within The Bays, responded to this review, 18 May 2016
Dear Connie, It was our pleasure to look after you, your mum and beautiful 5 week old baby daughter! She gave us the chance to try "The Calming Hold" on a crying baby. So amazing that works! A big Thank You to Dr. Robert Hamilton who discovered it! We hope to meet you all again next time you visit New Zealand. Kind regards, Annemarie and Hans
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Property: Within The Bays
Address: 49 Tarapatiki Drive, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Coromandel Peninsula > Whitianga
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 42 B&Bs / Inns in Whitianga
Price range (per night): $266 - $393
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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