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“Great stay for the trip to the Far North” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Houhora Lodge & Bed & Breakfast

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Houhora Lodge & Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 1 Houhora B&B and Inns
Fribourg, Switzerland
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15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Great stay for the trip to the Far North”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2013

Was there for one night on my trip to the Far North. Nice room, bath room and terrace, with nice views of the surroundings. I've seen for the same price even better places here in NZ, but it's worth the trip. Bruce and Jacqui were very nice hosts, with good advices for food at night. The breakfast in the morning was also very good. Would stay there again on another trip to the Far North.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
    • 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    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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Campbelltown, Australia
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145 reviews
32 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

After winding our way up from Auckland, I have to admit that I drove up to the lodge with some trepidation. My wife and I have only recently begun staying at B&B's and it's been a little hit and miss. But this was certainly a hit! Bruce and Jacquie where wonderful hosts, with the perfect amount of attention and space when wanted. Quick with the pot of coffee and chocolate biscuits, it was a wonderfully located place to explore the far north. The rooms where quite adequate and scrupulously clean, and the breakfasts where great! Bruce and Jacquie where of course, full of useful local information and we were glad we used the locals tour that they suggested! Great place!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Adelaide, Australia
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2013

Jacqui and Bruce made us feel like part of the family, in the best possible meaning. Bruce's poached eggs are probably the best on the planet! Cooked to perfection. The breakfast is amazing, worth travelling to New Zealand for. The room is beautifully appointed and well enough away from the action centre of the house to give complete privacy.
Jacqui and Bruce lent us slides for the sandhills. Make sure you do this. We spent the cold nights in cosy fireside chats with our hosts. Great place to stay.

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2013

We stayed with Bruce and Jacqui in December 2012. We had one of the downstairs rooms, including a put-u-up bed for our 12 year old daughter. The accommodation was very comfortable, we enjoyed a delicious dinner at the Lodge one night (including Bruce's home made bread) and the other night we ate at the local pub in Pukenui - perfectly acceptable pub grub.

Our daughter had fun feeding the ducks, I was eased awake in the morning by the local frogs (they really do say "ribbit"), and Max the dog was a comforting presence around the place.

The highlight of our trip was the day we spent with Reuben and Beulah - a couple of hours at Great Exhibition Bay (which is absolutely gorgeous, completely deserted and would have been impossible to get to under our own steam), lunch and a swim at Tapotupotu Bay, a quick trip to Cape Reinga and then some dune surfing near 90 Mile Beach. All the while Reuben kept us fascinated with stories about his amazing life and his (and Beulah's) extended family. A priceless experience, and we've been dining out on it ever since.

Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Liverpool
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15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2013

This was a great place to base yourself to visit the far north. We were given loads of really helpful advice about where to visit. The only trouble was that compared with other accommodation in NZ the price was pretty high so we only stayed for one night when 2 would have been better to fit everything in.
The hosts went out of their way to look after us- we were given a tray of tea, biscuits, cheese and crackers as soon as we arrived. Everything had been thought out to the last detail- suggesting that we drive around the back to unpack the car, etc.
We also ate in the evening with them. This is something that you should do if staying as the food was excellent and mostly sourced in their back garden!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 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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Hong Kong, China
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127 reviews
125 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2013

We thought this B&B was just what a B&B should be: nice place, nice host that make you feel home, good piece of advice to visit the area, good food... I recommend having dinner there (and there is not much option in the area anyway), the food is great and a lot is home made. The olive oil and the foccacia bread was so good. Follow their recommendation, your trip up north, the with silica beach and the wild horses were all fantastic. Highly recommended!

Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Leeuwarden
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2013

The location was great and the hospitality of Bruce and Jacqui was terrific. They were very helpful and friendly. Jacqui made me my favourite herb tea, arranged a ATB for my husband and loved to play with our very young kids. We borrowed slides to go to the Sand Dunes and had a blast with the water sile we played with in their magnificent garden. Therefore we loved staying at Houhora logde because it was the perfect place for us to explore the Northerd part of New Zealand.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Houhora Lodge & Bed & Breakfast

Property: Houhora Lodge & Bed & Breakfast
Address: 3994 Far North Road, Houhora RD4, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Houhora
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Houhora
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have fled our largest city with Max our Hunterway cross dog to live on the shores of Houhora Harbour in the Far North of Northland, and look forward to sharing this special part of New Zealand with you. Come and enjoy remote coastal walks, shell collecting, Cape Reinga, 90 Mile Beach and other attractions, We can arrange 4x4 trips, quad bike tours, sport or game fishing and provide relaxed and quality accommodation on the return from your days excursions. ... more   less 

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