After driving from Auckland to the Bay of Islands, we were glad to reach Morepork Lodge, our B&B for the next two nights. As soon as we drove in we felt welcome as there was a sign outside the door welcoming us all. Then the front door opened and Paul and Barbara welcomed us as if we were old friends. What a fantastic couple - perfect hosts and the epitome of what you would expect of any B&B. After settling into our delightful rooms (with the added bonus of a hamper of goodies including delicious freshly picked grapes from their own vines) we joined Paul and Barbara in the garden for coffee and nibblies. We were then able to find out from them what would be the best attractions for us to see in our very limited time in the Bay of Islands. When we decided on our adventure for the next day, Paul kindly offered to ring up and book it for us straight away and all we needed to do then was pay him upon checkout - so much easier.
When afternoon tea was over, Paul took us for a wander through their amazingly beautiful property, including a visit to the Morepork owls living in one of the trees by the river as well as their pet goat and alpacas, Anzac and TimTam. Even the chooks were up for a cuddle.
Breakfast was fantastic and we were spoiled even further by some delectable figs which Barbara bought the day before in her travels. We were even able to order dinner for the night before we left at a very reasonable price, which included wine, and the delightful company of our hosts.
I could not recommend Morepork Lodge highly enough. Beautiful home and property but most importantly the perfect hosts, Paul and Barbara. Thank you so much for making our stay so memorable and special.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Morepork Riverside Lodge Paihia, Bay Of Islands