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“Fabulous Base for exploring Whangarei Heads” 5 of 5 stars
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2345 Whangarei Heads Road, Whangarei 0174, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #8 of 32 Whangarei B&B and Inns
Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
“Fabulous Base for exploring Whangarei Heads”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Easter 2013 we made our second visit to "Shores". Our earlier visit in January 2013 was with family and the accomodation was just great for 2 adults and 3 children. Our 2nd visit was with Overseas Adults visitors and we chose the stand alone 2 Bedroom apartment. Our visitors and Us were most impressed with the quality of accomodation and facilities once more. Our Hosts, Lil and Ron treated us like family and were very helpful, no request was ever an issue. We were given very informative brochures and information on the surrounding area and walks available. There are Kayaks , Boogie Boards etc available for those staying in the premises. We were so busy doing other things we plan on returning again and making use of these.Would highly recommend both units available and look forward to our next holiday at "Shores". Very fair and reasonable rates for the excellent quality of accomodation.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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LilRuffell, Owner at Shores Accommodation, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Thanks so much for taking the time to review Shores, and for the generous comments! We have thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and your lovely family and friends - one thing we love about providing accommodation. We believe we live in paradise and we enjoy others enjoying it so much. We're so glad you'll be back! Thanks again.
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
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Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

If you're looking for great accommodation in a peaceful location this is the place for you. Situated across the road from a quiet bay, this is a wonderful spot. You can walk the kayaks down for paddle in the bay or there were plenty of walks near by. The studio is more than a studio - the bedroom is separate and the kitchenette and laundry are in a separate room which makes the living space great. It has everything you need (including plunger for coffee, BBQ, all the kitchenware you need) and is exceptionally clean and tidy. Towels and bedding are nice and there's a stack of DVDs and a couple of board games too. Lil and Ron are lovely and really accommodating. The Bay of Islands is do-able for a day trip from here too. And if you're looking for great beaches closer by they've got that too. We would love to come back - great accommodation, wonderful location, and exceptional value!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LilRuffell, Owner at Shores Accommodation, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Thanks so much for the great comments, we love to see people making the most of the area and you certainly did that. Glad you found the Koru Studio so comfortable. it was a pleasure to meet you both! All the very best to you both.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

My partner and our friends stayed here for New Years week 2012-2013. the accommodation is immaculate and has everything anyone needs away from home! All amenities are there, the beds are sooo comfortable. lil's house is right near by but this is not a bother as they keep to themselves but are more than willing to offer information, help when asked!!!
Locations is a 20 second walk to taurikura bay which is gorgeous - nearby are plenty of other bays and surf beach - ocean beach. Mount Manaia is right on the doorstep as well and is a lovely walk with great views of the heads! Lil is super nice! she offers her own equipment such as tennis racquets, kayaks etc to use at will. Whangarei is about 40min drive if need to stock up on things otherwise there are great cafes, stores, and takeaways nearby!!
This place is fantastic for a couples getaway, small amount of friends or a family!! whangarei heads is a slice of new zealand paradise!

  • 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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LilRuffell, Owner at Shores Accommodation, responded to this review, January 14, 2013
We are so pleased you all had such a great time, it was good to see you all making the most of everything on offer here at Whangarei Heads... We think it's an undiscovered slice of paradise! Thanks for the great review!
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Tauranga, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

This was one of the best family holidays we had, thanks to Lil and Ron from Shores Accommodation. The accommodation is luxurious, comfortable, very tidy and great location. The kayaks and dinghy, available with the accommodation, was great fun and a nice way to explore the beautiful Taurikura Bay and nearby island. Whangarei Heads is a beautiful destination that offers a variety for the whole family; great waves for the surfers along the open coast, calm waters within the bays where smaller children can swim, great fishing, lovely nature walks and a nice golf course only 12 minutes away. We will be back next year.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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LilRuffell, Owner at Shores Accommodation, responded to this review, January 6, 2013
Thanks so much Andries and Ronel, it was a pleasure to have you to stay and see how much you and your children enjoyed yourselves while you were here. There certainly is plenty to do and you made the most of that! We look forward to seeing you again, all the very best!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012 via mobile

After a long haul flight the accommodation is well equipped and comfortable. The beds especially are the most comfortable ever. The owner Lil provided home made muffins in arrival. If you want to stay in this area you won't get better. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LilRuffell, Owner at Shores Accommodation, responded to this review, November 30, 2012
It was wonderful to meet you and we are so glad you had comfortable sleeps after such a long trip! Thanks so much for your positive comments, we are very pleased you enjoyed your stay!
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Additional Information about Shores Accommodation

Address: 2345 Whangarei Heads Road, Whangarei 0174, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Whangarei
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Whangarei
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our accommodation is brand new and purposefully built for comfort and relaxation during your visit. The beach is just across the road.The Manaia Appartment is a two bedroom, fully self-contained apartment, quiet and comfortable with amazing views. Contemporary and top quality Spacious living area, Heat pump, Deck with outdoor furniture, Two double bedrooms, Fully equipped kitchen, Washer / Dryer. Our Koru Studio apartment is very comfortable with a double bedroom and a bunk alcove. Sunny with great views of the beach it is private with a furnished patio area. This apartment has kitchen facilities, a washer and dryer.Both apartments have access to Wireless Broadband, Freeview, 2 kayaks, dinghy, snorkelling gear, tennis and much more! ... more   less 

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