Anna and Ian are the best hosts we've ever had with a beautiful property and relaxing environment. We stayed at the Summer Cottage which had everything we needed for the kitchen or for grilling out on the deck. The kayaks were great with awesome scenery as you head out to the bay along the river and had a beach completely to ourselves. Anna and Ian also have a marked path that takes about 45 min- hour depending on your walking pace that takes you throughout the property with the chance encountering of some of the livestock. Definitely recommend having a vehicle for the location as you can take day trips to the surrounding areas (we took scuba lessons in Paihia, although there is a closer dive shop to their place). Multiple activities are available with horse back riding nearby, kayaking, swimming, hiking, scuba, and likely more that we just didn't have time to find. The cottages would be great for couples or a family, although if your expecting to stay hooked to technology- this isn't the place for you. If you need help with finding things to do, hosts are happy to welcome you in their home with a cup of coffee and show you what you can do or tell them what you are looking to do and they will help you find it. If I could just live there, I would be in a slice of heaven!
- 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