Active honeymoon couple, both 30 y/o. First visit to NZ. That nice we stayed an extra night.
Very hospitable, clean and friendly, and peaceful location. Just off the main road that runs through Kerikeri, Avalon resort is centrally located in the Bay of Islands area and no more than 20 mins from the main attractions by car. Our tavel agent had booked us a studio apartment but upon arrival the very friendly Dutch owner, Willem, had upgraded us to a self contained cottage for free. The spring and the grounds that the 5 or so bungalow cottages occupy is beautiful, and very peaceful.
With a few domesticated pigs, chickens and ducks milling around you're never far from nature. The land has a natural spring and in summer one of the ponds is used to bath in, right next to a large communal BBQ area.
The cottages were well equipped and spotless, ours having a large four poster bed with electric blanket, a large bathroom with a walk in shower and sunken bath and a nice open plan lounge/kitchen. The cottages were very cosy on the cool spring nights we were there and had lovely decking that will be great in warmer months. We made use of the TV and Willem had an enormous collection of DVDs should you want to watch any.
The kitchen was equipped with a gas cooker, dishwasher and a fridge with all utensils provided and there is free wifi in each cottage.
Willem was very helpful and made us bookings for dinner/boat trips as well as recommending restaurants and lending us his road map for places to visit. Even when we stayed an extra night he only charged us for the studio rate. We would heartily recommend the Avalon Resort to anyone visiting the area, a great stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Avalon is a small boutique resort with self-contained serviced cottages and studio units, facing the golf course. Described as a little paradise and piece of heaven by many travellers, our 7 acre property features natural springs, waterfalls, lakes and river where you can kayaking. Our secluded valley has the feel of a nature retreat, but is close to shops, restaurants and various attractions in Kerikeri and the Bay of Islands. Set at the top of the valley, the stylish self contained cottages offer elevated views over the beautiful property. The deck, as well the large windows, allow one to be fully immersed in nature both inside and outside. With a king bed in the bedroom and 2 sofa-beds in the lounge, the unit can sleep up to 4 guests. The cosy self-contained studio rooms are located near the lush gardens around the Oasis pool complex. They sleep 2 or 3 guests and can be adjoined for families. Our studios all have an en-suite bathroom, a kitchenette and a private covered deck area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Avalon Hotel Kerikeri