My husband and I stayed in the River Cottage for 3 nights over Labour Weekend. I was hoping to book the Magic Cottage, but it was already booked, so we were offered this as an alternative and were very happy. Anna was extremely helpful during the booking process and made it easy for us.
From the moment we got out of the car when first we arrived (late afternoon), we felt that we were in a very special place and immediately started to unwind.
Our cottage was perfectly neat and clean, and well equipped with everything we needed. I liked how all the products were eco-friendly, and the fresh flowers were a lovely touch.
On our first evening we ventured out for dinner to Food Wharepuke (which Ian recommended to us), and had a superb meal - we also went back on the Sunday night as it was so good!
Takou River is a stunning, tranquil place to stay. The birdlife is amazing and the grounds are beautifully kept. On our first day we just relaxed in our cottage, reading, listening to birdsong and enjoying the view from our upstairs living area. In the evening we enjoyed a pizza at Aegean Pizzeria in Kerikeri and then went to the Cathay Cinemas - both great.
On our second day went in to Kerikeri and visited Palmco (awesome garden centre and excellent cafe!) and Makana chocolate shop. In the late afternoon we made use of the double canoe and paddled up and down the river. We had run out of time to explore the beach but will save that for our next visit! It was just beautiful. Then in the evening we took torches and walked to see the glow worms by the river, which was magical.
There are a number of walks around the property but we were content just to have some R&R. Overall we had a wonderful stay and went home feeling rejuvenated. I highly recommend this as a relaxing and beautiful place to stay and explore!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set a short distance from Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands and voted one of the Top Ten Luxury Lodges in New Zealand, Magic Cottages at Takou River are secluded and beautiful riverside retreats set on the banks of the picturesque Takou River. Within earshot of the sea at Takou Bay and surrounded by 150 acres of certified organic pasture, native bush and 5 acres of sub-tropical gardens, the 4 cottages and recently completed Lodge provide boutique self-catering accommodation that is eco-friendly yet still indulgent.Peace, seclusion and tranquility abound - a beautiful private river frontage; 150 acres of organic farmland with marked walks along the river bank, through native bush and pastures to secluded swimming and picnic spots; magical glow worms; 5 acres of beautiful sub-tropical gardens to wander and explore; our private jetty and boat house with free kayaks, canoes and fishing rods; and last but not least, access to the beautiful deserted sandy beaches at Takou Bay a short paddle or drive downstream. Once you've finished exploring, relax and unwind in the privacy of your cottage with a pampering massage or spa treatment. To complete your stay, gourmet meals are also available by prior arrangement. Magic Cottages are centrally located to explore the wider Bay of Islands and Far North, yet hidden away from the hustle and bustle amid 150 acres of organic pasture, native bush and river frontage. Enjoy the flourishing birdlife; wander enchanted gardens and riverside walks; paddle to Takou Bay; relax, refresh and romance in the claw foot bath – or bask in the bliss of doing absolutely nothing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Magic Cottages At Takou River Hotel Kerikeri