We have just returned from a ten day holiday in the Bay of Islands, staying at the magnificent Allview Lodge. It was simply THE BEST!! After considering many destinations and forms of accommodation, as we were travelling with three teenagers and wanted the ability for everyone to do what they want without looking at each other asking 'what are we doing nowwww?'! Proximity to the beach and bedding configeration were most important, along with being in a place that had enough activities to occupy everyone for ten days...Allview came up on top while planning and certainly didn't let us down :)
From waking on the first morning to a pod of dolphins swimming just off the shore to the day we left nothing could have improved our stay.
Clearly the view is to die for, to get a view you have to accept the property will be elevated, 99 easy steps from the beach for those who care about these things!
In the evening you can lie in bed and listen to the waves lapping the shore.
The property is beautiful, in practical terms (and in relation to another reviewers comment) obviously the property is fitted out with 'hard surfaces' due to its proximity to the beach, and ease of cleaning... We had no problems with noise, we were travelling with three teenagers who occupied the larger room and even at 'teenage volume tv' we only had to shut our door to cancel the noise out.
The walk around the bay to Paihia can be done easily at low and high tide with a tiny bit of clambering around the rocks at high tide.
Breakfasts were AMAZING, there is a fantastic choice, and its ALL delicious!
The kayaks provided by Robyn and Peter were put to good use nearly every day, a great facility as you would be less likely to hire them as regularly, cost would mount up.
The activities we did (and recommend are: tandem skydiving at Kerikeri, walk to Waitangi, kayak to Hururu Falls 3 1/2 hours round trip, put on sunscreen! Dolphin Cruise to Hole in the Rock, Horse Ride 90 Mile Beach, Ferry to Russell and walk up Flagstaff, dinner at The Duke of Marlborough, Chocolate shop in Russell...
Thank you Rob, Peter, Anne-Marie, Louis, Clio and kitties for giving us a family holiday that we will remember for ever. We would LOVE to come back!
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December 15, 2012
Thanks for giving us such a great review, it was a pleasure having you all stay with us and we hope that have enjoyed the rest of your stay in NZ. Love to see you again some time in the future. Kindest regards, Robyn, Peter, Cleo, King Louie and cats. Sorry we had to dash away and leave you in Ann-Maree's capable hands.
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