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“A view to die for”
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The Retreat
Ranked #12 of 20 Paihia B&B and Inns
Reviewed 11 February 2013

We left our Paihia accom to the last to book because of the cost and the choice in the area. Luckily we picked the best. Kevin is a great host, very laid back and helpful. The room wasn't new, but it was clean and spacious. The view is to die for. I was still feeling the effects of an early departure and woke early my first morning there. To watch the sun rise over The Bay of Island from bed was awe inspiring. Our only mistake was booking for 2 nights. A week would have been more appropriarte.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 January 2013

There are endless places to choose from in Paihai area so it's hard to choose but you won't go wrong at the Retreat if you want fantastic views, a comfortable home away from home, and friendly hosts. Jan and Keith run a great operation. The property is well marked on the highway with an enticing drive up the narrow roadway to the cabins. You can relax on the deck as the tide comes and goes. See the cruise ships arriving in the distance, the sailboats in the bay and the oyster diggers down below in the tide pools. The units are basic, with all you need to cook if you wish. A mircrowave would have been handy. The place is so clean. Beds comfy. Sheets and towels replaced during the week as well. Nice touch. Not easy access to walk to the beach - down a long hill along the highway, but plenty of great beaches to drive to.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 January 2013

We stayed here over New Years eve 2012/13. We spent a lot of time choosing where to stay in Paihia and we weren't disappointed in the Retreat. As other reviewers have said its outside Paihia, which is on the other side of a steep hill. But as we weren't looking for accommodation right in town this suited us well. The views were stunning and the setting is beautiful. The owners were very helpful and the studio unit we stayed in was clean and comfortable. One word of warning, depending on the time of year you stay, you need mosquito repellant (we'd forgotten ours), we were all bitten a lot, I had 40 bites on one leg alone.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 August 2012

Nice and clean, been here 3 times for buisness, want to come back with da wife one day, will be back.
Hosts are nice and friendly. The views are to die for. I cant really complain about anything, nice warm heater in room, ice in fridge, can walk down to the sea.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 12 May 2012

We stayed at the Retreat in March for 5 days and our hosts, Kevin and Jan, made our stay very comfortable. The accommodation is exceptionally clean and comfortable and everything you need is there. I think the views from the balcony are the best in the area. It is set well off the main road amongst the trees and is very quiet and relaxed. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 February 2012

Stayed at the top Lockwood that overlooks the harbour, with views towards Opua and Russell. Accommodation was dated, but clean, with a homely bach feel. My wife and daughter loved it, as did I. Superb views from the deck, enhanced by the surrounding bush and with great hosts in Jan and Kevin (is the TV sorted), we'll defintely be comming back. I will be recommending this place to all and sundry.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 December 2011

Have stayed here several times over the years. First thing is that if you need easy access to food/bars/restaurants etc. it is not for you; you need to drive about 5 minutes from here to downtown Paihia. But if you are into collecting pupu and pipi (shellfish) from the beach below, then you are in the right place. It is a great spot for a quiet weekend away as a couple, or for a family base to explore the BOI if you are keen on cooking for yourself.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about The Retreat

Address: 22 Paihia Road | Paihia, Paihia 0247, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Paihia
Price Range: £53 - £134 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A quiet,secluded natural bush setting set on a 10 acre Penninsula with panoramic uninterrupted seaviews,Northfacing,but only 3 minutes drive to Paihia Central.Bush walks,great Fishing,native bird life and access to the Coastal Walkway A perfect home away from Home ,Friendly Hospitality ,Relaxed Genuine Kiwi Owners ,on site. Prepare to be spoilt.A great place to base your Complete Northland Holiday ... more   less 
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