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Bay of Many Coves
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Reviewed 11 January 2012

Our daughter had attended a wedding here last year, and recommended it to her aging but active parents as the perfect spot for all the things we like- kayaking, walking, photography, indulgence in good food and wine, hot tubs, lazing and even massages.
It certainly lived up to all our expectations.
The location is spectacular, wonderful views to be enjoyed from every part of the resort, and even better when you climb to the lookout, visit Motuara island bird sanctuary,or walk a section of the Queen Charlotte track ( after a ferry ride ). The walk up out of the resort, especially if you continue past the lookout to the QCT is certainly enough to justify a hearty meal at night! Kayaks are available for guest use, and exploring the many coves before breakfast when the water is glassy was most enjoyable. Soaking in the hot tub (again with those views) after returning from our expeditions was heaven, and seemed to prevent muscle aches and pains the next day.
The accommodation was delightful - spacious, well equipped, light and airy. Bed and bedding superbly comfortable. Nice to have a cable connected to the sound system for audio input from our laptop. Spacious lounge area for relaxation.
Wonderful staff, led by Pip and Nick, who are helpful and on hand whenever you need anything, or have questions. The restaurant is wonderful, and four nights there saw us working through the menu, with every dish a success. Breakfast and lunch were provided in a relaxed lounge area, and on the days when we were out walking over lunchtime, an excellent picnic lunch came with us. There are also good cooking facilities in the rooms, which we used to cook up some food we brought in with us.
A bit of excitement when the wind blew up on the day we left - the ferry was delayed, and then the trip took over three times as long as usual, in very rough conditions. It is quite remote, so be sure to allow plenty of time to make ongoing travel connections out of Picton.
My only disappointment was not seeing any dolphins, so perhaps we need to come back!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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bayofmanycoves, Manager at Bay of Many Coves, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2012

There is a huge pod of dolphins playing off the resort jetty as I write and thinking of you guys. Thank you for your feedback, we are thrilled that your stay was memorable, we look forward to welcoming you back,,..... Nick, Pip and the team

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Reviewed 5 January 2012

I recently returned to Bay of Many Coves with clients and I was really impressed with what I saw. The new managers, Pip and Nick, are fantastic people and they have got a great little team at the resort. I liked the new layout with the addition of the cafe at the waters edge and the seperate cafe for house guests only. I would recommend this place to anyone wanting a stunning location to go and escape to. The resort is close to many great attractions that can be accessed by water, like the Queen Chalotte Walkway and Motuatra Island. At the resort itself it is more about relaxation and soaking up the atmosphere. There aren't as many activities onsite so it could be challenging entertaining kids over a long stay.

Room Tip: All the rooms are great as they all get an ocean view.
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 January 2012

If you are anywhere near this place you MUST stay. Everything about it was superb. The service was world-class and friendly like only kiwi hospitality can be. The rooms were extraordinary and well serviced quickly. The chef may be one of NZ's finest food artists with no pretentions....just incredibly, insanely, amazingly great food. The views are incredible and you will find yourself wanting to stay longer and return often....I will.

  • Stayed: December 2011
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Reviewed 31 December 2011

The bay of many coves resort is utter bliss. The staff are pleasant and friendly. The rooms are divine and well furnished with everything you need. The food at the restaurant is delicious and it is a great way to relax. And Merlot the mutt is a delight! There are walks to do, kayaks to use, and you can take day trips on the water taxis.
A few things to take note. The walk to the lookout is not for those that like gentle strolls, so watch out for that. There is a walk to see glowworms at night which is great - the resort has little torches in the rooms for you to use - although i think they should leave two in each room.
The only other criticism i have and it is very very minor, is that the area below the staff cottage is a bit of a mess rubbish wise, but otherwise a pleasure to stay there!

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank azzawebbnz
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Reviewed 17 December 2011

Spent a long weekend here on a photographic retreat. Although it was in winter I could not have been more comfortable. Warm, deliciously welcoming accommodation with incredible view of the beautiful sound and access to typically magnificent NZ bush and forest. Food was DIVINE. If you have the chance to experience the degustation meal - go for it. Most importantly the staff. Professional and yet with a typical Kiwi friendliness that makes people keep on coming back to NZ. Would recommend it to all in a heartbeat - summer or winter.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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