I spent four nights in the Kauri Suite of the Old Oak Boutique Hotel in mid-August, and could easily have stayed much longer. This beautifully restored old hotel in its wonderful setting was all that I wanted it to be, and more. Jean and Gary were the perfect hosts - unobstrusive, but there when you needed them.
The Kauri Suite, at the back of the building, was single-storied and therefore not subject to noises from above. It was perfect for my needs - clean, quiet, comfortable and stylish. I had direct access to the gardens from my room, and enjoyed sitting outside (weather permitting) with a book, a cup of coffee and the neighbouring cat to keep me company. Bliss.
Mangonui itself is a delightful and picturesque little town, with plenty to see both in the town and beyond. I drove up to Cape Reinga one day; spent several hours at the whaling museum on Butlers Point on another (I recommend this). Everyone I met was friendly and helpful, and I felt very much at home there.
I think I was there at the right time - very few tourists, so no big crowds or lots of traffic. A wonderful and memorable stay.
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- The Old Oak Boutique Hotel is a beautifully restored heritage building located on the waterfront in Mangonui village with 3 garden view studios and 3 harbour view suites with kitchenettes. The location is perfect for easy access to all the attractions of the region. ... more less
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