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Mussel Bed Boutique B&B
Ranked #7 of 42 Whitianga B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Excellent and welcoming b and b - well located.”
Reviewed 7 March 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights last weekend. We agree with the many positive reviews. We would happily have stayed much longer. If you are touring by car and are in the Whitianga area for just a short time the location is particularly good - the same side of the harbour as Shakespeare Cliff, Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach, with the passenger ferry 2 or so kms away to take you straight into Whitianga itself. Cook's Bay itself is a beautiful beach.

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Hunstanton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 March 2012

We spent just 2 nights at the Mussel Bed and truly wish we could have stayed longer. Beautiful location, walking distance to beach, fantastic gardens - and breakfast delivered to your door!!!! Laundry was done for free, and we had a boat trip with Chris and Paul's son, Justin, which was great. Just excellent, great hosts.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 6 March 2012

What a beautiful setting having drinks on the deck looking out at the lush gardens. Sun setting, birds chirping and comfortable modern accomodation just in the door. Beach only a few minutes away, brilliant hosts who went out of their way to look after us, telling us all about the sights, booked our trips and made us feel so welcome but weren't intrusive. Breakfast kept us going for the day, so much choice, just great. Thoroughly recommended and will be back. Thanks Chris & Paul for a wonderful weekend.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Charlotte, North Carolina
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 March 2012

Mussel Bed was recommended by our travel agent as a good base location for exploring the Coromandel. We were six experienced American travelers with high expectations. To a person, we were blown away by our 3-night stay with Chris and Paul. The rooms were very comfortable with excellent beds and a cozy porch for for sipping morning coffee or relaxing with a book. We had a great sea kayak tour of nearby Cooks Bay and Cathederal Cove. But the most impressive things about our stay at Mussel Bed were 1) the fantastic breakfast featuring fresh fruits from their beautiful garden and 2) the amazing hosts Chris and Paul. They enthusiastically welcomed us, introduced us to other guests, made excellent recommendations on local restuarants and activities, and in general made our stay the most enjoyable on our New Zealand trip. We highly recommend Mussel Bed for a great B&B experience.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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derby
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Reviewed 18 February 2012

Over priced; badly located; poor accommodation; indifferent hosts and the web-site is not accurate. This place is suitable only for back-packers who would not be stupid enough to pay such exorbitant prices for such lousy standards. There are many lower priced and far better places in the area - don't fall for the glossy pictures and rubbish written on the web-site.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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hertfordshire
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Reviewed 12 February 2012

Other reviewers have already praised the location, the accommodation, and Chris and Paul as fabulous hosts, so it's hard to come up with anything new. But we endorse all the praise already heaped upon this B&B. The accommodation is modern, clean and comfortable, the breakfasts look and taste divine, the location is to die for. The arrangement of the buildings in Italian courtyard style works very well, giving everyone the opportunity to be sociable, or have privacy if they want it. In all our travels, our stay at Mussel Bed, and Chris and Paul, stand out in our memories. Sue and Andy.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne
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Reviewed 11 October 2011

We booked this as a romantic break away from Auckland and the Rugby world cup and could not of been happier with our victorian room.. The B&B is set in Paul and Chris's beautiful gardens next to the stream which leads down to the sea on Cook's beach ( you can use their kayaks and paddle down it to the sea). We absolutely loved the breakfast which has gained some notoriety around the town! And as for the host's, Paul and Chris were so welcoming and nothing was a problem. We fell in love with Whitianga and felt like we gained two friends.. we will be back!

Room Tip: The Victorian room has best views and is the sunniest
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Mussel Bed Boutique B&B
Address: 892 Purangi Road | Cooks Beach, Whitianga 3591, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Coromandel Peninsula > Whitianga
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 42 B&Bs / Inns in Whitianga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Mussel Bed Boutique B&B 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chris & Paul welcome you to the "Mussel Bed" - nestled amidst native bush, tropical gardens & streams & yet, so close to beautiful Cooks Beach. A perfect base to explore Cathedral Cove & Hot Water Beach which is only a 10 mins drive. Our self-contained cottage has 2 bedrooms and sleeps up to 5 people. Our guest wing has 3 luxurious suites, tiled en suites & french doors opening onto private decks with all those special touches our guests love! We bring breakfast to you on a tray to enjoy in our lovely garden. Kayak the stream from our jetty and enjoy the natural bird habitat, exploring caves and walking on gorgeous Lonely Bay! We look forward to making your stay a special one. ... more   less 

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