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“Great Value and Quaint” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Retreat
Ranked #11 of 23 Paihia B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
255 reviews
189 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Great Value and Quaint”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2014

We have stayed here a number of times now and we love it. Great views in the evening and the morning, hosts are super friendly and very helpful. We cant understand why it doesnt rate higher on Trip Advisor

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Cameron4611
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KevinSmith2013, Owner at The Retreat, responded to this review, 14 April 2014
Kia ora Cameron
Thanks for the great Review and we look forward to seeing you again soon
Regards
Jan & kevin
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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East Midlands
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165 reviews
77 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2014

If The Retreat is rated only 15th of the hotels in Paihia, either the first 14 are out of this world, or the reviewers are being over-generous, since The Retreat is simply superb. Set in maturely cultivated grounds, the apartments look out over the Bay of Islands with stunning views. The owners were very welcoming and able to provide loads of good advice, beds are comfortable, the kitchen area well supplied, fresh towels were provided each day, the balcony is a lovely place to sit, and there is free wi-fi. It is a couple of ks. outside the town of Paihia, which would be a problem without a car, but otherwise is a distinct advantage to be in such a quiet and beautiful location. The only niggle? The shower had low pressure, and the hot water tank was stretched for 4 people, but otherwise this reasonably priced hotel should be considered by anyone coming to the area.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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KevinSmith2013, Owner at The Retreat, responded to this review, 17 March 2014
Kia ora from Paihia
Thanks for taking the time to review The Retreat
We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us First comment we have had about not enough hot water it is a 180 litre Cylinder and the pressure seems to depend on the Councils pumps being on
Look forward to seeing you in the future
Regards
Jan & kevin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2014

The Retreat is located 2km from Paihia which is perfect if you want peace and quiet. The location is beautiful and all units have stunning views of the sea. Our one bedroom unit with balcony had a very well equipped kitchen as well as other extras such as hair dryer, toiletries, tea, coffee etc. The lovely fluffy towels and teatowels are replaced daily. Jan and Kevin are very helpful, offering information on the local area, and a little history if you want it... Thank you from Olive

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Thank risin
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KevinSmith2013, Owner at The Retreat, responded to this review, 17 March 2014
Kia ora from Paihia
Thanks for taking the time to review The Retreat and we are happy that you all enjoyed your stay with us The Hot water cylinder is 180 litres and this is the 1st comment that there was not enough Hot water ,the pressure seems to be dependant on the Council's Pumps being on .
Hope to see you again in the future
Regards
Jan & kevin
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2014 via mobile

Clean and tidy room. We stayed on the one bedroom unit. Friendly hosts that made our stay enjoyable. It's far from the central tourist hub, though it's only 5min drive. Definitely coming back again for a longer stay!

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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KevinSmith2013, Owner at The Retreat, responded to this review, 15 January 2014
Kia ora from Paihia
Thanks for your review and we look forward to your visiting The Bay and The Retreat again
Regards
Jan & kevin
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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2014

The Retreat offered a wonderfully relaxing start to our New Zealand holiday, with spectacular views over the Bay of Islands. Just outside Paihia, it's very convenient for boat trips around the Bay, visiting the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and the ferry across to Russell.

Jan and Kevin are very friendly hosts, who are full of local knowledge, which enabled us to discover places that wouldn't otherwise have been obvious.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Davidstella48
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KevinSmith2013, Owner at The Retreat, responded to this review, 3 January 2014
Kia ora David & Stella
Happy 2014
Thanks for your review on The Retreat and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us.
We do try to make everything easy for our guests to relax and have as much info as possible to help have a great time in the Bay of Islands
See you again
Regards
Jan & kevin
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2013

This is one of the best motels my husband & I have stayed at. Jan and Kevin are the nicest people you could wish to or want to meet. Friendly, clean. If we are ever in Paihia again whether it is to stay or visit we will be sure to look Jan & Kevin up. The views are astounding. Thank you from Rick & I. :)

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank sharonrick
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KevinSmith2013, Owner at The Retreat, responded to this review, 11 October 2013
Kia Sharon & Rick
Thanks for your fantastic review ,we are glad you enjoyed our Retreat and everything that goes with it ..We do enjoy helping to make our guests feel at home
regards
Jan & kevin
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

This is our new fav family spot. The weather didn't play ball all weekend - thunderstorms and lightening one day, sunshine the next - but it really didn't matter at The Retreat. The rooms have everything you need for a short or longer stay...we were relaxed and comfortable, and the view kept us enchanted. It's just a walk down the hill to the bay, or hop over the other side for pipi picking. Of course it's always the people that make the difference - thank you Jan and Kevin for making our family weekend extra special. By the by, we went to Shippey's in Paihia for fish and chips late on Sunday night - thank goodness they were open and the food was spot on.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Sam C
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Property: The Retreat
Address: 22 Paihia Road | Paihia, Paihia 0247, New Zealand
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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 #11 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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