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Sydney, Australia
A memorable slice of Northland hospitality
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 Jul 2019
If you are touring Northland, be sure to include one or more nights' stay at Kahoe Farms in your itinerary. Owned and operated by friendly hosts Lyndsey & Stefano, my stay here turned out to be one of the highlights of my trip. Yes, the location is some distance away from buzzing town centres, but there are actually a lot of things to do here, from checking out the farm, hiking the Lane Cove track (only if you're fit enough), to driving along the very scenic Matauri Bay, just to give a few examples. You can also make this a base for visiting Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach.

Although listed as a backpackers, the accommodation is actually a lovely house with only a few rooms (one of them is the dorm), so the feeling is more like a B&B (indeed, the breakfast is great - try the pancakes!). The rooms are very clean and nicely decorated. The kitchen is large and well-equipped enough to cook a feast. In the warmer months, I imagine they get busy so you would need to book ahead.

When the pasta/pizza dinner is on offer, take it - it's arguably the best Italian food you'll likely to get in many miles' radius. He's also a soccer fan and coaches the local team, so if you're into soccer this is a bonus point and you might even see a match if there's one on.
Date of stay: June 2019
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Reviewed 18 February 2019

Beautiful hostel that is more like a 4* hotel! Stefano cooks the best Italian food that you can eat in the beautiful garden with views on the green rolling hills. The hosts offer a lot of interesting information about the area!
Quite far away from villages, but you do get the beautiful country side.

Date of stay: January 2019
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 December 2018 via mobile

This was an incredible stay! Between the divine views and animals and the wonderful hospitality this was truly one of the highlights of the Northland for me.
Lyndsey and Stefano were so kind and welcoming and they have a very clean beautiful place.
I loved the adorable pigs and sheep. My only regret was only staying one night and not longer.
Many blessings to you guys!! Xx

Date of stay: November 2018
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

I loved my stay at this hostel. Lynley is really welcoming and her husband Stefanie makes fabulous Italian pizza, which start at $23. It's a beautiful small hostel, with 3 private rooms and 1 dorm. The hostel is really clean and comfortable, with original features.
Lots to see and do in the area, but you do need a car. If you're lucky to get a clear night, you will see some an amazing night sky.

Date of stay: February 2018
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

We loved our time at this hostel which was possibly our best value stay and most comfortable bed (private room) in our trip around NZ. Well worth planning Kahoe to be on your itinerary. The owners were so friendly and helpful, we arranged a bus trip to the Cape via them which was good value. The food we had cooked for us was delicious (pizza for dinner one night and pancakes for breakfast). Gorgeous homestead house with original wooden interiors were another delight.

Date of stay: November 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 April 2017

We were here for a week in 2011 and came back in 2017 for a few days. Thankfully not a lot has changed. ;-) It still is one of our favourite places in New Zealand. The hosts manage to combine the magic of the past that you feel here with taste and hospitality. The beds are comfy, the big kauri table a great place to hang out, the whole place is super clean and the food is really nice, too. Highly recommendable.

Date of stay: April 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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