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Swallows Ridge
Ranked #2 of 28 Kerikeri B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 26 November 2012

Thanks Chris and Mike for being wonderful hosts. Fantastic setting, fantastic views, a great breakfast and, most of all, the most comfortable bed. Just right for a wary traveller. It was so quiet. My only concern was that I could not stay longer. In those immortal words "I'll be back".

Room Tip: Rooms on the south side are quieter and better views.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 23 November 2012

Swallows Ridge is a stunning property and Mike & Claire are wonderful hosts. There rooms are generous and scrupulously clean, there is a comfortable guests lounge and of course the stunning views to enjoy. Mike's breakfasts were delicious and both Mike and Claire were friendly and only to happy to help out with any queries. Unfortunately it rained the weekend we were there but in summer it would be a beautiful spot to lounge by the pool. Definitely a great place to stay in the Bay of Islands.

Room Tip: The coastal rooms have great views
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 November 2012

This property is amazing, its so modern, clean and the rooms are very generous size. The scenery is fantastic, I only wish it was summer so I could enjoy lounging by the pool. Mike is so helpful and cooks a mighty fine breakfast. Top notch, I will definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Thank Leahysarah
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Reviewed 13 November 2012

We have recently stayed with Mike & Chris at their delightful bed and breakfast just outside KeriKeri. Nothing is too much trouble, they are happy to book tours for you and even to get up early and see you on your way for a day out in the beautiful area of the Bay of Islands.
A relaxed and tranquil base, the surrounding area is great to explore and Mike & Chris are happy to share their home and provide great ideas and directions to restaurants and nearby places of interest & walks in the area.The rooms and facilities are first class and the views from the house are outstanding.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank RobertDSydney_12
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Reviewed 10 November 2012

Mike and Chris do a wonderful job of making you feel relaxed and at home from the moment you walk through the door. The accommodation is first class and the views are breathtaking; both are complemented by the warmth and generous nature of your hosts.It was a short visit for us but within hours of arriving we were already planning another booking at this wonderful escape.

Room Tip: All rooms are outstanding but choose one with a view if available.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

Chris and Mike Coakley have created a fantastic home away from home. With stunning views and rural appeal, Swallows Ridge is a perfect place to relax and unwind. It is also central in the bay of islands to use as a base for day trips throughout the district. After one of Mike's sumptuous breakfasts, you are well prepared for whatever the day holds in store.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 November 2012

Spent several lovely days with owners Mike and Chris. They are superb hosts, who will go above and beyond to take care of their guests. Just one example: I decided late one night to go on the bus tour up to Cape Reinga. The quickly mobilized to book it after hours, provided for a discount on the cost, and prepared a box lunch (with ice packs in an insulated little cooler), in case it was hard to get lunch with the last-minute booking. They know the area and can book attractions for you. They are also interesting and fun to talk to.

the rooms are great - clean, modern,and well-equipped. The building was special-built as a B&B, so has none of the weird or limited set-ups that one often encounters. And the seaward views are spectacular!!

Travelers should note that the B&B is outside Kerikeri - a 15-minute drive to Kerikleri and a 30-minute drive to Paihia, which is where most of the water-based activities and attractions are based. I did not find this a problem, and I enjoyed the quiet of being away from the cities.

Highly recommended!

Room Tip: Go for the sea-side views
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Swallows Ridge

Address: 32A Rangitane Road, Kerikeri 0294, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Kerikeri
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Kerikeri
Price Range: £88 - £91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Visit our purpose built award winning accommodation (2010 House of the Year Silver Medal). Set in 21 acres, our secluded and peaceful location is a designated Kiwi area. Yet is near to town and only two minutes drive to Doves Bay Marina. Enjoy peace and tranquility with fantastic coastal views of the Bay of Islands, Kent Passage and Kerikeri Inlet. Swim in the heated 12mtr pool or relax on your own private patio. All rooms are large with en suite. Home made bread and eggs from our own chickens for breakfast. Visit Kerikeri's historic Stone Store, cafes, farmers market and art galleries, play a round of golf or take a trip to a local beach. Swim with dolphins or catch a marlin - we can arrange it for you. ... more   less 
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