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Shoal Bay Estate, Great Barrier Island

Shoal Bay, Tryphena, Great Barrier Island, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

stayed here fro Easter 2015 with 2 preschoolers and my mum over from Scotland. Val and Francis are amazing hosts, we had an amazing time tootling around the island and enjoying fabulous breakfasts and hospitality. The sand pit and egg fetching from chicken run a massive hit with our boys.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Shoal Bay Estate and Great Barrier Island exceeded my expectations of this island only 25 minutes from Auckland. The owners were very helpful and hospitable and the breakfasts were legendary! We were there three mornings and each morning there were new homemade breakfast delights. Shoal Bay is a very sheltered bay and the Estate looks out over it - they... More 

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Auckland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Spent 3 days at Shoal Bay Estate with a group of friends. Val & Francis are fantastic hosts and nothing was too much trouble. Breakfasts were substantial and if you choose to have dinner there then you will not leave hungry. Great Barrier is simply stunning and with Shoal Bay renting cars and kayaks you have no excuse for not... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Spent a wonderful weekend here for my husbands birthday with our 2 teenage kids. The rooms were lovely overlooking the bay which we kayaked around. So peaceful with nice hosts and good food. Felt totally at home here, very relaxing.....

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

Val and Francis are brilliant hosts. Friendly and relaxed despite being super busy when I visited (weekend of the garden tours). Great Barrier Island is such a special place and Shoal Bay is a magical little corner to spend time in. Lovely gardens. Free range chooks. Kaka everywhere! Val and Francis at warm and generous people - only too happy... More 

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Auckland New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Spent 3 nights at shoal bay for a wedding.val and francis are excellent hosts.nothing was too much trouble.great barrier island is a paradise and shoal bay is a wonderful place to stay. Highly recommended.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Good hosts, very accommodating, and a nice room. Handy to have a hire car from the same place. We had one dinner with them and it was nice. It a good place to explore Great Barrier Island from. Great three days.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Val and Francis are the most hospitable and friendliest hosts, they certainly made us feel welcome in their home. They had a brilliant knowledge of the Island and great tips of things to do and see (Kaitoke Hot Springs is a must do!) We had dinner with them one night – Val is an amazing cook – so recommend you... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Flight leaving the island were cancelled and we needed somewhere to stay , Val and Francis and the Shoal Bay Estate was just the place to spend the extra time, What a lovely place, great hosts and awesome meals. we did not go hungry. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a fantastic place to chill out and relax.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Lovely home away from home. Top notch hosts. Pick up from airport. Able to hire a car for exploring the island. Very well fed. Lodge spacious, welcoming, clean and tidy. Val and Francis were fabulous hosts - very accommodating. Loved listening to their stories over meals. Definitely return during a summer so we can explore further, fish and kayak. Very... More 

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