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Pipiroa Bay Homestay
Ranked #13 of 21 Russell B&B and Inns
Geneva, Switzerland
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Awesome”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2014

I had a ensuite room and a lounge attached to it, with a view on the sea. Superb views.
Breakfast was taken on a balcony, with my hosts, facing the sea- having breakfast in front of the sea, in the sun, felt like a dream... Considering how wet it is back home!
The breakfast was great, and Paula even cooked for me a savory breakfast because I do not really go for sweet things. How nice of her!
We had nice discussions and put the world to rights!... What a pleasure...

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Adelaide, Australia
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30 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2013

Our family of 4 stayed here for 3 nights and it was beautiful!! The view over the bay is absolutely stunning and we could not get enough of sitting out on the deck soaking it all in.... We spent as much time on this deck as we could and had 2 delicious BBQs here with fresh fish purchased just up the road at the Russell Smokehouse (which has a variety of freshly caught fish for sale and is highly recommended!) it is a great base to explore the very picturesque town of Russell. The hosts are so lovely and provided us with as much information as we wanted and helped point us in the right direction with regards to tours etc. There is a beautiful walk through the gardens all the way down to the beach ... And the kids loved exploring this as there were so many nooks and crannies and it is obviously a labour of love as a lot of time and thought has gone into it! The beach is lovely and interesting and there is a beautiful little walk through some gorgeous 'rainforest' areas... A must see!!
My only criticism is regarding the noise in the main bedroom ... I think there is a water pump just outside the window so every time anyone uses any water the pump kicks in, which in the still of the night or early morning is extremely noisy. You can also hear any other guests who are staying upstairs walking around or moving furniture... This is not so much a problem during the day, but if they are early risers (as were the guests above us) that meant we were too!! Just a minor detail, but it did detract from my overall experience as I was awake 3 mornings way before 7am!!
It is a truly beautiful part of the world and the views make up for the other annoyances!!

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
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44 reviews
23 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2012

We stayed one night at the Pipiroa Bay Homestay and felt right at home immediately upon meeting Paula and Gary. We were advised of restaurant recommendations, things to do in the area and upon our departure all of our questions were answered about the next leg of our journey. We stayed in the main house in a bedroom off the entry way. We had access to the sunroom off the back with beautiful views in the morning and the room was decorated with interesting artwork. The bedroom was equipped with everything we needed, including cookies and tea. The breakfast set up was beautifully presented and filling. Overall good value and a pleasant stay.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Larkfield, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2012

My husband and I stayed in the B & B at Pipiroa last year and we would agree with all the previous comments. Arriving in the afternoon we were greeted with tea and home-made cake on the terrace and really made to feel welcome. The garden down to the bay is amazing with lots of little pathways and interesting plants. Paula's breakfasts on the terrace were excellent, something different each of the three days we were there. On our final evening we had a delicious dinner with Paula and Gary. As I mentioned in their visitor book, it felt more like dinner with friends than as paying guests. A really lovely place to stay.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Marian S
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Calgary, Canada
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66 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2012

The apartment is situated on a lovely quiet bay. Gary's garden down to the beach is beautiful. There is a wonderful hike you can do into the Russell townsite that is about 7 k away. Great place to relax and enjoy the sea.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Jclarkebell
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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24 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2011

I stayed with my daughter and her friend for just one night. Paula and Gary are very interesting, stimulating and friendly hosts. We felt quite at home. The apartment is lovely and decorated with care; loved Paula's shell art pictures. Gary's garden is incredible and leads down through many paths to the bay below the house. We had a lovely breakfast on the porch overlooking the water in the morning.

Stayed February 2011, travelled with friends
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waitomo
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115 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2010

Paula and Gary have made a wonderful place to get away from it all. The weather wasn't the best for boating but visitors must wander down through the garden to the estuary. The garden is obviously a labour of love.
The guest area is spacious and very clean. Paula's art is on display on the walls.
Paula and Gary were excellent hosts.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Pipiroa Bay Homestay
Address: 348 Aucks Road | Okiato Point, Russell 0272, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Russell
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Ranked #13 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Russell
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Number of rooms: 2
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