This proved to be a very well-equipped, comfortable and spacious little cottage, with great hosts and friendly animals in the adjoining field. An evening meal provided by the hosts on the evening we arrived was excellent and very good value. Breakfast provisions were generous. Birdsong was sparse during our visit but probably because the weather was not the best. The only improvement would be to have the Wi-fi range extended to reach the cottage. When we were there we had to walk at least half way to the house to get online, but the hosts were talking about getting a range extender installed. It’s all of ten minutes drive into Taupo. Kinloch is closer and a delightful lakeside settlement.
Just to let everyone know, ELVIS is alive and well.....Elvis the 8 week old bottle fed lamb that is..... This is an amazing cottage, beautifully kept and extremely well run by such a lovely couple, Donna and Rex. They were so helpful and couldn’t do enough for us. Thank you both. Throw in the gorgeous alpacas, Harry, Ron and Drago, plus eight or nine hand fed sheep that run to the fence to be fed their nut treats. So friendly and cuddly, you will want to take one home, we wanted to. We had our eyes on Rihanna. Jack the labradoodle and Don the retired herding dog made up this fabulous family. We didn’t get to meet the two cats. We’ve just spent four nights there, nowhere near long enough. So much to see and do in the area, Taupo, Rotorua, Waitomo glowworm caves, Huka Falls, the volcanos etc. It was fantastic! The cottage itself has everything you could possibly need, it’s cosy and very warm with an excellent bathroom. The breakfast provisions are substantial and tasty, we couldn’t finish everything. Thank you SO much Donna and Rex for an amazing stay, it was a highlight of our visit to New Zealand. A pleasure to meet you both and your animal family....…
We stayed two nights in the guest cottage. What a great place! The cottage is roomy and has everything you need. The house is on a beautiful property, about a ten minute drive into Taupo. We really enjoyed chatting with Donna and Rex. Feeding the sheep and alpacas was the best part of the stay, however. It was so much fin to shake the bucket and see them all come running up the hill to be fed. I would highly recommended staying at Bellbird if you want a place to relax outside of the city.
My husband, 9-year old daughter and I stayed here for one night and wish we had stayed longer. We loved feeding the alpaca, sheep and cows. The view over the paddock was bucolic and looked like a story-book. The setting by the pond was so lovely with all the flowers. We also saw rabbits and frogs and lots of birds. The size of the cabin was perfect for us. The kitchen was well stocked and we used the BBQ grill. The hosts provided more than enough breakfast items: fruit, eggs, cereal, milk, juice. They even did a load of laundry for me, thanks! We didn't go into the town of Taupo because we loved this place so much, we preferred to stay there and enjoy the pastoral setting.
Taupo is a must see when travelling New Zealand & for the best accommodation you must try Bellbird Ridge Farmstay B&B you won't regret it, as it is a beautiful tranquil setting with lovely gardens and some cute baby lambs & Alpacas and the wonderful hosts Donna & Rex will ensure your stay is memorable Highly recommended