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“Lovely hosts and genuine Kiwi experience”
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On the Beach B & B
Ranked #14 of 42 Whitianga B&B and Inns
Reviewed 11 March 2013

This was for us not a usual B&B, but more of a place that reminded us of holidays at grandparents' house. Gordon and Diana are absolutely lovely and so incredibly creative and full of energy! The house, where they also celebrate weddings, is beautifully located on the beach, with a spectacular view of the sunrise, Diana will make sure you don't miss if you tell her you are interested. The room was huge, very tastefully decorated and the fact that there were no keys made us feel much more at home. Gordon had dozens of stories for us we very much enjoyed while having our 'on the house' evening drinks with the other guests at his bar. Diana made sure that we had fresh cookies and chocolate in our room every day and at the end of our 3 nights stay gave us lovely presents made by herself, dearly reminding us of them now that we are back in Germany.
They both were so generous to invite us to a family dinner and that was an unforgettable Kiwi experience we are very grateful for. Gordon's habit of raising the guests' national flags made our stay even more memorable, since it was for the first time that I felt really proud of seeing the flag of my country of origin.
Very lovely place, highly recommended.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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gordon363896, Owner at On the Beach B & B, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2013

We do enjoy just being ourselves and treating our visitors not just as guests, but as friends. Our part of New Zealand has so much to offer and we enjoy being able to advise and assist guests to make the most of their experiences whilst they stay with us

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Reviewed 9 March 2013

We were lucky enough to find ON THE BEACH, which was ON THE SAND! Could not be closer to the ocean without being IN the ocean! Lovely home,with a breathtaking view. There is NOTHING Diana could not do; from making her own curtains, upholstering her own furniture, making home made chocolates and cookies that were in our large comfortable bedroom every night. And there was NOTHING Gordon does not know, no matter what the subject--he is a fountain of information. But in addition to this, this amazing couples' most endearing feature is that they are warm, wonderful, and make you feel like family. We planned on staying one night and stayed 3. Their home is less than a ten minute direct ride to Whitianga with its great restaurants. This B&B had everything we wanted and much more.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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gordon363896, Owner at On the Beach B & B, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2013

Again the opportunity to host guests from the Untied States was a privilege and knowing that they come from sunny California we were pleased that our local weather was good. We feel honoured that when they only came for one night and wanted to stay for three was very rewarding for us.

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Reviewed 1 March 2013

We had 3 great nights here, with Gordon and Diana going out of their way to make us feel at home. Our room was furnished to the highest standards and the breakfasts were wonderful. The home-made marmalade and chocolates were delicious! The house was well situated to see the scenic Coromandel Peninsula; also to have lovely views and a refreshing swim in the sea at the bottom of the garden. Lots of great memories!
Val & Mike

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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gordon363896, Owner at On the Beach B & B, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2013

Guests from England are always welcome. As we have visited many B & Bs in the UK we understand what our guests expect and try to please all

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Reviewed 13 January 2013

Thanks to Diana and Gordon who made us feel like home - also because they put up the Austrian and South African flags for their current guests ;o) Right on the beach location with a big garden and wonderful view over Simpson beach - but you will need a car to come to sights and restaurants. Bedroom and bathroom were very clean and big enough for the three of us. The beer at night at Gordons ground floor bar combined with his stories about the region were so nice. Dianas home made breakfast and sweets were very delicious. We would highly recommend it to families and people searching for a quiet and relaxed surrounding.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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gordon363896, Owner at On the Beach B & B, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2013

Thank you for your response. Yes we have flags of 45 countries which we display for guests in an endeavour to make them feel "at home". We are also happy to provide free transport to and from restaurants in town in the evenings so guests don't have to worry about drinking and driving

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Reviewed 7 January 2013

The views from the lounge are mesmerising, the view from the hot tub special and pretty good from any point of the B&B. Gordon’s knowledge of the area is impressive and complemented by his vast array of interesting stories. Diana works constantly to make the stay a relaxing and pleasurable experience (especially home made chocolates). The help with laundry, internet access and lifts to local restaurants was appreciated. The large and roomy property is very well maintained with a number of extra facilities available for guests. The place is in a very quiet location and provides an excellent base for some of the best scenery in New Zealand at a very reasonable price.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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gordon363896, Owner at On the Beach B & B, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2013

We do appreciate visitors from UK and try to make them feel relaxed and feeling "at home"

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Reviewed 31 December 2012

Really a great place to spend some nights when in Whitianga. The hosts, Diana and Gordon, are incredibly friendly and will share a lot of great stories with you; and of course you can ask Gordon everything about the Coromandel region and what to do there, he'll come up with great ideas for your holidays. The house is right on the beach and the rooms are large, with ensuite and walking wardrobe, and very well tended. Lots and lots of facilities, from the rich breakfast to the spa, the big screen to watch movies on a rainy day and the awesome homemade cookies and chocolate truffles that Diana put in your room every morning.
Definitely recommended.
But if you really like the Christmas atmosphere, then, above all, you must stay at least one night here during Christmas time...don't want to spoil the surprise..but the kids of all ages will love it!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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gordon363896, Owner at On the Beach B & B, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2013

Thank you for your comments, we do try hard to make visitor welcome

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Reviewed 12 December 2012

This was by far the best accommodation we stayed in during our trip around the North Island. We were treated like family from the moment we drove in. The hosts clearly love their country, and they were willing to share their knowledge of the region and its history. When recommending that we visit Hot Water Beach, they gave us a shovel and beach towels, and even dried our togs after a relaxing dip in their hot spa. Breakfast was great - perfectly cooked poached eggs, more types of cereal and muesli than I could count, and delicious jams and local honey. They really are 'on the beach' and the view from the living room window is spectacular.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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gordon363896, Owner at On the Beach B & B, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2013

Thank you for your comments. We do try hard to meet the requirements of all our guests no matter from where they come from and comments such as yours are rewarding to us.

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Address: 66 Wharekaho Rd | Simpson's Beach RD2, Whitianga 3592, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Coromandel Peninsula > Whitianga
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #14 of 42 B&Bs / Inns in Whitianga
Price Range: £109 - £145 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — On the Beach B & B 3.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are the only B & B on the beachfront in Whitianga. We are located at Wharekaho (Simpson's Beach) which is 6 kms north of Whitianga town. We pride ourselves in providing our guests with a personal "home away from home" experience with quality facilities and locally made breakfasts. So popular are Diana's home made cookies that we often are asked for and do provide our guests with recipes including the home made chocolates placed in the bedrooms each night. We have kayaks for guests use and a relaxing spa pool to soak away any aches or pains. We also have free fast Wi-Fi. ... more   less 
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