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Tirimoana House
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Reviewed October 10, 2008

My partner and I stayed here for five nights. His first time to NZ and my first time coming home to NZ from london in 5 years. We had the most amazing time at Tirimoana House and could not fault Michelle and John's hospitality.
Our room was beautiful and we had amazing views out to the Bay and we loved having the hot tub outside on the cold evenings. The dinners around the table with John, Michelle and the other guests was also very enjoyable and Michelle's cooking is superb.
The fact that there are kayaks and mountain bikes available makes being outdoors fun and enables you to make the most of what the Sounds have to offer.
Its a fantastic place to come and stay and with the views of the bay, the tranquility of the Sounds and John's stories - its very lovely and special place. We will defintely be coming back.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank HeatherandBen
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Reviewed June 21, 2008

Stayed for 2 nights and greatly enjoyed our dinners with hosts and guests as we were travelling a deux and needed some different company. We took the water taxi so that we could walk the two ends of the Queen Charlotte Track; I would recommend Ship Cove in particular. The Pelorus suite was cosy and comfortable with great views and we loved the hot tub at the top of the garden. Michelle and John were very kind and helpful, their artwork is all around the house.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank fairtrader
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Reviewed June 3, 2008

We visited here at the end of a 2 week trip round the south island as we wanted some luxury and relaxation. The location is great right by the water with fantastic views. We stayed in the Pelorus room which had a great antique bed and you could step out onto a decked area with views to the water. There is seating to enable you to sit and have a glass of sauvignon whilst marvelling at the view. The rest of the house is quite eccentric with artwork covering every inch of the walls of the lounge. Dinner is taken with the hosts and the other guests. We had great fun chatting to everyone and the food is very good. You can have your own wine which we did although you do get a sundowner included! Highly highly recommended.

  • Stayed: February 2008
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1  Thank scouserweegie
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Reviewed May 30, 2008

We booked this B&B as the one weekend we had in a month long trip where we'd be alone (i.e. not with family) and were hugely looking forward to it. The B&B is next to the water but there is a road inbetween the road and the accomodation which is a shame. It feels as if there is an enormous potential here but that it hasn't quite been fullfilled. The outside areas are a bit tatty which is a shame as they could be made beautiful. We had a lovely dinner and all sat around a big table with the other guests which I thought was great, really fun to hear about their trips and to chat. Michelle and John were lovely and there is a very cute dog too. You can fly in by float plane (we did, it was spectacular) but fairly pricey! All the food was yummy and home made, it felt like you were at home having lovely home cooked dinners. I don't think we would go back though, as we were looking for all out luxury and seclusion, which isn't what we found.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank CJP350
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Reviewed April 29, 2008

I chose this place because of the location. I wanted to stay in a nice quite place with a view of the Marlborough Sounds and as close as possible to the Charlotte track, even if we were not planning to do the whole track.

We stayed at the Queen Charlotte room, which is quite big and beautiful styled! The big veranda with the view of the Marlborough sounds is really amazing and having a cappuccino or wine admiring the view after our arrival was just perfect.

The hosts are very friendly and helpful in giving you good advices of what to do. They arrange for us a trip with an inflatable boat to a bay and we walked back the last 4 hours of the Charlotte track back to the B&B. Michelle arranged also lunch packages for our walk as there are no places to eat on the track.
During our stay, I got sick with a cold and the hosts even provided me with medicine.

In short:
The positives points are:

* Lovely rooms
* Tasteful food, good fresh breakfast. Excellent coffee!
* Jacuzzi outside for the guests
* close distance to charlotte track. [you can also do about 4 hours of the track if you want]
* beautiful views, sunsets and the nights with full moon is just amazing
* Nice hosts! Especially John who has interesting stories to tell
* Nice dinner in the veranda
* meet new people - other guests - to change trip experiences!

The only less positives points are:
*Not cheap [but good service and very nice accommodation]
* There is no restaurants close by. You have to eat at the B&B or drive to Picton (+/- 25km) for example.
* The food is good at the B&B - but they prepare a menu for the evening, e.g. Marrocco Chicken. If you are a vegetarian then you don't have options, unless, of course, you tell it beforehand. So if you stay here, consider already that you are going to stay for dinner and let the hosts knows if you have special dietary or other wishes.
We stayed 2 nights there. 1 night we eaten at the B&B, and the other night we drove to Picton. There is no problem in having dinner at Picton, at least, if you don't mind driving the very curving road [with beautiful views!]. You just need to pay extra attention if you’re driving in the dark.

For the rest, I really recommend to stay as close as possible to the Charlotte Track if that is what you want to do! And Tirimoana House is probably as close as you can get! Unless you want to stay in the Badpacker accommodation.

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Holandesa
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