Finding quality accommodation in rural areas of New Zealand can be difficult. What a discovery then is Kamahi cottage nestled in the beautiful King Country just north of Waitomo. We have been fortunate to have stayed at Kamahi cottage twice in the past 12 months and enjoyed not only the luxury accommodation on offer, but experienced some of the most hospitable and generous hosts (the Cowan family) that you could ever meet. This part of rural New Zealand has some spectacular scenery as well some fantastic local attractions such as the spellbound glowworm caves, blackwater rafting, Altura wildlife park (which our 7 yr old daughter loved) horsetreks, open gardens, the Kiwi House in Otorohanga ( much better than the one at Rotorua); there is also some great art, craft and galleries within a short drive.
Kamahi cottage is part of a working farm located adjacent to the owner’s house, but with complete privacy and self contained facilities. The cottage sits on a hill with breathtaking rural views from the front deck and also from the loft style bedroom. Liz’s magnificent breakfasts can be eaten in the cottage or served in the family dining room in the main house. Dinners are available by arrangement and I’d recommend guests take this option for sure; not only for Liz's great cooking but to sit around their dining table and enjoy the company of Liz and Evan as well as to share their local knowledge of tours and places worth visiting. Every time we returned to the cottage from a day out, there would a little surprise of delicious home baked goodies waiting. If you have forgotten to bring a bottle of wine; no problem, the cottage has its own cellar selection with some of NZs best wine labels to choose from. Nothing seems to be too much trouble at Kamahi and any request is attended to without fuss. The only problem with Kamahi cottage – finding somewhere as good to stay when you leave!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kamahi Cottage is a 5-Star country cottage, self-contained B&B and farm stay. It's just 30 minutes from the Waitomo glowworm caves, Black Water Rafting and "Lost World" adventures. The cottage is peaceful, private and romantic - set in a beautiful country garden with panoramic hilltop views. There is an upstairs queen bedroom, spacious downstairs bathroom, fully equipped kitchenette, plus stylish lounge and dining area. A comfortable queen sofa-sleeper is also available downstairs. (Max. 4 guests, children are very welcome). Rates include full gourmet breakfasts. Privately catered 2 & 3-course dinners are available by prior arrangement. ... more less