I stayed at Te Maunga House for several days in May and it was an amazing experience. While I prefer to meet locals and stay at B&B's or other local establishments when I travel, I have to realize that my experiences and accommandations will vary at each destination. That is, after all.....the point of real travel for me. Anne Kolless, the owner and caretaker of Te Maunga House has travelled extensively and I enjoyed chatting with her on many destinations that are still on my bucket list. She has an amazing "Hemmingway" room with many treasures that she has picked up in her travels.....I loved being surrounded by so much history and culture. Her garden.....WOW....I spent almost an entire day wandering in her gardens, ticking birds off my bird list and enjoying amazing views from "her hill". The breakfasts were great and healthy. I had the same difficulty finding Te Maunga house with my GPS as other reviewers had....but I don't consider that a drawback....after all....if I wanted something easy to find...I could have found a place on the local business strip. Sometimes, it takes a little effort to find a great gem. After all, isn't that why most of us travel!