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Magic Cottages at Takou River

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Set on the most beautiful property, you wake up to the river water and birds. We kayaked down the river to the hot tub... a definite must do! The magic cottage was comfortable, clean and tidy! Ian was so friendly and made us feel so welcome! Will be back again (for longer) for sure!

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takouriver, Owner at Magic Cottages at Takou River, responded to this review

Hi Lucas and KIm, Thanks so much for staying with us at Takou River, and it's great to hear that you had such a wonderful time. Looking forward to welcoming you back again in the not too distant future. All the best, Anna & Ian More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

Very comfy cottages near the beautiful Takou River, friendly hosts and peaceful NZ landscape. - Perfectly suits for someone looking to escape the city chaos. At the same time KeriKeri is close by and is worth a visit. We had a great time and will be back! Thank you Anna & Ian!

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Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

We booked the Magic Cottage for a quick weekend getaway before having our baby. We were worried when we booked the cottage for June that it would run solely on solar power and might be a bit cold and damp. This was not the case! The cottage has a gas heater, water connected to mains and even electric blankets... We... More 

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takouriver, Owner at Magic Cottages at Takou River, responded to this review

Hi Stephanie, We were thrilled to read how much you enjoyed your stay at Takou River, and glad that you found the cottage cosy and romantic too. We love the fact that you enjoyed exploring the river, and heading to Takou Bay, as well as discovering the Hot Tub! This is exactly the experience we hope for our guests! Looking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

Amazing place to stay, even when it pours with rain the whole weekend there's always something to do and it's incredibly relaxing. Would definitely recommend the hot tub experience, incredibly romantic and a great experience. Hosts were incredibly helpful and accomodating.

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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Stayed here for our honeymoon over 7 years ago, and it was sublime! secluded, quiet and absolutely stunning. So perfect for a romantic getaway. Can't wait to go back one day for our anniversary!!!! Service was excellent. And use of kayaks made for fun day adventures to the coast and up the river. Every morning we would wake to the... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2016 via mobile

We stayed at two places in the Bay of Islands - in The Magic Cottage and Cooks Lookout motel in Paihia.Both were similar in that the stand out attraction is the peace and the location. They were also similar in that both had strict rules about ensuring we did our dishes on departure. Something I've never come across before (not... More 

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takouriver, Owner at Magic Cottages at Takou River, responded to this review

Hi Annie and Nick, Thank you for taking time to write a review for us, and we're so glad you had a blissful time and loved the peace and tranquility, the outdoor bath and the chance to de-stress. We just wanted to clarify a couple of things for you and set your mind at ease - as explained in our... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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3 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016

Stayed here for 2 nights to explore the Bay of Islands. Although the setting is lovely, plenty of garden to explore, the accommodation for us was a little underwhelming. The bed was very comfortable and lovely sheets but all in all the cottage didn't seem to be maintained as much as we were expecting and we found it hard to... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016

We stayed at in the River Cottage for a weekend in February and although the weather didn't hold up it was still a tranquil and beautiful place. Very cosy, enjoyed a rooftop candle lit bath under the stars, kayaked the river to the beach and only a quick 20 minute drive to beautiful Cafes in Keri Keri and historic sites... More 

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Colleyville, Texas
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14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2016

We stayed at The Lodge for 3 nights in January and it was fabulous! Anna and I had emailed several times and meeting her was like really noting with a long time friend! The grounds have to be seen..a tropical oasis more like a botanical garden that has paths leading down to their boat house and kayaks. The kayak trip... More 

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takouriver, Owner at Magic Cottages at Takou River, responded to this review

Hi Deb and Family, It was wonderful to meet you all and we're so glad that you had a wonderful time! We loved having you to stay, and hope that you had a fantastic time in New Zealand! Looking forward to meeting again one day. All the best, Anna & Ian More 

Sambrook, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2016

Everyone in the guest book waxing lyrically about this location, yes, its beautiful, the gardens bring tears to your eyes its so good. However for us the Magic has been lost from the Magic cottage by the river, its more 1970's converted static caravan than boutique accommodation. The eco-environment challenge of creating places to stay is a challenge, and well... More 

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takouriver, Owner at Magic Cottages at Takou River, responded to this review

Dear Tony & Di, We are so sorry that you found so much to dislike about your stay at Magic Cottage, and seemed to miss out on all the wonderful experiences we have, from bathing under the stars, exploring the beach, kayaking and swimming in the river and relaxing in the cottage and gazing at the river. On reflection, we... More 

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  • Hot Tub
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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 

Additional Information about Magic Cottages at Takou River

Address: 660 Takou Bay Road | Northland, Kerikeri 0246, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Kerikeri
Price Range: $146 - $366 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Magic Cottages at Takou River 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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