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“Can't get any better!!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Clearwater Retreat
610 Puketona Road, Paihia, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #17 of 23 Paihia B&B and Inns
Gent
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“Can't get any better!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2012

It was a perfect ending of our New Zealand trip. We spent six days with Jeannie and Greg and they were amazing hosts. Great surroundings, comfortable room, perfect knowledge of the area.
Every morning we received an amazing breakfast with fresh fruit and homemade bread. Jeannie baked some great cakes, she even prepared a lunchbox with cake and fresh cream. They really made us feel at home.
The room was comfortable and had a great view overlooking the river.
Jeannie and Greg are very open minded and have a great sense of humour and they respect your privacy. I am certain that when we return to New Zealand, we will stay with them again.
Thank you very much for the wonderful time. xxx Nathalie and Els from Belgium

Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ancaster, ON
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

We had left a great B&B in Waiheke and had just driven 3 hours to Clearwater Retreat. I had just had my best B&B stay in Waiheke and thought there was nothing else close to it.... I was wrong. Greg & Jeannie are just incredible, this was a top notch experience from the first moments we met them.

Upon arrival- tea, coffee and a great chocolate cake & fresh cream that Jeannie made. They were great conversationalists and make terrific suggestions for restaurants, excursions.... we were so happy.

Next- the room. WOW!! Spotless, comfy bed, great shower, view of the river with a great deck. Rose petals on the bed....Sunny & bright, was the perfect choice for staying near Paihia. Later that first evening, they invited us to have wine with them in their living room, getting to know them was a highlight for us-they are an incredible couple.

Breakfasts- Greg makes the best bread I have ever had in my life.... being a carb -aholic this is quite a statement, but true! The breakfast was fabulous and they asked daily what you preferred and delivered. They even had breakfast ready for us at 6:30 am so we could go diving - so hospitable. The last day we had breakfast on the back deck with the river so close, just peaceful. No better way to start your day.

Greg made reservations for us at a local winery for our last night and went above and beyond for us to ensure it was a special night. My husband & I will never forget this thoughtful gesture.

Clearwater Retreat is a great location for the Bay of Islands and even driving to Ninety Mile Beach, I would say it would be a great base for this area. Greg & Jeannie know so much about the area and will not lead you astray. They want this to be a special experience for their guests and they deliver. They work so well as a team to make your time at their home memorable.

Thank you to both of you for a fabulous stay. You helped make our New Zealand adventure special.

Room Tip: not sure of the other room available, but we had the riverview room.
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  • Stayed January 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 28, 2011

This is in fact the best BB we ever visited: The hosts were very friendly and very helpful (we really felt like visiting some distant relatives). The room was very nicely furnished, with a terrace and a great view, overlooking the river. The breakfast was great, with homemade bread. We highly recommend a stay there!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2011

We stayed at Clearwater Retreat for two nights in February and we had a wonderful stay. Jeanne an Greg made us feel so very welcome as soon as we arrived at their beautiful house by the river. We really felt that they cared about us as their guests. Jeanne had baked a wonderful lemon cake! The accomodation was very luxory and comfortable. Our room was spacious and beautifully furnished. The breakfasts oh the terrace was first class in every way. We would highly recommend this place!
Jeanne and Greg - Thank you for all service you gave to us during our stay and for your great hospitality and nice talks! We really would like to return one day!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2011

During our holiday in NZ we stayed in 15 different places. Nowhere else we found a better combination between accomodation, hospitality and location. Jeannie and Greg are great hosts ! They think of every detail. If you need something, you can just ask them.
As a first location, it couldn't have been better, and it never got any better!
Over here in Belgium we're still thinking about the place, the friendship, the breakfast ...
Thanks Jeannie and Greg X

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Lehrte, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2011

We stayed for two nights and had a great stay. Jeannie and Greg are great hosts. The breakfast is gorgeous and the best we had in NZL.
Dirk

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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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Beringen Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2011

We felt very welcome by the helpfull and friendly hosts Jeannie and Greg. When we arrived at the Clearwater Retreat they made us feel at home instantly in their magnificent home at riverside.Breakfast was delicious with ao home made bread and fresh fruit. The room was spacious and comfortable, firts class.
Highly recommended!
Jeannie and Greg, best greetings from Paul and Michèle.

  • Stayed February 2011, 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
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Also Known As:
Clearwater Retreat Paihia, Bay Of Islands
Address: 610 Puketona Road, Paihia, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #17 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Paihia
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