A couple of kilometres south of Pahia The Retreat lies up a steep private driveway that leads to a collection of bungalows and motel rooms overlooking Pahia Harbour and Russell. Whatever the weather the views are magnificent from the balconies on the main small block of motel style apartments - whether it's a lovely sunset or a shower sweeping over the bay it is sure to captivate.
Our apartment was roomy, laid out well with good kitchen kit to help a self caterer. A good comfy bed and lots of hot water are always a requirement and this place did not fail. More difficult was access to the advertised guest laundry - only useable between 10 am and 6 pm - just the time when guests are unlikely to want to be doing their laundry chores. The reason for the rule is understandable - the laundry room butts up to guest chalet and who wants a washer running at unsociable hours? Help from Jan and co-operative guests sorted it all out for us.
The town offers lots of restaurants, bars and attractions and there is a choice of two supermarkets.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A quiet,secluded natural bush setting set on a 10 acre Penninsula with panoramic uninterrupted seaviews,Northfacing,but only 3 minutes drive to Paihia Central.Bush walks,great Fishing,native bird life and access to the Coastal Walkway A perfect home away from Home ,Friendly Hospitality ,Relaxed Genuine Kiwi Owners ,on site. Prepare to be spoilt.A great place to base your Complete Northland Holiday ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Retreat Paihia, Bay Of Islands