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Appledore Lodge
4.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   624 Puketona Road | Northland, Paihia 0200, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #6 of 23 Paihia B&B and Inns
Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
“Now THIS is a vacation!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

A spectacular lodge with gracious hosts who are very knowledgeable of the region. Great views and a cute cottage with comfortable amenities. Wonderful location with a short drive to Paihia! A great place to rest and relax while travelling through New Zealand or a weekend getaway from the city. Swimming Pool and Barbecue available for guest use. Would gladly return to this lovely place!

Room Tip: Cottage for the best experience!
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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nomad047, Owner at Appledore Lodge, responded to this review, March 7, 2014
It truly was a joy to meet you, Benny. Your exuberance for life was infectious and we are so pleased that you had a wonderful time at Appledore Lodge. Come back any time!! Kind regards, Colleen and Ashley
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  • Rooms
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Langenwang, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

First of all: THANK YOU, Colleen and Ashley, for the wonderful stay and your help; you are great hosts!! Our holidays couldn't start better: an amazing location, a lovely room and a delicious breakfast. We would love to return and spend more time at this beautiful place!! Best wishes for 2014, Heinz & Marianne

  • Stayed December 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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nomad047, Owner at Appledore Lodge, responded to this review, February 4, 2014
Dear Heinz and Marianne, it was an absolute pleasure to meet you both and to enjoy your company. Thank you for your kind words and we sincerely hope that you will return one day as we so enjoyed chatting to you both. We hope the car tyre lasted for the rest of your trip! Kind regards, Colleen and Ashley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

We stayed here in November last year. As our first ever night in New Zealand we couldn't have been more welcomed. A fantastic setting, with a very peaceful view over the river, beautiful to sit out on the balcony and enjoy a glass of wine. A good selection of food for breakfast, all wonderfully cooked and displayed, tastes even better! Thank you for a great start to our holiday.

Room Tip: A little out of town, a car is a must!
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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nomad047, Owner at Appledore Lodge, responded to this review, January 26, 2014
Thank you for your kind comments Jan. It was a delight to meet you and the family and we are so pleased that the peace of Appledore Lodge suited your wishes. The summer weather has been glorious for weeks now and we are enjoying the splendour of the gardens and balmy evenings - does that make you wish to return? Kind regards to you all, Colleen and Ashley
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Thank you Colleen and Ashley for making us feel so welcome, both into our luxurious room and your home. The home cooked food was a special touch and well received. We really enjoyed your company as you are special people and appreciated the travel tips. All the best, Donna and Mike.

  • Stayed December 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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nomad047, Owner at Appledore Lodge, responded to this review, January 22, 2014
It was lovely having you to stay with us at Appledore Lodge and we hope to see you back here later in the year. It is always nice to be able to chat so easily to guests such as you both. I have just made some more batches of plum jam as the tree is laden with fruit! We hope your travels to the Middle East went well and that you managed to see all that you wished for.
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Velbert, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Warm hospitality, amazing location, lovely rooms, delicious breakfast.
Colleen and Ashley made us feel at home all the time and set the perfect end point of our Honeymoon in paradise. Unconditional recommendation from Katrin and Matthias

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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nomad047, Owner at Appledore Lodge, responded to this review, January 13, 2014
We loved meeting you both and sharing your enthusiasm for New Zealand and Appledore Lodge. The weather certainly made a perfect ending to your time here and it always makes us happy to know that guests have had the BEST time while with us in the Bay of Islands!
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Nanterre, France
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Many thanks for your kindness! our stay was peacefull and appreciated for our honeymoon Holiday. the view on the river was fantastic! happy new year Colleen and all the best in 2014!
Emilie and Gaëtan

  • Stayed November 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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nomad047, Owner at Appledore Lodge, responded to this review, January 13, 2014
I am so pleased that your stay at Appledore Lodge was something to remember- especially as part of your honeymoon. I am sure you will remember New Zealand forever- not only for its incredible beauty but for the special place it has at the start of your lives together:)
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Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Two nights just wasn't enough at this beautiful, scenic lodge. We were there to celebrate our recent engagement and excitement of our pregnancy, and we were delighted to share that with our host, Colleen. Instead of being shown our rooms immediately as per every other lodge, we were greeted with a friendly invitation into the main home and were greeted by name. After being given refreshments and discussing both our own travel plans and given our hosts personal history and love for the lodge, we were shown our room. We initially stayed in the Victorian Room, a quaint little room with gorgeous natural light and views to the river. We were expecting to then stay our second night in the Riverside room, however, Colleen arranged the Cottage for us so we could experience even more that the Appledore Lodge had to offer and give us a taste at what a Riverside honeymoon could be like, which we appreciated incredibly. The Cottage was breath taking. With over 180 degrees of panoramic views of the river and a superb layout that made us feel at home, we instantly fell in love. A breakfast hamper was beautifully arranged in the kitchen with home made goodies and everything was organised to make us feel like royalty. Colleen even made a visit to us shortly after moving room to make sure everything was in order, which was comforting. With the river so close, the bedroom door had to be kept open overnight to hear the rushing of water of stones. Location was perfect to go north bound or town bound, the hospitality was extraordinary and the facilities (our room, the pool, breakfast hampers etc) were unbelievable. We'll be back again and again, and who knows? Maybe a wedding function too. We highly recommend to all who need to relax in a home away from home.

Room Tip: The Cottage offers the most value for money
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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nomad047, Owner at Appledore Lodge, responded to this review, January 13, 2014
Thank you for your kind and very enthusiastic review, Sam. I so enjoyed meeting you both and sharing your excitement in some of the milestones in your lives. We would love to see you both back here before the baby is born and perhaps for your wedding photos and/or honeymoon- what a special occasion that would be!
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Address: 624 Puketona Road | Northland, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Appledore Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rediscover tranquility and peace to the sound of the Waitangi River gently tumbling over miniature waterfalls and rapids, set in two acres of gently sloping pasture land and only 25 meters from the river bank, you will be spellbound by the views from your pillow and all of our accommodation with 1 kilometer of uninterrupted river frontage views. ... more   less 
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