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Mokoia Downs Estate B&B
Ranked #1 of 52 Rotorua B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Taupo, New Zealand
1 review
“Simply Devine”
Reviewed 3 May 2013

My three children (Aged 10, 6, 5) had a wonderful time here. The kids loved the play area, roaming around the section and of course, the fabulous hosts. We watched a movie on the 'big screen', where I was presented with one of Mick's famous tipples (which was perfect). The following morning, we were presented with a brilliant breakfast. But wait, there was more to come.....Teresa took the kids around the farm to feed the hens, ducks, sheep and donkeys. Then just when it couldn't get much better, she had organised a scavenger hunt for them. Prior to leaving, some suitable activities for us were suggested. We did both and thoroughly enjoyed them, thank you. Our only regret was that we didn't stay longer. Luckily there is always next time :)

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Rockhampton, Australia
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Reviewed 2 May 2013

Like what many had written, this place is fabulous. Our family stayed for 3 nights. There're lots to keep the kids entertained. Play room, movie room and the animals... To add, Teresa is great with the kids. The house is so cosy with many places to seat around and laze. There are so many good things to say and I think most important of all is that Mick and Teresa were so genuine in their hospitality that puts us at ease throughout the stay.

Thank you for the great memories.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 May 2013

My friend and I were passing through Rotorua without accommodations for the night when we stopped by the information center around 5:45PM on a Thursday evening. It was about to close but the person behind the counter was pushing us for hotels and resorts in the area, but we really wanted a B&B and found Mokoia. We rang them up and they were able to accomodate us 15 minutes later (since it's about 15 minutes from downtown Rotorua).

What a lovely place. Mike and Teresa are super friendly and wonderful people who are running their B&B outside Rotorua in a little slice of heaven they've built over the last few years. The house is beautiful, they've put a lot of effort into making it feel very homey. We checked in, had a tour of the facilities which include a wonderful fireplace and a movie theater, and they offered us a complimentary glass of wine. Mike has also prepared his own spirits in NZ and was happy to offer a taste as well. We sat by the fireplace listening to jazz music drinking our wine in total bliss. Later we spent some time talking with Mike and Teresa over their history and how they arrived here and were up until probably 10 just chatting the night away. It was fantastic. Mike also let me log into his wifi which was super fast and unmetered (rare in NZ!).

The bed was super comfortable and it was the best sleep I've had in NZ.

In the morning they had prepared us a FEAST of a breakfast, including fresh a fresh fruit salad from their garden and eggs benedict also prepared with eggs from their chickens. I work in Wellington and I can honestly say that this was probably one of the best meals I've ever had in NZ, and definitely the best breakfast.

Afterward we fed the chickens, ducks, donkeys, and sheep.

Mike and Teresa's unparalleled hospitality should be a model for all other B&B owners to follow.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 May 2013

Just back from the week-end staying there. I had 2 children with me aged 9 and 7,
Clean place is my thing when it comes to staying in places, and that was just super clean and very very impressed with small details they give to there guests. it was just a relax feeling the moment i stepped into our room : the Garden Room.

Teresa welcomed us at the driveway then took us inside to meet Mick , it was a warm homey welcome.

Very relaxing spot with all the lovely land around the property especially the pond area where you can just set and do nothing and listen to the birds signing.

Teresa was so wonderful and made sure the kids are well look after from treasure hunt to feeding animals to even dig wholes in the grounds. she really is wonderful with the kids, it was indeed much appreciated.

we gladly did not have time to even use the Dance room where you can watch movies or even DANCE .. the kids just loved to outdoor feel of this wonderful spot.

The breakfast was Super, with mostly homemade food that was so yummy!! and lets not fogett to mention Mick homemade liquor you can enjoy in the evening :-)

Fpor dinner you have very close by option and we went to the pizza place at the same town which Teresa recomended .. was perfect.

Thank you so much Teresa and Mick, you really made our week-end quite special.

Stayed April 2013

Room Tip: The garden Room was a great spot for us at it was out side the house .. LOVEd it
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 29 April 2013

My family (husband and two children) stayed in the Tarawera Suite for 3 nights, which was perfect. The rooms are tastefully decorated and clean with everything you could need.
The facilities are amazing, the children were spoilt for choice between playing on the 5 acres of land, watching movies in the cinema room or playing in the toy room. When they weren't doing this they were being entertained by Mick & Teresa either feeding the animals or going on a treasure hunt or archeological dig!
The location is great as you are close to all the main attractions and about 10 minute drive from Rotorua centre which means you don't get the sulphur smells or the noise.
Mick & Teresa are the most wonderful hosts and the children said they reminded them of their grandparents.
The breakfast was also wonderful with all of Teresa's homemade goodies. The lovely cakes for afternoon tea and Micks vast selection of spirits in the evening was the icing on the cake.
I would thoroughly recommend this B & B and will definitely be staying there again the next time we are in Rotorua.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 18 April 2013

Mike and Teresa make the B&B a truly relaxing stay and a wonderful time for my whole family (My wife + 8 + 6 yr old kids) This was our first B & B and I have to say we could not have asked for a better 'First Introduction' into staying @ a B & B. We stayed in the Garden Suite which was ample for the four of us.. (we stayed 2 nights) The place is clean and efficient. Teresa and Mike were both pleasant hosts. As we had not come prepared for our activities, Teresa volunteered several itineraries for us to choose from and spaced them to time with the start of shows. More than breakfast, our kids enjoyed feeding the ducks, sheep, donkeys and chicken each morning. My daughter's thrill was to get the fresh eggs that Mike would make breakfast
with. My son would go and pick the fresh berries that Teresa used to make berry shakes with.

The "treasure hunt" was a real treat for the kids as they enjoyed grazing the whole farm. A highlight that we are now being asked to replicate back home quite often... An additional positive is that Mokoia Downs is about 15 minutes drive away from the Geysers which alleviates a fair amount of the Sulfur smell that can get over bearing for first timers. From a perspective of what we (my wife and I) should have done more off... would be a) to spend more time in the Patio as the weather was amazing and b) to grab a book and sit by the lake or under the trees and mellow out. Mike owns a truck load of books and probably was a Librarian in his previous Life. c) Also, I would borrow one of the several sets of Golf clubs that Mike owns and play on the Golf Course by the Lake. (5-7 min drive).

Lastly, our most relaxing part of the day was to get the kids to crash out and then we sat down with Mike and Teresa @ the infamous "Anglers Arms" that so many of you have written about... This i where we really enjoyed the home made liquors + you really got a chance to understand the drive and passion that Mike and Teresa have for making sure that the guests walk away with a lovely experience.

Our stay was wonderful and I would strongly recommend this place. Especially if this would be ur first B & B.

Room Tip: Garden Suite if you are looking for some privacy.. this room is away from the main house.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 10 April 2013

We were in NZ for about 11days and all my kids can remember was our two day visit to Mokoia Downs. You wake up to all the sights and sounds of nature. Mick & Teresa are wonderful hosts, very informative, helpful & caring...Good gourmet breakfast! Home brewed sweet concoction of liqueurs! Tailor made games for kids! Farm animals were an added bonus. And many such hidden surprises.
Its about 2.30 hour drive from Auckland airport, which is a scenic drive alongside the country. If i'm not mistaken there's a Rotorua airport as well, in case you are flying within NZ.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Mokoia Downs Estate B&B
Address: 64 Mokoia Road | Ngongotaha, RD7, Rotorua 3097, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Mokoia Downs Estate B&B 4.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mokoia Downs B&B provides high quality accommodation and comfort in a boutique country lodge that exudes charm and character. With a host of unique or unusual features (including a library, cinema and micro-distillery as well as swimming pool, organic garden and hens, ducks, guinea pigs, donkeys and a miniature horse), Mokoia Downs offers memorable experiences rather than simply a place to stay. Set in five acres of beautiful, park-like grounds, Mokoia Downs is just over 10 minutes from central Rotorua and within easy driving distance of all amenities and attractions. Extensively traveled themselves, your hosts offer warm hospitality and an excellent knowledge of the area to he lp you plan your itinerary. Enjoy enchanting walks around the grounds, feed and pet the animals, and just soak up the tranquility and seclusion offered in this idyllic setting. ... more   less 
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