My wife and I (both early 30's) stayed in the shearers cottage for a weekend, in need of some serious relaxation. The cottage itself is very well appointed, and the property overall is just so peaceful and relaxing!
I can't sit still for long at the best of times so after a morning reading a book I was off to explore the river by Kayak. This would usually be a bit of an undertaking but I just wandered down to the boatshed in boardies and a t-shirt, threw on a lifejacket and off I went.
My wife was quite content to sit on the sunny deck reading and relaxing with Tuis and Kingfishers for company.
We stayed for 3 nights and took plenty of nice food and wine with us so we had no need to go anywhere, and this is definitely the way to do it.
Highly recommended - we will definitely be back.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Magic Cottages At Takou River Hotel Kerikeri