We are a family from Australia, elderly mother and four adult children, holidaying together for the first time in 44 years. The house is spacious and light. The owner has thought of everything to make it comfortable and easy. John walked across the lawn to the beach for his daily swim each morning - no need to drive. The owners are most approachable and advised us where to go for the roast lamb we craved on mothers' day! The house has an open deck with a barbecue of course, and where we sat and sipped wine. 5 kayaks are provided and we paddled to Russell, a lovely little place about a km distant by sea. Our stay was enhanced by the close antics of a pod of dolphins when we went out on a sailing boat. Such a lovely, happy place to stay, and we would love to go back.
I had family visiting from the UK so wanted to take them to Russell, we saw the pictures of this Bach online, and it had everything we needed for 7 people.
The place is amazing, views were outstanding.
My only negative would be that for five stars I didn't think it lived Upto that.
It wasn't cleaned to a five star rating, the toilet seat was broke in the main bathroom and dirty and there was mould on the curtains and there was an abundance of flies, some of the rooms did smell abit musky too. But I tried to look past this while I was there because it was about spending time with my family and I do recognize that it is a well used Bach, lots of visitors passing through.
Just think maybe I would give a 3star for cleanliness. 5star for location, house and view. As there were samples of room to roam about in.
Great house for a family. Our grandchildren particularly enjoyed having their own room away from the adults. The house was very well equipped. The beds were comfortable. Being so close to the beach was great and swimming and jumping off the pontoon was enjoyed by all. Highly recommended.
We, a group of 7, stayed at Tapeka Del Mar over 7 nights whilst fishing in the Bay of Islands. We were met there by Clive who had some cold beer on ice and small snacks which were most welcome after the four hour drive from Auckland. We were shown around the house and all its offerings in a short orientation. The house is very clean and well equipped with everything you need. The outdoor deck, modern audio/visual equipment with reasonable wifi was also great. The beds were very comfortable and being able to spread out (some snorers) was a bonus. The absolute beach frontage was fantastic with use of the beach on several occasions. Outdoor equipment with kayaks, whilst not utilized, is available. Clive provided us with local information about cafes, restaurant and attractions. Would definitely recommend.
What is there to say! The property is amazing. Clean, perfect location and incredible views and access to Russell. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Simply cannot wait to return in 2019. Amazing place for those reviewing, Clive is great and the property is TOPS! Ta Clive....
Tapeka Del Mar is really an amazing house in a perfect location. The big, comfortable living space opens right open to an enormous deck overlooking the beach and the sea with a beatiful view of the sunset each night. There’s plenty of room for a big family or even a few families, and the house has everything you need to enjoy this wonderful little neighborhood just outside of Russell. We had an amazing time and our host was awesome!
This is a truly beautiful spot near Russel. You feel the hassles of life evaporating as you pour the first wine on the amazing deck looking out to sea. Our meal out in Russel was fantastic too. The equipment available, which we didn't use, but saw, looked incredible. I would recommend taking cooking oil, as we got caught out with nothing to BBQ with.