Amazing place if you are looking for something different and away from the big city. The owners, Ian and Anna were very helpful in making sure we had proper directions from Kerikeri airport and when we arrived the room was open, clean and ready for us to move in for the next 3 days just as promised. My wife and I tried to get the Magic Cottage but it was booked so we took the River Cottage. We never did see the inside of MC but I think it's alot smaller than the RC so we were just fine with our accommodations.
Next day we took the kayaks down river to the deserted beach and even though it was overcast and high tide we had a great time walking in the warm NZ water. At night, try the outside tub and a glass of wine. It's the perfect way to end the day!
Next day we did the hike around the property and went for a dip in the river swimming hole. The walk around the property is worth it. Bring your camera!
We live in a very rural part of Washington State and we were interested in learning more about their farm so Ian and Anna graciously invited us up to their home to show us how the place operates off the grid. Eye opening to say the least.
If you are looking for something amazing off the beaten path this is the place. If you're looking for pubs, clubs and room service probably not. Each lodge has a kitchen so it's important to drive into Kerikeri and get some supplies. It's not very far from the lodge so if you forget something it's not a big deal. All in all we had a great time and unforgettable memories. We highly recommend The Takou River Lodge... Thanks Ian ans Anna!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set a short distance from Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands and voted one of the Top Ten Luxury Lodges in New Zealand, Magic Cottages at Takou River are secluded and beautiful riverside retreats set on the banks of the picturesque Takou River. Within earshot of the sea at Takou Bay and surrounded by 150 acres of certified organic pasture, native bush and 5 acres of sub-tropical gardens, the 4 cottages and recently completed Lodge provide boutique self-catering accommodation that is eco-friendly yet still indulgent.Peace, seclusion and tranquility abound - a beautiful private river frontage; 150 acres of organic farmland with marked walks along the river bank, through native bush and pastures to secluded swimming and picnic spots; magical glow worms; 5 acres of beautiful sub-tropical gardens to wander and explore; our private jetty and boat house with free kayaks, canoes and fishing rods; and last but not least, access to the beautiful deserted sandy beaches at Takou Bay a short paddle or drive downstream. Once you've finished exploring, relax and unwind in the privacy of your cottage with a pampering massage or spa treatment. To complete your stay, gourmet meals are also available by prior arrangement. Magic Cottages are centrally located to explore the wider Bay of Islands and Far North, yet hidden away from the hustle and bustle amid 150 acres of organic pasture, native bush and river frontage. Enjoy the flourishing birdlife; wander enchanted gardens and riverside walks; paddle to Takou Bay; relax, refresh and romance in the claw foot bath – or bask in the bliss of doing absolutely nothing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Magic Cottages At Takou River Hotel Kerikeri