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“My Best stay in New Zealand” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kamahi Cottage

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Kamahi Cottage
Ranked #1 of 4 Otorohanga B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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Tucson, Arizona
1 review
“My Best stay in New Zealand”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2006

After a stunning scenic drive up the hills, we actually drove past the cottage. We thought, we couldn't be staying here, this is too amazing. Elisabeth was a stellar hostess. Such a beautiful stay and the gardens and views were absolutely amazing. She had homemade brownies waiting for us. Elisabeth cooked us a fantastic dinner, that I later got recipes for. She topped that with a fantastic breakfast. I strolled the gardens and went for a walk in the hills. My only disappointment was that I only stayed one night. If you want a place to relax and unwind, this is it.

  • Liked — the hostess
  • Disliked — that i stayed only one night
  • Tips/Secrets — give yourself a full day to relax.
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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brooklyn, new york
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2006

In all of our travels around the North Island, Kamahi Cottage was the most lovely, cozy, and accomodating of all the places we stayed. We had a very exhausting day caving in Waitomo and were thrilled to drive up to Kamahi Cottage to find the cutest little cottage filled with homemade treats and delicious wines. I slept on the pull out couch which surprisingly was very very comfy (honest!) and my sister and brother in law took the loft. In the morning we awoke to a lovely sunrise and the sound of birds singing. The owner Liz could not have been sweeter to us. She cooked us a fantatstic homemade breakfast and showed us around her farm. We only had one day in Waitomo and we were generally sad to leave Liz and her delightful home! If you have the chance, I would most definitely make a stop here. In all the New Zealand adventures we had, our stay at Kamahi cottage was at the top of the list. ---Lizzy

  • Liked — Everything was fantatic...cottage, views, food!
  • Disliked — I didn't get to stay long enough!
  • Tips/Secrets — Stay a couple days to really make use of it,
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lilyzebra
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Wellington
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2006

My husband and I recently spent a night at Kamahi Cottage. This was at the end of an enjoyable yet busy week on holiday in Auckland and the idea was to have a quiet and luxurious country experience before heading back home to Wellington. We weren't disappointed - the experience, albeit a brief one, left us feeling recharged, pampered and very satisfied with the money we had spent. Highlights included the beautiful and expansive views from the cottage, the delicious home cooking, the yummy complimentary toiletries, the bagpipes at dusk, and the warmth and graciousness of the hospitality we were shown. Guests have the cottage all to themselves (it is situated on the property of the owners/hosts) and it is completely self-contained, which add to a sense of privacy and independence. We will certainly be recommending Kamahi Cottage to our family and friends and anyone looking for a peaceful and indulgent bed and breakfast experience in this little part of the world.

  • Liked — Home Cooking
  • Disliked — No bath
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Wellingtonite
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New Delhi
Level Contributor
13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2006

Wonderful Farmstay experience up in the mountains in the beautiful Waitomo Caves area, Great location with a great cottage. Tough we just had breakfast but it was great especially with the hostess a wonder ful place.Great place to spend a quite time with a family/friends.

  • Liked — THE COTTAGE
  • Disliked — Telivision
  • Tips/Secrets — Great Place to sweep your other half.....
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Raman Deep J
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Milton Keynes
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2006

Kamahi Cottage is a real find - tucked away approx 12km from town with the most spectacular views and faultless hospitality it was a real eye opener for a fresh look at B&B. Blew away all my expectations!!!
The hosts were aware of our very tight scedule and went out of their way to assist our stay at the cottage. Home cooked food to die for!! Accomodation both luxurious and practical with special little details such as free homemade schnapps for the brave and reading materials abundant and relevant to the surrounding area. Our very short stay was a blow.... it was way too short!! such a place needs time to really appreciate its charm.

A real credit to the New Zealand hospitality and way of life - the best place we stayed in the whole 15 days!! Highly recommend for secret hide-away or honeymoon location. Quiet seclusion will not suit all but if looking for a place to put up your feet and take stock of life there's none better.

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Woodgate Beach Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2006

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!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2006

Our family of four (two parents and two kids, aged 6 and 2) arrived at Kamahi Cottage after dark, after skipping lunch, and after more than seven hours of driving New Zealand's unfamiliar roads and roundabouts. My husband was suffering the aftermath of food poisoning that had hit the previous night, and we were all completely exhausted and beyond cranky. Within moments of the warm welcome we received from our host, Liz, we began coming back to life. She met us in the gravel driveway and helped us into the beautiful little home that is Kamahi Cottage, where freshly baked cookie bars awaited us on the table, along with cold lemon syrup in the fridge for making lemonade. Then, she brought us a gourmet dinner. More on that later. First, the cottage:

It is a lovely self-contained, newer building, with oiled wooden floors, cozy furniture, books and magazines, attractive decor, a kitchenette stocked with every amenity for coffee and/or tea, and a beautiful upstairs bedroom complete with a sheepskin rug on the floor and a fur throw on the bed. The couch downstairs folds out into a bed, which is where the kids slept. The garden surrounding the cottage is well kept and thoughtful, with sheep grazing in the pasture outside the fence. It's so dark that on a clear night, the view of the Milky Way is unbelievable. And, there's a great range of New Zealand wines in the cottage, which you may choose from at your leisure and at cost, if you wish. Glasses of port from the crystal decanter, however, are free!

Now, on to dinner. It costs extra and you must reserve it in advance, but it is worth every penny. Kamahi Cottage is out of town -- well out of town. Depending on what time you plan to arrive, you'll probably just want to relax and enjoy a cozy dinner in, and you can do so either in the cottage or in the main home of Liz and Evan. We ate in the cottage, as we felt we wouldn't be ideal dinner guests after the day's ordeal. Liz is a gourmet cook, and she arrived bearing hot, homemade tomato soup and freshly baked bread. Fantastic. Then, the main course: Moroccan chicken with couscous and vegetables. It was just what we needed, and absolutely delicious. Then -- dessert! Liz had baked us individual chocolate cakes with fresh raspberry sauce, a dusting of powdered sugar, and just-whipped cream. Everything was delightful. My husband was terribly sorry he was still feeling ill and couldn't eat more.

Before she left for the night, Liz asked if we had any special requests for breakfast in their home the next morning. She began to list her specialties -- the kids' ears perked right up when they heard "pancakes," and so that was settled. Shortly before we were ready to visit the main home for breakfast, we heard a beautiful, mournful sound of bagpipes playing outside. It was Evan, practicing his instrument. We truly felt as though we were as far as we could be from home in Southern California, and we felt as though we were right at home at Kamahi Cottage.

That feeling continued as we ate the delicious breakfast of pancakes (plus toast, fruit, yogurt, cereal, tea, juice, etc.) in Liz and Evan's home. The children ate quickly, then began to behave as children do ... and before we knew it, Liz had taken them outside to play while we finished our breakfast and chat with Evan. They picked flowers and crab apples in the beautiful, extensive home garden and played with the friendly, spunky house cat. They didn't want to leave. Neither did we. You won't be disappointed with Kamahi Cottage -- it was one of our nicest experiences of true New Zealand hospitality.

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Property: Kamahi Cottage
Address: 229 Barber Road, Rewarewa RD 5, Otorohanga 3975, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Otorohanga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Otorohanga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Kamahi Cottage 5*
Number of rooms: 1
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 

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