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“Warmth, hospitality, excellent amenities & delicious food” 5 of 5 stars
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Morepork Riverside Lodge
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   846 Puketona Rd., Paihia, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #3 of 23 Paihia B&B and Inns
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“Warmth, hospitality, excellent amenities & delicious food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Great experience right from my first email. I found the Riverview room offered at a special price for the dates we were going to Paihia on a booking site...but was hesitating to book (with cancellation fee) until my visa was granted. I thought it was a long shot, but sent an email out to Paul to see if they could hold the room. The response was immediate, and they held it for us - even without an advance, and at the special rate advertised on the third party site.

Very professional - but at the same time Very personal. Before our trip, they sent us a recommended list of activities along with directions based on the number of days of our stay in order for us to plan. They offered to do the booking too - which we requested for the bay of islands cruise. When we arrived, Paul and Barb helped us with the luggage, and offered us freshly baked muffins and English breakfast tea, as we talked about NZ, the bay of islands, restaurants they could help us make reservations for that night. etc. etc.

The room was comfortable, clean and quiet with all modern amenities of a hotel: toileteries, hair dryer, electric kettle, free snacks/fruits, beach towels, umbrellas (it rains often), small refrigerator and Jacuzzi. And the view (no, its not the bay) from the deck – a vast expanse of rolling green fields with sheep and cattle in the horizon. It’s a 10 min drive from the beach of Paihia. But given that may trip activities will revolve around water, if you can drive, this is a calming haven to return to in the evening.

BREAKFAST – needs a line of its own. Both are excellent cooks. Hot, fresh ingredients from their farm, and made to your request. (Dinner too for an extra charge, if you request it in advance).

I could go on about their hospitality and helpfulness. But in a nutshell – a memorable experience.

Room Tip: Riverview room has the largest bathroom - with jacuzzi. It also has a deck with a great view of the...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

We arrived to find a board outside the door with our names on saying welcome- a very nice touch - and from the minute we met Paul and Barbara they made us feel really at home. Good, comfortable, accomodation with a great view from our room, good breakfasts too. Recommendations for a boat trip and other activites were very helpful. Couldn't have hoped for more.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

I don't know where to start with what to say about Morepork Lodge. This was our second time staying at Morepork and after only 2 nights, we left feeling as though we'd stayed a week!

Paul and Barb are the perfect hosts and are a joy to spend time with. From the moment we arrived, we felt welcome and at home, like we were part if the family.
They laid out some fantastic meals for us, the roast lamb was amazing and the traditional Hangi is a must do!

Our room was very well appointed, clean, comfortable and quiet at night.

Morepork Lodge is nestled in amongst some stunning native bush with a beautiful view of the Waitangi River.

I'd happily go back to Morepork Lodge anytime of year and would recommend it as the best to anyone. Like I said above, we didn't want to leave.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

This was a real find----great room, great view, great hospitality. We spent a month traveling in NZ, staying mostly at B&Bs and this one truly stood out. It was the first stop on our trip, and set a standard that was not easy to live up to. Thanks so much, Barbara, for everything! Molly and Bob, Atlanta, Ga. USA

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 18, 2012

There's hardly any point in writing this review - this place is perfect and everyone has said the same thing. The owners have thought of everything, and make you feel perfectly welcome and at home. The house is beautiful, and our room was lovely. Mr Morepork was not in residence, but the garden was beautiful, and there were friendly alpacas, chooks, and goat with character. We just need to think of an excuse to go back soon !

Room Tip: We stayed in the river View Room. It was huge, with a sweet {private] deck area and [shared] stairs...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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 August 21, 2012

While I write this, I note that EVERY reviewer has rated Morepork "EXCELLENT". My rating is no different - another feather in Morepork's cap.

My wife and I stayed here in Feb 2011 (I know I've indicated a different date above, but that's because Tripadvisor wouldn't let me enter such an old date!). We had a perfectly lovely time here. In fact, I suspect that Morepork had a large role to play in making our visit to Paihia so wonderful. Morepork has become the ideal, against which my wife and I now measure all other hotels / B&Bs across the world.

Pros:
1. Paul and Barbara! They are perfect hosts. I think all the other reviewers talk about this, and for good reason
2. Excellent food! Paul really enjoys his cooking, and it shows. Not only is the food tasty, but the plating is also excellent. As for Barbara's freshly baked bread - yummy!
3. Great location! Morepork is located slightly away from the hustle & bustle - i.e. not near the water (as almost all other acco options seemed to be). There is a lot of greenery around the place, and a lovely river flowing close-by. If you are the type that likes a quiet place, then Morepork is the place to be

Cons (and I'm really nitpicking here):
1. Slightly difficult to find: The board is located slightly "inside". You may end up passing the place and then turning around
2. Car access: Morepork is not located near the centre / market area. A car would be needed to visit these (including reaching the area from where you can take a cruise boat). We had hired a car (and I think a lot of people do that while visiting NZ), and this limitation did not apply

Room Tip: We stayed in the Riverview room, which was excellent. I suspect all the rooms are really good actual...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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 August 20, 2012

We stayed at the Morepork Riverside Lodge for 3 days at the very start of our 4-week trip, and it proved to be an excellent introduction to New Zealand. We woke up every morning to a beautiful view of extremely green rolling hills dotted with sheep, delicious smells of breakfast cooking, and a cheerful word from our host, Paul. 

As it turned out, Paul was one of the most memorable people we met in New Zealand. Coming from America, where hosts tend to stay very aloof, we were surprised and delighted to find Paul extremely open and eager to chat with us. When he asked us if we'd like to stick around for dinner on our first night, we were quick to accept. The lamb he prepared was incredible (he could have charged double and we would have paid it without complaint), and we shared a truly enjoyable evening, chatting with Paul and his other guests, a well-traveled British couple, about the world and our various experiences around it (not having too many of these, we generally did a lot of listening).

The next morning we learned that his culinary skills were not limited to a single lamb dish when he prepared an excellent breakfast, including "streaky" bacon, which was not only delicious, it turned out to be the only bacon in New Zealand that we found to be edible (a typical New Zealander's idea of bacon seems to be a pile of pork fat layered in grease and cooked slightly). We were only slightly surprised when Paul pulled up a chair and asked about our plans for the day, popping up every now and again to ensure that all of his guests had everything they could possibly want. By the time we left, we were well prepared for the day with a full itinerary (including some options and alternatives), weather and sea condition reports, and a cold bottle of water each. 

The remainder of our stay passed in much the same way, and we were both sad to leave. As we headed out the door, my husband and I both did something we've only done twice in our many stays at B&Bs -- gave our host a hug.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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: 846 Puketona Rd., Paihia, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Morepork Riverside Lodge 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to our B&B/Homestay set in 4 acres on the Waitangi River, just out of Paihia Township on the way to Kerikeri. Stroll through gardens & native bush, home to many birds including Moreporks (NZ’s native owl). Tame alpacas, sheep and a goat. All rooms have a king or super king bed, en-suite (one with a large corner bath), TV&DVD, tea & coffee, refrigerator & wireless broadband. Our two river side rooms also have their own deck and a sofa. Puketona room guests have use of a table & chairs on our BBQ deck. Yummy full breakfasts. Gourmet or Light evening meals available. We are "Kiwis" and have traveled extensively throughout NZ and the Pacific. ... more   less 
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