Mark was so helpful during our stay at Takaka. He helped us with organising our sea kayaking trip and made a great recommendation for a visit to a lovely beach. The room was vast, welcoming and very comfortable. The attention to detail at the Shady Rest is very evident. The breakfast was great and Mark even gave us a lift to a restaurant in Takaka he recommended where the owner gave us a lift home afterwards! It is really worth going to Takaka to experience the slower pace of Kiwi life and Mark as a host couldn't have been more friendly and accommodating.