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new plymouth
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209 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

Lovely old house. Very warm quaint . Excellent breakfast too, hosts very good helpful friendly . Much better value than an hotel but it is a little walk to town, so if not happy to walk/taxi/drive maybe not but otherwise highly recommended. Will use again certainly. Good for families as can book several rooms

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Thank chitake
StephenClark, Owner at Highbrae Guesthouse, responded to this review

Thank you Chitake for your kind and thoughtful review. We were privileged to have you stay with us, and look forward to meeting you again soon. More 

Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviewed 28 May 2016

We booked a room with shared bathroom but Steven offered us a low cost upgrade to the suite at the back of the property which was virtually a self-contained apartment complete with full kitchen and laundry for a small extra cost. Being a former tourist coach driver he knew all the best places to go and had heaps of information... More 

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Thank Helen and Rob C
StephenClark, Owner at Highbrae Guesthouse, responded to this review

Thank you Helen and Rob for your kind review. It was a real pleasure to have you both with us at Highbrae. We really enjoyed hosting you and hope that you will pass this way again in your future travels. More 

Denver, Colorado
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15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2016

Although I felt like I was in San Francisco as High Street is like Taylor Street in San Fran, we walked into such a warm welcome from Stephen the proprietor. He is friendly, so helpful and knows much about the area. He went out of his way to accommodate us.My husband had made a mistake in the booking and it... More 

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StephenClark, Owner at Highbrae Guesthouse, responded to this review

Thank you Lisa for the lovey review. It was our privilege to have you and your husband stay with us at Highbrae. I trust you enjoyed the remainder of you vacation equally well. More 

Sydney, Australia
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17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2015 via mobile

Positives: the hosts were extremely friendly and helpful. The rooms were clean and comfortable and the place had old world charm Negatives: the front room facing the road was noisy and the curtains were too thin, letting a lot of light in which woke us up early

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Thank LisJ101
StephenClark, Owner at Highbrae Guesthouse, responded to this review

Thank you for posting an honest review of Highbrae Guesthouse. We note your comments about the front room being closer the street, which is not something we can do much about. We are however looking at darker curtains for the east facing window to subdue that early morning light. On the positive side you got to enjoy a lovely sunny... More 

Sydney
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64 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2015 via mobile

Highbrae Guesthouse sits high on a hill with commanding views of Dunedin. On arrival, we were warmly greeted by Stephen, and shown to our spacious, and elegant Victorian room . The bed was so comfy and being a chilly evening, the electric blanket was a bonus. Stephen is a wealth of local knowledge and history, and went out of his... More 

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StephenClark, Owner at Highbrae Guesthouse, responded to this review

Thank you for your nice review. It is always a pleasure to entertain lovely guests like you and we only wish that your stay could have been longer. I hope the rest of your holiday was great! More 

Timaru, New Zealand
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2015

We recently enjoyed a wonderful two night stay at Highbrae Guest House, Dunedin. Highbrae is the most beautiful old Victorian two storied house, nestled high up on a hill overlooking the city. We had the most amazing views from our room all over Dunedin and the harbour...simply breathtaking! Our hosts Stephen and Fienie were just delightful...they welcomed us into their... More 

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StephenClark, Owner at Highbrae Guesthouse, responded to this review

Dear Mike, Janelle & family. It was a pleasure to have each one of you in our home. You interacted so well in the rhythm of B&B life and even though the weather was cold you made the most of every opportunity. We do hope that you will come down this way again. Thank you for the lovely review. Best... More 

Shanghai Region, China
1 review
Reviewed 12 May 2015

We were a big family (3 couples with 1 child) from Hangzhou China. We stayed in Highbrae GH during Apr.14-15 2015. Stephen was very welcoming and made us like home in all details. He even taught our 3 year old boy to play piano in the lovely livingroom:) Everything is perfect. Rooms are spacious, facilities are well maintained, breakfast is... More 

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Thank EnpingWu
StephenClark, Owner at Highbrae Guesthouse, responded to this review

Dear Family Wu, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a lovely review of your visit with us in April. It was a pleasure to have you stay with us and I did enjoy interacting with your family. I am so pleased that you all felt welcome and could enjoy the time you spent in Dunedin. More 

Norfolk, Virginia
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50 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2015

The Highbrae is simply great! It's on High Street, just up the hill (and I do mean UP) from the CBD of Dunedin. The house is a great old Victorian treasure and the owners, Steve (who may in fact be a hobbit) and Finny, his charming wife were like your long-lost uncle and aunt. Our apartment (room doesn't begin to... More 

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StephenClark, Manager at Highbrae Guesthouse, responded to this review

Hey Guys, Thank you for the great review! I was a little bit nervous about how you would respond to our humble abode. Your fulsome commendation and kind comments have made my day! More 

Norfolk
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61 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2015

Highbrae was a highlight of our trip: it's a beautiful home on the top of a crazily high and steep hill with an absolutely stunning view of the harbor from our bedroom. The room was large and comfortable, with an attached kitchen and laundry machine area. Our hosts, Stephen and Finny, were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable with lots of suggestions... More 

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StephenClark, Manager at Highbrae Guesthouse, responded to this review

Thank you kind people for your generous commendation of our B&B it is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us! More 

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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviewed 25 November 2014

We spent two nights in the Highbrae Guesthouse while visiting Otago Peninsula and Dunedin. The owners gave us a nice welcome and helped us on our way with planning our stay and activities, the tip to go see the little blue penguins was very good. The free wifi the owners provided helped us a lot too. Overall I'd say the... More 

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Thank Geert M
StephenClark, Manager at Highbrae Guesthouse, responded to this review

Thank you for your nice review Geert. It was a pleasure to host both you and your partner. More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Experience a taste of the early days of one of New Zealand's oldest cities, while enjoying twenty-first century comfort. Highbrae Guesthouse was built on Dunedin's High Street Cable Car route in 1908. Its early Edwardian architecture featuring many art nouveau characteristics. Today, this impressive home, which offers spectacular views of the city, the ocean, the harbour, as well as easy access to all attractions, also provides first class bed and breakfast accommodation to its guests. The three upstairs guest rooms are carefully maintained to preserve their character for visitors, who delight in the many original features. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Highbrae Guesthouse

Address: 376 High Street | City Rise, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Dunedin
Price Range: £72 - £91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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“All the rooms have good views - the front room is probably best.”
 of 5 bubbles helenandrobc, 28 May 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are good. If possible, book the suite which is very spacious with kitchenware and has own in-room bathroom.”
 of 5 bubbles EnpingWu, 12 May 2015 | Read review
“The room at the back of the house, top of the stairs, has an incredible view. (so might the others; we only saw that one).”
 of 5 bubbles dogwalkerNorfolk, 24 Mar 2015 | Read review
“There weren't any bad rooms that I could see.”
 of 5 bubbles shelahm, 7 Sep 2013 | Read review
“The Studio was more modern, spacious and with kitchen and washing/drying facilities”
 of 5 bubbles Henny21, 1 Apr 2013 | Read review
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