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“What a gem!”
Review of Kamahi Cottage

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Kamahi Cottage
Ranked #1 of 4 Otorohanga B&B and Inns
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“What a gem!”
Reviewed 26 March 2015

We stayed two nights at Kamahi Cottage- we were coming from a big hotel in Sydney so it was great to have our own little house in the country- the cottage is comfortable, pretty,well equipped and cozy- surrounded by beautiful gardens and a lovely lemon tree right outside our door. Our host Liz provided dinner our first night, since would be driving and arriving after eight- we had an absolutely delicious home cooked gourmet dinner- tomato soup, polenta, local NZ lamb which was great, nice veggies and chocolate cake. Breakfasts were outstanding as well, and the surrounding trails are spectacular for hikes. Liz and her husband were terrific about suggesting places to visit and things to do, and it was so nice to come back to our cozy cabin. Liz made reservations for us at a great restaurant,and suggested we visit a local sheep farm called Hairy Feet where some of the Hobbit movie was filmed- both the restaurant and the farm were highlights of our trip that we would not have known about ourselves. Can't recommend Kamahi highly enough, and hope to get back there in a few years.

Room Tip: one bedroom upstairs, lovely view and super comfy bed
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  • Stayed March 2015, travelled as a couple
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Elisabeth C, Manager at Kamahi Cottage, responded to this review, 29 March 2015
So glad you enjoyed being with us, plus the local attractions. With any luck that sweater you left behind should reach you soon. Looking forward to seeing you again sometime!
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Reviewed 21 March 2015

Wonderful experience, beautiful scenery and the hosts are fantastic and nice people. Breakfast was delicious and such a wide spread :)

Excellent location to nearby waitomo caves and hosts even offers discount for nearby activities.

  • Stayed March 2015, travelled with friends
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Elisabeth C, Owner at Kamahi Cottage, responded to this review, 22 March 2015
So glad you enjoyed your stay and the Waitomo area. Thank you!
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Reviewed 20 March 2015

My son and I took a long adventure trip to celebrate his graduation and spend some time together before he moved away to start his career. Amidst what was probably the best vacation of my life, Kamahi Cottage stood out as a truly memorable experience. We stayed overnight as we went from rappelling and caving in Waitomo to backpacking the Tongariro Northern Circuit.

The cottage itself was a jewel nestled among beautiful surroundings. The attention to detail in the furnishings and fixtures was apparent. The friendliness and hospitality of the Cowan family made for a memorable stay. We enjoyed wandering the Cowan's property enjoying the impressive plantings and landscaping. Mr. Cowan took us for a tour of their property and we had the opportunity to watch sheep being sheared. Mrs. Cowan cooked us a delicious breakfast and both Cowans were friendly and engaging and we enjoyed discussing and learning about life in New Zealand.

Mrs. Cowan directed us to the Thirsty Weta in Otorohanga where we enjoyed a pleasant dinner.

I would hope to be able to stay at Kamahi Cottage on any return to the North Island.

  • Stayed January 2015, travelled with family
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Elisabeth C, Owner at Kamahi Cottage, responded to this review, 22 March 2015
It was a pleasure to show you around. Thanks so much for your kind feedback
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 17 March 2015

We had a lovely stay at the Kamahi Cottage!! We spent one night there at the end of our honeymoon and it was the most relaxing wonderful evening. Liz and Evan have created a romantic private escape - much needed after adventure filled travel. Liz is a remarkable cook and the dinner she prepared was the best we had on our entire trip! I have several dietary restrictions and she was able to work around everything. we wish we could have stayed longer but it was the perfect end to a trip and allowed us to recharge before traveling home. A stop at the a Cottage was one of the highlights of our trip!!!

We visited the Cottage after seeing the Hobbiton and the next day drove to the black waters rafting company for cave exploring - this was a perfect stop in between.

  • Stayed March 2015, travelled as a couple
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Elisabeth C, Owner at Kamahi Cottage, responded to this review, 19 March 2015
It was wonderful to host you both after your adventure-filled holiday. I hope the recipes work out for you..have fun!
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Reviewed 7 March 2015

We stayed two nights in Kamahi Cottage. It is well maintained, and very romantic. The farm setting is beautiful, but the best part is the garden around the main (hosts) house. It is the most stunning private garden we have seen, and we enjoyed both breakfast and dinner amongst flowers, birds and the sweet smell of summer. The hosts are warm, professional and friendly. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed January 2015, travelled as a couple
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Elisabeth C, Owner at Kamahi Cottage, responded to this review, 9 March 2015
Thank you! So glad you enjoyed our little piece of NZ paradise...the rain on the garden in the last few days has been a welcome relief!
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Property: Kamahi Cottage
Address: 229 Barber Road, Rewarewa RD 5, Otorohanga 3975, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Otorohanga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Otorohanga
Price range (per night): $400 - $536
Hotel Class:5 star — Kamahi Cottage 5*
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kamahi Cottage is a 5-Star country cottage, self-contained B&B and farm stay. It's just 30 minutes from the Waitomo glowworm caves, Black Water Rafting and "Lost World" adventures. The cottage is peaceful, private and romantic - set in a beautiful country garden with panoramic hilltop views. There is an upstairs queen bedroom, spacious downstairs bathroom, fully equipped kitchenette, plus stylish lounge and dining area. A comfortable queen sofa-sleeper is also available downstairs. (Max. 4 guests, children are very welcome). Rates include full gourmet breakfasts. Privately catered 2 & 3-course dinners are available by prior arrangement. ... more   less 

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