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Westwind Homestay
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Reviewed 3 July 2011

We stayed there for 2 nights on the 22nd and 23rd of May 2011. The host (Ian) was fantastic!!!! He welcomed us with open arms, was really easy going and laid back. The place was great and had wonderful views. We woke up every morning and looked forward to the amazing pancakes from Ian! We also had dinner with Ian on the 2nd night which was lovely home cooked food.

Thank you so much for the fantastic time. We had a real blast and we are missing Archie, Nicky and Rosy!. By the way, Archie is the dog and Nicky and Rosy are the cats. Absolutely lovely animals!

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Fralen23
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Reviewed 26 May 2011

Wonderfully hospitable hosts Linda and Ian will make you feel as though you are staying with long lost friends. Our room was beautifully set out with really lovely little details, like chocolate biscuits and an array of fragrant homemade soaps.
Westwind has a lovely, cosy, homely feel. You know that in the depths of winter these guys would know how to entertain and keep the conversation flowing. We had an extremely restful sleep and fantastic breakfast.
Linda and Ian were very obliging with the lateness of our checkout, as I knew they had guests that evening to get ready for. We thank you for that!
My daughter is 2 and she was charmed by both hosts. Linda supplying a terrific vintage selection of toys and wooden puzzles and Ian rustling up some of his wood turned toys for her as well.
We loved all the pets and Archie gets a special mention for being such a good boy. We hope Nikita (puss) turned up after an evening out on the prowl, and you'll be pleased to know, Linda, Sylvie is now the proud owner of a bristle hair brush.
Cheers and best wishes!

p.s. Make time for the 15 minute bush walk...it is a highlight!

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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Thank missdiscotek
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Reviewed 30 March 2011

We stayed 3 nights with Linda and Ian (and Archie the dog). We were made so welcome, it was like staying with good friends. My wife had a problem with a broken denture and Linda went to a lot of trouble to find someone who would see her that day. The food was excellent - Ian's pancakes are justly famous and the setting is gorgeous. A great place to stay if you are in that area

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank NeilNelson
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Reviewed 23 February 2011

The homestay is true to its reviews. We use tripadvisor for everything and feel compelled to leave a review. It is quite a ways from Thames or anywhere but this adds to the experience.
The rooms are 5 star and that is really all I can say. The views are great and it is so quiet!

Breakfast was great and so was the tour around the property. We were not able to do the woodland walk but I'm sure it is just as amazing. We paid $99 on Wotif and that was totally worth every cent.

Thanks very much for the stay.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank neptune1021
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Reviewed 9 November 2010

For our last night in NZ we wanted to be reasonably close to the airport and also the coast. Westwind put us a few minutes from the Miranda Shorebird Centre, where the spring bird migration was underway. (Note to birders: Make sure you can be there at high tide.)
Westwind is a large home, hand crafted by the owners. It has beautiful views of the hills and its own bush walk. The owners, Ian and Linda, and gracious and super friendly, and obviously love what they do and where they live.
As is common in NZ homestays (as opposed to B&Bs), we were able to have dinner there by advance arrangement. It was excellent NZ lamb and very reasonably priced at $35 NZ, including wine. Breakfast was very good, too. Ian made big, fluffy pancakes. Our room was bigger than our large bedroom at home, and beautifully furnished, as was the ensuite.
We went the longer way to the airport, following the shore, stopping at a famous fish and chips shop (delicious and cheap), and doing a coastal hike at a shore park. We hit rush hour, but this didn't add more than 15 minutes to the total trip.
We would have loved to spend another night and explored more of the area.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank RandySea
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