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“Stunning!”
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Moon Gate Villa
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

The whole experience at Moon Gate Villa gives new meaning to the term "getting away". From the minute you arrive to see your name on their welcome board, Lionel and Rob provide an experience which totally removes you from the effort and worry of daily life - exactly what you want from a holiday.

Everything is tailored to make you feel special: the luxury accommodation, elegant rooms, beautiful linen, towels, bath products, beautiful breakfast, stunning gardens and most of all, the amazing hospitality. It was obvious that our hosts at Moon Gate gained genuine pleasure from knowing that we felt well cared for and they put so much energy into getting every detail perfect. Yet I have to say, this is managed without ever making you feel suffocated or uncomfortable, as can sometimes happen in the intimacy of a B and B setting.

With Moon Gate Villa, Lionel and Rob have struck the perfect balance to give their guests a truly special, luxurious and memorable experience. We will be reflecting on our lovely memories of Moon Gate for a long time to come. Sighhh... All I can say is, GO!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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biglegsrocky, Owner at Moon Gate Villa, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2014

Hi Ellen, thank you for your wonderful review and glad to hear you went away with fantastic memories. It is a balancing act some times to ensure our guests are looked after at the same time not smothering them and ensureing they have that feeling they are the only one's here. We hope you both left revitalized and energized and look forward to your visit back to NZ one day in the future.

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Reviewed 16 June 2014

I shared a wonderful weekend with my husband at Moon Gate Villa. The accommodation was excellent and the host wonderful. We felt very special from the time we arrived to the time we departed. The hosts were so helpful and the food was in abundance. I would highly recommend and we will be back. We loved the fact that this accommodation had at most 8 guests and we never saw anyone else while we were there.

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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Michelle W
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biglegsrocky, Owner at Moon Gate Villa, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2014

Thank you Michelle for your great review. We hope to see you back here one day and would be our pleasure to make you both feel special all over again.

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Reviewed 16 May 2014

We stayed at Moon gate for 2 nights but didn't want to leave we fell in love with the place. We were greeted and made to feel at home instantly. The room had plenty of space, was decorated nicely and the outdoor area was perfect for admiring the gardens and lovely night views. BEST bed, so comfortable..... if the breakfasts weren't so delicious we could have stayed in bed all day! What a breakfast it was: a selection of freshly cooked pastries, fruits and cereals, full cooked breakfast AND fruit smoothy!!! They really take that extra step to make sure that the stay perfect. THANKS!!!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

We stayed at Moon Gate Villa for 2 nights. We originally booked for only one night but quickly decided to stay a second. There is plenty to see and do around Kerikeri. Our host, Lionel, was very friendly and welcoming. The whole building is only about 10 years old and so everything looks new. It is inset down a 50 metre garden-lined driveway from the main road and so there is no traffic noise. Entering the majestic front door you are presented with a little river with waterfalls running through the middle.

Our room was relatively large, incorporating a king size bed, desk and small lounge suite, with one side of the room consisting of large windows and doors opening onto the exquisitely appointed garden and lawns. The bathroom was well laid out and scrupulously clean and appointed with modern fittings. The rooms are spacious - no need to dodge open clashing doors as found in pokey hotel rooms or find things in hidden pull-outs like they were an after thought. This building feels like it was built for purpose and you very quickly feel at home.

I've stayed in hotels all around the world and I'd have to say that the attention to detail and perfectionism displayed by Lionel is almost overwhelming. Lionel recommended local restaurants which also turned out to be excellent.

The full breakfast consisted of fresh fruit and cereals, croissants, homemade muffins (!), freshly squeezed juice, ham and cheese, as well as cooked options such as bacon, eggs, sausages, mushrooms, and so on. Excellent espresso coffee made to your preference. There is something for everyone here. Again, I don't believe I've had better service and quality anywhere.

I could go on with superlatives but it would sound over the top and gushing, if it doesn't already. Best to see it for yourself.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

Stayed two nights in cottage in garden. Extremely well equipped with first rate bedroom, lounge area, kitchen and shower room. Private balcony ideal for sitting out at night looking at stars and milky way with almost no light pollution. Can only describe it as brilliant and superb value for money. Lionel as host is friendly and really helpful. Would definitely stay again if in area.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 March 2014

Having traveled round South Island New Zealand staying at B & Bs in 1999 with great success we decided to go to the North Island this year from Australia where we were staying with our daughter. We booked at Moon Gate Villa and were delighted to have a great welcome from Lionel and see what a beautiful place it was. The swimming pool was beautifully warm and the gardens full of the most lovely plants and very peaceful. Our room was spacious and had everything in it and more than a 5* hotel! Needless to say our breakfasts were delicious and our host pointed us in all the right directions for restaurants nearby and of course what to see in the area. If we go back th the North Island, that is where will will make for!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Margaret W
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

We stayed here for a family reunion and were impressed as soon as we arrived. Lionel (and the dogs) gave us such a warm welcome, we immediately felt at home. The rooms and cottage have everything you could need, the beds are luxuriously comfortable and the garden and pool delightful. Then there is the delicious breakfast of tropical fruits, croissants, toast, cheese/ham, and great coffee. We will definitely be back on our next visit. Thanks Lionel for looking after us so well. Highly recommended!

Room Tip: All 3 rooms are great.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Thank LucybNZ
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Additional Information about Moon Gate Villa

Address: 462 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri 0293, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Kerikeri
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 28 Speciality Lodging in Kerikeri
Price Range: £118 - £185 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Moon Gate Villa 5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Inspired by the shape of Cupid’s bow, Moon Gate Villa was originally designed for a romance novelist. Its timeless and elegant design offers sumptuous accommodation surrounded by 1.5 acres of gardens, waterfalls and reflective pools. Private suites feature luxury linens, in-house movies, exclusive guest lounge and access to the heated pool.Free hi-speed Internet and a full breakfast is included in all our rates. Evening dining by arrangement. A hidden treasure, 2 minutes from Kerikeri village in the heart of the Bay of Islands. ... more   less 
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