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“Romantic Charm” 4 of 5 stars
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Riverhead Guest House
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3.5 of 5 Guest house   |   2097 Horeke Road, Horeke 0475, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Horeke B&B and Inns
Auckland, New Zealand
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“Romantic Charm”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

This beautiful old house is embued with romantic charm, looking out over its garden to the upper reaches of the Hokianga Harbour. Diane and Ross are most welcoming helpful hosts. The three little dogs are cute companions. The bedrooms are delightfully decorated to accentuate the charm of the building. There are four guest bedrooms on the upper floor which all share one small bathroom. On the ground floor there is another guest bedroom with its own French window access to the garden and also with its own pretty en-suite bathroom.The one drawback with our bedrooms was the window covering. There were pretty lace curtains but no blinds or curtains to block out bright moonlight or early morning light. Dinner was pleasant straightforward home cooking. Breakfast here does not usually include a cooked breakfast but as we did not want Diane's muesli she kindly cooked eggs fresh from their own hens. However, I would expect a cooked breakfast to be a standard offering in a bed and breakfast guest house of this style. But it was a lovely friendly stopover.

Room Tip: The downstairs room has its own bathroom, the others do not.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

We arrived at this guest house tired and a bit dishevelled after cycling from Kawakawa. It truly was a sight for sore eyes! From the moment we glimpsed the property while cycling into Horeke we knew we were in for a great time and some well earned R & R.
Our hosts, Dianne and Ross, made us feel welcome right from the moment we cycled up their drive. The property was immaculately groomed and our double room more than comfortable - it had a separate entrance (as well as an en suite with gorgeous towels and fragrant toiletries for our use).
We were warmly welcomed, immediately offered refreshments/drinks on our arrival - but left to do our own thing if we wanted. Dinner was a sumptuous roast and a delicious chococlate cake..what more could any cyclists want after a day in the saddle?! Breakfast was stunning - couldn't go past the Bircher Museli! Riverhead is an oasis of calm and relaxation with warm and caring hosts. We highly recomend it.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Can't say enough about the warm, welcoming atmosphere at Riverhead Guest House. It's old world charm and beautiful peaceful setting is just the thing to revive the tired senses. Hosts Dianne and Ross and Nana Veronica pull out all the stops to make sure your stop with them is something to be remembered and cherished for years to come. And after experiencing first hand the work that goes on behind the scenes to make sure every visitor has the ultimate experience in comfort and cleanliness, I encourage anyone looking for a relaxing getaway to visit their website. And their 3 small dogs are a treat for any animal lover.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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 March 24, 2013

We booked in to Riverhead Guest House for a 'girls weekend away' and had an amazing time. The setting is superb with beautiful gardens and a view over the Hokianga harbour. Ross and Dianne made us all feel very welcome and nothing was too much trouble. The breakfasts were yummy, especially the museli and homemade bread. The boulders are well worth a visit, as is the historic hotel within easy walking distance of the guest house. Highly recommended for a quiet relaxing retreat.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2097 Horeke Road, Horeke 0475, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Horeke
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Horeke
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riverhead Guest House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 4

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