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Marlin House Bed & Breakfast
3.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   15 Bayview Road | Bay of Islands, Paihia, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #12 of 23 Paihia B&B and Inns
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“Fabulous B&B”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Marlin House B&B was our final accommodation in New Zealand during our two weeks road trip. And it was the most appropriate closing! Fabulous B&B, in a quiet location amongst trees on the hillside overlooking the Bay of Islands. We had requested the green room which was spacious, with a dinner table and a couch and antique furniture. The bathroom was large, comfortable and squeaky clean. Roger and Lynda are wonderful hosts and extremely friendly. The breakfast offered was both continental and cooked and was delicious. On Christmas Eve tropical cyclone Evan hit the area with rain and strong winds thus cancelling our celebratory plans. Lynda and Roger, hosted us and another guest to a wonderful get together with sparkling wine and figure food and we had a memorable time that we will always cherish. Thank you to Lynda and Roger for a wonderful stay. Marlin House is a fantastic B&B in Paihia and is highly recommended!

  • Stayed December 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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Deventer, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Marlin House was our first real stay (B&B) on our trip hrough NZ after arriving in Auckland the day before. We couldn't have had a better start! Lynda and Roger made our short visit to the Bay of Islands very special. They were very friendly, warm and for us "never-been-this-far-away-from-home-people" very helpful! They gave us very good advise about what to do with our little time we had to spent in Pahia, although we could have have spent much more time just chatting with them.

The rooms were very tidy, and a nice place to relax in the evening after a very busy day. The breakfest was superb (the best we had on our trip!), especially the day we took off. Roger made us a very large portion of scrambled eggs because "we had to eat good to be prepared for the long drive".

Lynda and Roger: thanx for the very warm welcome to New Zealand!

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

Wonderful quiet location on hillside above Paihia waterfront, with fabulous view over Bay of Islands - the room and bathroom were spacious & comfortable - off road secure parking - breakfast was excellent, whatever you wanted - easy walking to beach restaurants and activities - Lynda & Roger are excellent hosts and gave valuable local advice - there is a lot of motel accommodation in the area, but this is hugely better for around the same price .....so!....

Room Tip: Green room was excellent
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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 January 7, 2013

We spent 3 nights with Lynda and Roger over New Year, and it was wonderful. The room was huge - really spacious and in a standalone unit so you have lots of privacy. Immaculate presentation of the room as well, very comfortable and everything was provided that you could ask for. Lovely hosts - we felt like family and were honoured when Lynda and Roger asked us up on to the top terrace to watch the fireworks at midnight! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will never stay anywhere but here when in the area. Nothing was too much trouble and we were very reluctant to leave as you made our stay in NZ very special. Great breakfast, great chat and a gorgeous setting, very close to the beach and centre in a beautiful quiet resort. We will return!! Thanks again for a great stay! Lorraine & Andy.

  • Stayed December 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 November 12, 2012

Another long overdue review -- life happens! But the Marlin House had to be one of the most beautiful and delightful places that we had stayed at anywhere. Roger ad Lynda, our host and hostess should get a medal for being the perfect hosts. From the first contact with them in the booking process to our good-byes, they were amazing -- like family --the family you really like!
The location up a hill just off the main road of delightful Paihia, but the walk is not bad at all. But when you are up there in your room or on the terrace outside your room or at the breakfast table on the terrace, the views of the gorgeous Bay of Islands is magnificent -- as it the lush greenery and vegetation at Marlin House and all around.
The meals were superb and the atmosphere could not have been better.
Our room was beautiful and the whole experience was one that we will never forget.
Yes we would go back! Yes we would recommend this gem! Yes we would want to stay a lot longer. This is pure charm. Thanks Roger and Lynda!

  • Stayed December 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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

This wasn't our first time as guests at Marlin House B&B, but our second stay there.

Having a break from the cold of the south Island and inparticular the Earthquakes of Christchurch. What a welcome relief to visit the warmth of the top of the North Island.

Roger and Lynda deserve some words of appreciation for all the passion and dedication they've conveyed in their B&B.
They're very nice people and make perfect hosts: welcoming, thoughtful, helpful, they make you feel like special guests and do their best in order to make your stay in Paihia as pleasant as possible.

The rooms are very tidy and clean, and Marlin house overall is a cosy and welcoming environment, it feels just like you're at home.

The breakfast is superb, that's what it takes to get off to a good start in the morning before venturing into the township of Paihia and beyond.

Marlin house in my opinion is the ideal place to stay for those visitors who are looking for a friendly and easy-going accommodation providing good quality and professional service.

Keep up the good work Roger and Lynda, and we hope to be your guest again very soon!

Stayed 3 nights July 20th-23rd , traveled with Husband

J Scott


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  • Stayed July 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 April 23, 2012

We had a wonderful 4 nights at Marlin House despite the wet weather. We stayed in the Gold room which was beautifully furnished and had great views of the bay. Lynda and Roger are a very hospitable couple and they want you to enjoy yourself and their home.

The B&B is just a couple of minutes walk into town where you can take boat trips all over the region. We had a short hop over to Russell and visited the Pompallier Mission where they show you how pamplets were made and bound. We also took a trip to KeriKeri and visited NZ's earliest trading post at the KeriKeri Mission which includes the oldest wooden house to survive and the unique stone store.

Room Tip: The Gold room is the most spacious and has great views of the bay.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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Address: 15 Bayview Road | Bay of Islands, Paihia, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Marlin House Bed & Breakfast 3.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Marlin House is a comfortable colonial-style home set in a subtropical garden with ample off-street parking.Substantial decks provide stunning views of the Bay of Islands. An easy four minute walk to the beach, wharf, cafe's, restaurants and central Paihia. Marlin House offers three generous sized suites, each with a private entrance, a sitting and dinning area, ensuite, fridge, microwave and TV. Tea and coffee making facilities are alson provided.With Rogers restaurant/chef, experience we look forward to treating you to a special breakfast which will ensure a great start to the days many activities this region has to offer. Tailord excursions or activities can be orgainised. Lunch hampers and evening meals are available by arrangement. ... more   less 
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