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“Great weekend away” 5 of 5 stars
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Bushaven
End TeWaiti Stream Road | Urutawa Forest,, Opotiki P O Box 417, New Zealand   |  
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Whakatane, New Zealand
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great weekend away”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Our work social-club went to Bushaven for the weekend. John from Bushaven took us to the start of the track in the shuttle and some of us hired bikes, which were excellent quality and came with seat padding - fantastic! 6 of us did the bike from 9km above the Pakahi track back to the Bushaven. It was a great ride. The track is pretty narrow a lot of the way so requires some skill to keep on the track, but there is lovely scenery of the bush and river along the way. The terrain is mostly downhill. We had a great lunch stop at the hut. Some of the others did a bike trip along the dunes. We all stayed at Bushaven that night (about 15 of us). They have a good range of rooms and good facilities. Check out the glow worms nearby. Some of us did bushwalks/ bike rides the next day too. We definitely recommend this to anyone keen for some adventure/ relaxing in the bush.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Bushaven is in a great location with excellent facilities for mountain biking and any group. The forest setting is lovely and there's lots of space inside and out - great water pressure for wet and miuddy gear after riding!, helpful and knowledgeable hosts, and access to some wicked bike tracks. Highly recommend!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

We had a large group of mountain bikers and John could not have been more helpful, both prior to our arrival and then with imparting local knowledge. The facilities were awesome - every accommodation building has its "own space" which made it nice and private.

John shuttled us to the Motu track and we had an awesome ride back with the added bonus that the track comes out very close to Bushaven itself so there is no need to get picked up at the end.

A nice tranquil riverside location which was much more relaxing than staying in a town with all the hassles of noise and worrying about the security of our bikes.

Overall a great place to stay with an extremely friendly and helpful owner-operator. Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bushaven, Manager at Bushaven, responded to this review, October 18, 2012
Thanks for your kind comments Dave, appreciate.
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2012 via mobile

Amazing location and facilities, we camped and there was everything you needed! lovely bathroom with hot water Much needed after a very long days cycling. Great location for the Motu track which are epic!! John was a great host, full of local knowlegde he even came out to look for us when we were running late, basically a really nice guy!
Already planning our next trip!!
Would def recommend Bushaven to anyone who loves cycling or the great outdoors!!

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bushaven, General Manager at Bushaven, responded to this review, May 7, 2012
Hi S and L - Thanks for your kind comments, Looks like you may be the first ones to have done the Pakahi Track at night. I have told your story many times and no one knows of any one else, indeed, I shuttled some guys from Gisbourne last weekend who were planning to be the first, to late bro!
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Additional Information about Bushaven

Address: End TeWaiti Stream Road | Urutawa Forest,, Opotiki P O Box 417, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Opotiki
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 Specialty lodging in Opotiki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Comfortable assorted accommodation and camping set in native bush within the Urutawa Scenic Reserve alongside the pristine TeWaiti stream. A range of accommodation including a five bedroom house, Love shack, bunkhouse, small batches and a small camp ground, all with full utilities. All have decks and use of BBQ's. Several walking,tramping and mountain biking tracks are very close by including The Motu Trails which is 10 minutes ride off the Pakahi track. ... more   less 

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