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20 Sir George Back Street, Opua 0200 New Zealand
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#4 of 7 Specialty lodging in Opua
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4.6
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4.6
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4.5
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4.5
Crows Nest Villas is an Exclusive Accommodation perched on a cliff top overlooking the beautiful Bay of Islands and the Opua Harbour. Each 2 bedroom villa has amazing sea views and is for the discerning traveller. The stunning panoramic views allows for a birds-eye perspective as you watch the sails boats pass leisurely below.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Boating
Canoeing
Highchairs available
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Internet
Complimentary tea
Golf course
Hiking
Fishing
Board games / puzzles
Sun deck
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
Private check-in / check-out
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
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Bathrobes
Dining area
Safe
Sofa
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Electric blanket
Walk-in shower
Wardrobe / closet
Iron
Private bathrooms
Kitchenette
Dishwasher
Microwave
Oven
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Radio
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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thethreeofus41 wrote a review Apr 2021
Auckland, New Zealand93 contributions107 helpful votes
Many years ago our family counted itself lucky to come across this gem of a hideaway in Opua. We absolutely loved the design features which were created to make you feel as though you were in a sailing vessel looking out onto the stunning Opua Harbour. We marveled at the curved walls, the portholes for windows, the imaginative use of timber and blues of every hue, and a hundred other little decorative features which were clearly the product of a creative mind. But beyond that, the property itself was spotless and the reception was flawless - both crucial aspects of a quality stay. This time around- what a disappointment! Most of the architectural specialties have been "refurbished" (not by an architect is clear to see), port holes have been "replaced", one of the fridges was not cooling, there were cobwebs in the corners, the linens badly needed a refresh. And we could have dealt with all those things had the attitude been as warm and welcoming as our first, but sadly, this too had vanished under new management. Our queries were met with curt retorts, which we felt were unnecessary especially given the price we were paying- approx 400/night NZD. Prior to our time of departure our hostess just sat outside waiting with a surly expression for us to leave. Conversation does not seem to be a strong point. Fortunately the view is still top notch and good weather meant we had a very lovely time in the BoI but we will not be returning to Crows Nest Villas. There are many properties nearby in similar price range that are outstanding in both presentation and service.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Schalk wrote a review May 2020
Auckland, New Zealand234 contributions77 helpful votes
We stayed in the Sails Villa for three nights just before the Queen's Birthday weekend. Originally, I considered some of the hotels / resorts in Paihia, but my wife suggested we stay at Crows Nest again because it would be much, much quieter. We needed a good rest, so it didn't take much to convince me and I booked the Sails Villa for us. Our reception was very friendly and efficient. And the area, as always, was stunningly beautiful. The villa was very well equipped and had everything we needed for a relaxing stay. There were even some fruit and a bottle of wine for us to enjoy. The beds, which are apparently fairly new, were very comfortable and linens of excellent quality. So ... friendliness, efficiency, convenience, AND stunning views. What more could you want? Why, then, the average rating? This is, perhaps, splitting hairs. But we felt there were just too many cobwebs throughout the house. My wife had been bitten by spiders on a few occasions in the past, so she becomes a bit "itchy" if there are spiders in the vicinity. The presence of cobwebs in various places inside the house was enough to make both of us feel slightly uncomfortable. Other than that one point of criticism, the place was very good.
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Date of stay: May 2020
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Room Tip: This is not a hotel at all, it's a villa with two bedrooms, each with its own ensuite.
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phil_santelmo wrote a review Feb 2020
Dorchester, United Kingdom4 contributions1 helpful vote
A fantastic location in a beautiful house. The views were breathtaking and the house was very well equipped Gail met us as arranged and helped us move in - thanks very much. She gave us a good tour of the property and advised us on places to visit. We had a fantastic time with beautiful weather - should of booked for a longer time!! Our only criticism - and it is very small - is that the patio tables and chairs were very weathered and in need of some care but that did not affect what was a fantastic stay Thanks very much Gail for providing such a luxurious property, and also for the welcoming bottle of wine
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from GailThom, Manager at Crows Nest Villas
Responded Feb 14, 2020
It was a pleasure to host you. Pleased that you enjoyed the Bay of Islands.
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Zoran Z. wrote a review Oct 2019
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We stayed in a two-bedroom Crows Nest Villa in Opua for two nights and found it to be excellent. Gail was such a kind and welcoming host, and our early check-in was quick and easy.The villa was fantastic. It was perfectly clean and fully self-contained. There was an outdoor deck/terrace with a superb view over the Opua Harbour offering the perfect way to enjoy breakfast and have evening drinks and dinner. The villa was set slightly back from the main road, so it was very quiet, yet only a short 5 min drive to Paihia. We will be back again, for sure. Thank you so much, Gail!!!
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from GailThom, Manager at Crows Nest Villas
Responded Oct 30, 2019
It was a pleasure hosting your party of four. Pleased that you enjoy your stay in the beautiful Bay of Islands.
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anne58_11 wrote a review Oct 2019
Auckland Central, New Zealand1 contribution
Doesn't get better than this. Perfect location for exploring the Bay of Islands. Clean and comfortable, private and peaceful, amazing beds and views to die for. Our host, Gail, is friendly and helpful. Every holiday experience should be this good.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from GailThom, Manager at Crows Nest Villas
Responded Oct 29, 2019
Thank you for your review. It was a great pleasure to host you. Pleased you enjoyed the beautiful Bay of Islands and hope you are able to return for another holiday.
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Maggie G wrote a review Aug 2019
Auckland, New Zealand6 contributions3 helpful votes
We had a fabulous time staying at the Crows Nest Villas - it was very clean cosy warm and modern and the views are to die for! Its about a 2 minute drive down to the car ferry at Opua and about a 6 minuted drive into Paihia. We thoroughly recommend!
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Response from GailThom, Manager at Crows Nest Villas
Responded Aug 16, 2019
It was a pleasure to host you both. So pleased you had a great time in the Bay of Islands. Would love to see you in the future.
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723Rob wrote a review May 2019
Ballarat, Australia30 contributions53 helpful votes
This place is amazing with views to die for. We recently stayed at Crows Nest over Easter and the property is superb. The amenities are first rate, extremely clean and plenty of space to sit and admire the views. It was also a great location to explore the Bay of Islands from. Thanks for a great stay.
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from GailThom, Manager at Crows Nest Villas
Responded Jun 8, 2019
Thank you for choosing to stay at Crows Nest Villas. Hosting you was a pleasure. So pleased that you had a great stay, would love to see you in the future if ever to come this way again.
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adventurerat60 wrote a review Jan 2019
Montclair, New Jersey2 contributions
You go down a little driveway, walk down a few steps...unlatch a gate --and paradise opens up! A gorgeous, airy perch over the water. One of a kind and deeply refreshing. We loved it. Really did feel like a nest at the end of each day.
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Date of stay: December 2018
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Response from GailThom, Manager at Crows Nest Villas
Responded Jan 29, 2019
Thank you for choosing to stay at Crows Nest Villas. Very pleased that you enjoyed your stay in the Bay of Islands.
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Janine wrote a review Jan 2019
Adelaide, Australia37 contributions53 helpful votes
We stayed in the villas on our recent holiday to NZ and they are lovely. Very clean with all the amenities you need. The balcony and views over the water & marina are nothing short of breathtaking. Our favourite spot after a day exploring the bay. A welcome bottle of wine most appreciated. Highly recommend dinner at the local Opua Yacht Club, very nice meal with a beautiful outlook. Paihia is only a 5 minute drive. Oxley’s pub is a great spot to dine. A must visit is a quirky little eatery in a side lane called Third World Vending, great coffee, beautiful freshly made food, the vanilla slice is to die for. Run by a lovely friendly couple. Omata Estate Vineyard & Kitchen is also highly recommended, their grazing plate is amazing & delicious wood fired pizza. Take the ferry across to Russell it is a beautiful little town worth a visit. We had the most memorable stay at The Bridge Deck - Crows Nest Villa in the beautiful Bay Of Islands.
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from GailThom, Manager at Crows Nest Villas
Responded Jan 11, 2019
Very pleased that these guests had a brilliant stay in the beautiful Bay of Islands. We have great many diverse activities which will cater to all tastes. It was a privilege to host these guests and look forward to seeing them again if ever they visit the Bay of Islands in the future.
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Ed M wrote a review Feb 2018
Melbourne, Australia16 contributions3 helpful votes
Four friends and I stayed at Crows Nest Villas over a weekend - it has stunning view over the water and plenty of space for us all to relax and enjoy ourselves. We made us of the BBQ and loved sitting out on the (two!) decks to enjoy the view. If you're looking for a boat trip in the area I recommend 'She's A Lady' - it was brilliant. The villa is a little of the beaten track, so I'd recommend a car if you want to get down to the towns and beaches in the area.
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Date of stay: January 2018
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Response from GailThom, Manager at Crows Nest Villas
Responded Feb 25, 2018
Thank you for your feedback. It is certainly a place you can relax with privacy so glad you enjoyed your stay.
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New ZealandNorth IslandNorthland RegionBay of IslandsOpua
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Frequently Asked Questions about Crows Nest Villas
Which popular attractions are close to Crows Nest Villas?
Nearby attractions include Waitangi Treaty Grounds (3.5 miles), Pompallier Mission and Printery (3.3 miles), and Flagstaff Hill (4.0 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Crows Nest Villas?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, a golf course, and free internet access.
Which room amenities are available at Crows Nest Villas?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Crows Nest Villas?
Guests can enjoy complimentary tea and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Crows Nest Villas?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Crows Nest Villas?
Conveniently located restaurants include Third Wheel Coffee Co., Terra Restaurant, and Sage @ Paroa Bay Winery.
Is Crows Nest Villas located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the center of Opua.
Are any cleaning services offered at Crows Nest Villas?
Yes, self serve laundry and a washing machine are offered to guests.
Does Crows Nest Villas have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.