We chose the Old Oak based on Trip Advisor reviews and were so glad that we did. We had the pleasure of staying two nights toward the end of our seven week trip to New Zealand.
We arrived later than expected because we had stopped on our trip from Paihia to do several hikes. Gary greeted us when we arrived and showed us to our room (Ruru Suite).
Our two bedroom suite was lovely. The larger bedroom has access to the balcony overlooking the water. The small bedroom worked well as a place to put our bags and sort things. The kitchen and eating area were in the middle. We chose to eat in both nights and the kitchenette worked very well for us.
Gary helped us in planning our activities. We headed up to Cape Reinga and did several of the hikes he recommended. We also made stops at several other spots he had identified. It was such a help. We were heading to the Hokianga area when we left and he also recommended places to stop along the way.
We spent our early morning and late evening time sitting on the balcony looking at the water and all the birds. It was wonderful to have coffee or wine and a fantastic view.
This is a wonderful spot and I would love to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our beautiful small hotel features just six rooms - three suites, two premium studios, and a standard room. The heritage building has been modernised for the comfort of our guests with new bathrooms, lighting, plumbing, and insulation and has been decorated with a contemporary mix of modern and country. All rooms, other than our petite standard room, have modern heating and cooling systems and our three suites feature kitchenettes. The property is home to a colonial inspired garden with organic herb and vegetable beds, formal rose garden, petanque court, harbour view verandas and a courtyard nestled into the hillside of native bush and ferns. Guests can relax in the gardens and on the verandas in a private and tranquil setting. The Old Oak provides superior service with 24 hour management, daily housekeeping, and concierge services. Enjoy fishing, swimming, country walks, and strolls along Waterfront Drive in the 19th century whaling village of Mangonui. Mangonui village features r ... more less
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