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Te Mahia Bay Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Te Mahia
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 31 May 2013

Started the drive from Havelock along the Kenepuru Road towards Kenepuru Head but the road is just one very very very long very bendy road! I love driving but it is so repetetive we gave up after an hour. We had seen a tiny white sign on the left hand side of the road pointing down a steep dirt track! Te Mahia Bay Resort (40 mins from Havelock) is an amazing gem in the middle of no where. We only ended up stopping for tea and cakes and sitting on the patio looking out over Kenepuru sound. It is one of the most tranquil places iv ever been too in the world! The view is just spectacular and you can hear a pin drop. We watched the lage birds diving to catch fish from 50-60 metres up a truely amazing place. We wished we had the time to stay over as all the rooms looked fab and with a view to die for.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

We mountain biked a section of the track and called into Te Mahia Bay Resort for a coffee. What a hidden oasis!! We wished we had more time to stay here for a week or more. The coffee was fantastic and one of the best we had throughout the North and South Islands. The owner was lovely and very hospitable (even though we only bought a couple of coffees). Definitely recommend heading here for a self contained extended break.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank LukeAndJoanne
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Reviewed 25 May 2013

We felt incredibly fortunate to find this piece of paradise. On arrival we were made to feel really welcome. The units are spacious, comfortable, well designed and have fabulous views. The gardens are beautiful with pleasant places to sit and read. It's a great location for day walks along the Queen Charlotte Sound track. The winter rates are incredibly good value.

Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
Thank Jennifer B
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Reviewed 21 April 2013

Arrived as a group of 6, we were instantly made to feel at home, we borrowed kayaks and hand reels for $5 per hour and were informed on the best places to fish- we didn't catch dinner but the amazing outlook, peaceful surroundings, glow worms and well stocked shop with reasonably priced wine kept us in awe of this amazing resort. We will be back! Thank you for making our stay memorable!

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed 6 April 2013

A friend and I stayed here for one night at the end of March while hiking the Queen Charlotte Track. The Te Mahia is located one kilometer off the QCT, descending on a wide gravel road (hikers - watch our for speeding vehicles) down to the water. We stayed in a modern motel unit, which we both found very spacious with one queen and two twins, two sofas, and a dining table with four chairs. Plenty of space to move around and would be perfect for a family of four. The kitchen area includes hobs and the full range of kitchenware so it's perfect for self-catering for longer stays. The bathroom has a shower (no tub) and amenities include shower gel, conditioning shampoo, and even a hot water bottle! Towels were fluffy and plentiful. There was a stack of magazines and a small bookcase with books in addition to the flat screen TV to entertain you in the room.

The only problem I had with the room is that there was an odd persistent odor that really bothered me such that I spent all afternoon outside the room because I couldn't tolerate the smell, which was on the side of the room with the kitchen. I think the kitchen floors and/or countertops were not thoroughly rinsed with fresh water and proper detergent This is not to say that the unit itself wasn't clean, because I certainly thought it was, but the odor was a bit bothersome. (I did get used to it by night-time anyway.)

There are seating areas dispersed throughout the property for lounging, reading, eating, outside. Te Mahia is on the water taxi route as I saw someone being dropped off. Te Mahia is actually accessible by road so I saw a lot of other guests with their bicycles or boats strapped to SUVs.

The combined little reception/coffee shop/gift store is open 8 AM - 7 PM. There is a wide selection of fairly reasonably priced wines (and beers and other drinks) available, as well as ice cream bars, and what appear to be beautiful home-baked little cakes. You can order a pizza (place order before 6 PM), there are four varieties (meat lovers, seafood, chicken and cranberry, and vegetarian) and each one is the size of a very large dinner plate. We two girls, after a long day of hiking, ordered two and realized quickly that we really only needed one. Try the seafood pizza, probably the best I've ever had with really tender scallops and mussels on it. From the store, you can also buy eggs, frozen meats, pastas, cereals, etc. to prepare your own meals. If you're going to stay here a few days, bring some provisions, but for one or two nights, you can survive nicely on what you can get from the coffee shop. I bought a chicken and brie quiche to take with me on my hike, and it was just lovely, very flavorful and yummy.

I really like the Te Mahia and would stay here again (especially because the only other option if you are hiking the QCT is the Lochmara Lodge, which requires you to hike an hour on a spur trail to get there). And although I never met Jann, I found Trevor to be quite nice!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Anon100
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Reviewed 1 April 2013

This was an amazing find. It wasn't listed in all guides but fortunately for us, was included in our guidebook. The hotel is a little off the beaten track, so not for people who want a bit of night life, but perfect for those who enjoy peace and quiet. it is located right on the waters edge on its own little bay on Kenepuru sound. The rooms are in two groups, there is a block of recently modernised really up to date, really nice rooms with good kitchens and bathrooms, or a block of older rooms which are perfectly ok but beginning to show their age. We actually had the choice of either and we chose the older room because the older rooms have the best views and a great balcony to enjoy them from. This was probably the best view of our whole month long trip - just perfect. The older rooms have the additional advantage of being rather cheaper and consequently excellent value. This is not to say there is anything wrong with the modern rooms. The modern rooms still have excellent views and if you like a little luxury you would probably prefer these - its nice to have the choice. The owners were really nice, friendly and helpful. They booked some trips for us and generally gave the impression that nothing was too much bother. Because the hotel is on its own you have to travel up the road to find a place to eat, but the hotel does their own range of microwave meals, which turned out to be really nice. so we never left the hotel. Faced with the option of eating a nice ready meal on your own balcony overlooking a 5 star view, with a nice bottle of wine (either available from the hotel shop or buy for less at the supermarket on your way) why would you!
We would thoroughly recommend this hotel, we would stay again anytime, our only regret was that if we wanted to see anything else of the island we would have to keep to our schedule. None the less we stayed an extra day (3 in total).

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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 March 2013

Stayed here for wedding with group of friends. Same very friendly owners as were here 15 years ago.Same old David Brown tractor with 3 gear levers to haul your boat or jetski in and out.
Rooms and service were very good . You can stay in older part or if you wish the newer motel units which are excellent quality ,all with magnificent views across water.
Great coffee in cafe.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Te Mahia Bay Resort

Address: Marlborough Sounds | Kenepuru Sound, Te Mahia 7282, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Te Mahia
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Te Mahia
Price Range: £86 - £129 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Te Mahia Bay Resort- …"The Place of a Special Happening”… Naturally Beautiful…Te Mahia is nestled in the most picturesque secluded bay in the Marlborough Sounds. The perfect place for swimming and other water based activities which include kayak hire for our guests. Jann & Trevor offer you a choice of Luxury Seaview Apartments, Spacious Waterfront Motels or Gracious Heritage Units. All of our accommodation styles are fully self catering, specializing in those added personal touches which make us truly unique. We have a small store for your grocery needs, an on-license, Stone Grilled Pizzas, coffees and cakes and gift items. But no restaurant. Easy access to the Queen Charlotte Track and other scenic bush walks. one hours drive from Picton or 1 hour 20 mins from Blenheim, or a convenient 15 mins by water taxi from Picton. Relax and unwind with the native bird song and the lapping of the waves at your doorstep. ... more   less 
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