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Appledore Lodge
Ranked #4 of 20 Paihia B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 May 2008

We stayed at Appledore Lodge in the Riverside Studio for three nights - our first experience of bed and breakfast in New Zealand and at the start of a four week holiday. We had heard that B&B was very good in New Zealand and Appledore Lodge certainly exceeded our expectations. We knew immediately it would be a hard act to follow. The riverside location was breathtaking and we loved sitting on the veranda in the early morning listening to the sound of the river.

Janet and Jim were very congenial hosts and very helpful in arranging trips for us and advising us on the best places to visit. Our accommodation was very comfortable , spotlessly clean and the breakfasts, with the many homemade goodies, were extremely satisfying.

We found this a good location for visiting the surrounding area including trips to 90 Mile Beach, Waitangi and the Bay of Islands area. There were several good restaurants in Paihia but we also enjoyed making use of the comprehensive facilities in the studio, to prepare our own dinner and sit on the veranda sampling the excellent New Zealand wine enjoying the evening sunshine.

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 April 2008

We stayed 4 nights in the ‘Riverside Cottage’ at Appledore Lodge. The cottage sits separate from the house by about 30m. The accommodation is spacious (separate lounge, bedroom and bathroom) and of a high level of quality and comfort. It was also scrupulously clean. The lounge gives you panoramic views of the Waitangi River, as does the decking outside of the bedroom. A well-appointed kitchen area (electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dish washer, washing machine and tumble drier) occupies one end of the lounge. The bathroom is roomy and has a double walk-in shower cubicle.

Janet and Jim are extremely obliging hosts, willing to provide local information and book events and tours on your behalf. Internet access is also available (useful for checking-in online).

The breakfast basket, personally delivered by Jim, included cereal, fresh yogurt, fruit, fruit juice and freshly-baked bread – delightful!

A dip in the hot tub is a must for the weary traveller.

Overall, the stay was a delight – a peaceful riverside setting yet only a few minutes by car from Paihia. I would highly recommend Appledore Lodge if you are looking for accommodation in the area.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 February 2008

After the drive south we arrived at Appledore Lodge to be given a really warmgreeting by Jim and Janet. We spent a happy hour on the verandah overlooking the river enjoying some lovely New Zealand wine and beers. The views were beautiful and so restful and the babbling river was just idyllic especially as there was a good variety of birds and flowers, as well as the occasional hobbit, to see at the time. Our room, or should I say suite, was absolutely magnificent and there was everything in there that we required. The breakfast baskets were especially exciting as we searched through each morning to discover the delights that June had prepared for us.
We liked the scenery so much that we returned each evening and brought in a meal so that we could dine slowly in such splendour on the verandah. This B & B must rank as one of the best in New Zealand. We went to Appledore Lodge as the result of a recommendation and we will certainly be recommending this top B & B to all our friends. Long may it continue to delaight visitors to New Zealand.

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 February 2008

We stayed at the Appledore Lodge for three nights. The hosts, Janet and Jim Pugh are great. They made us feel at home. The accomodations were extremely clean. The view of the river and the surrounding landscape is spectacular. We would stay here again if in the area.

Stayed: January 2008
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Reviewed 18 November 2007

We recently had 5 nights at Appledore Lodge.
It was marvellous! It stood out as our best stop in NZ.
Janet and Jim welcomed us and spent time with us describing the local attrations and even booked some of them for us. They were charming and so helpful.
The room was delightful - everything was spotless. Room presentaion was exceptional. The room overlooked the river which was so relaxing.
We enjoyed the breakfast baskets and it was always a treat to discover what was being served for the day, homemade breads, muffins, scones, jams, eggs - delicious!
The addition of a selection of wines for a reasonable price in the room was a great idea. We sat out on the patio and watched the river drinking our wine in the evenings.
We found the location very convenient to all the attractions in the North.
We would certainly return for another relaxing vacation at Appledore Lodge.
Pat & Ken

  • Stayed: November 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 November 2007

This was our second visit to this relaxing, private oasis of calm.

The hosts, Janet & Jim are so welcoming and willing to fufill any requests for a comfortable stay with recommendations of shopping, dining out, tours etc. offers of a hot tub for travel aches and then a breakfast basket worth waking up for ,- just yummy.
It's all the little things, from well stocked kitchen utensils, crockery and glassware, soft towels with special soaps, quality bed linen, cleanliness of the rooms throughout, beautifully kept grounds and views of the gently tumbling Waitangi river in a gorgeous 2 acre setting that make a weary travellers stay so rewarding.
When we can, we will be back for another rejuvenating experience.

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 June 2007

After spending a month travelling the North & South Islands, staying at Appledore Lodge for 5 days at the beginning of our adventure, we were really spoilt by the standard of the accommodation and the attention to detail to make our stay memorable by Janet & Jim.
Over the next three weeks we stayed in all different styles of accommodation from B&B to 5* hotels and we felt we had to travel back to Appledore Lodge for the last 4 days of our holiday to make sure we were not 'dreaming' the first time.
The location by the river, the food, accommodation & hosts was 5*. We would not hesitate to recommend Appledore Lodge to anyone.
Looking forward to our next visit.
Paul & Lucy

Stayed: February 2003
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Additional Information about Appledore Lodge

Address: 624 Puketona Road | Northland, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Paihia
Price Range: £104 - £154 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Appledore Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rediscover tranquility and peace to the sound of the Waitangi River gently tumbling over miniature waterfalls and rapids, set in two acres of gently sloping pasture land and only 25 meters from the river bank, you will be spellbound by the views from your pillow and all of our accommodation with 1 kilometer of uninterrupted river frontage views. ... more   less 
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