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“Great setting - fabulous hosts”
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Tirimoana House
Ranked #4 of 5 Anakiwa B&B and Inns
Reviewed September 20, 2009

We visited Tirimoana in August and were not disappointed by the weather, the views from the hot tub with a glass of champagne, and certainly not by the loveliest hosts. John and Michelle were attentive to our every need, a mine of information about local places to visit and things to do, and above all just the nicest people you could wish to meet. The house has everything you could wish for in this area - bikes, canoes, water taxi, books and the afore-mentioned hot tub! Not an easy place to eat out from, but no need as Michelle's cooking is hard to beat. Should you wish to venture out we could recommend the pub on the marina in Havelock (a nice cycle ride if you are feeling energetic!). The accommodation is right at the end of the Queen Charlotte track and therefore a great treat if you have just done the walk. Enjoy!

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 25, 2009

This is our third trip to NZ and were really amazed to find this lodge not truly in Picton, but positioned nicely across the road from a quiet harbor with lovely black swans swimming gracefully. Upon arrival we were pleased to see our own American Flag being flown along with the NZ flag as a jesture of hospitality from John. Michelle met us and showed us to our room which was large and clean overlooking the harbor. Michelle's hospitality was wonderful making sure we had eveything we needed and offering us a drink. But you have not even begun to see how her hospitality comes out through her cooking. The breakfasts are great, but her dinners are gourmet. John has a collection of hats that are a must see, it isn't hard to get him to bring them out. Also have John tell you about the Coffee School he attended. This is a great place to stay. The hiking (walks) is good too.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 24, 2009

This was our second visit to Tirimoana House our first visit was when we had walked the Queen Charlotte Track which ends about 1/2 mile away. In the 2 years since our first trip the owners had made some extensive renovations to the rooms (they all have ensuite now) and garden. We had rooms next to each other which although not huge were bright and airy and beautifully furnished with everything we needed and had access to a terrace with amazing views of the sounds. Rather than take the windy drive to Picton or Havelock we opted to spend our two evenings eating in with the owners and other guests from around the world. John and Michelle somehow managed to cook, serve wine, clear away and keep the conversation lively as we sat together on a long table under the stars enjoying good food, wine and company. Great memories of a fantastic trip to NZ.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled with friends
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Thank mouldyoldjo
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Reviewed November 23, 2008

We have stayed at a number of great B&Bs during our 5 weeks on New Zealand's south island. The Tirimoana House is tops. The setting is perfect watching the boats on the sound from your balcony. The location requires no driving to access the Queen Charlotte Track where you can walk for a day hike or get a boat taxi to somewhere along the track and walk back to your room. If you want to bike or kayak, they have first class equipment at reasonable prices. When you return to the house exhausted from your activities you can relax in the spa (with a great view) or pool with a glass of wine and prepare for a fantastic meal prepared by Michelle. The house and the location are only part of the prize. John and Michelle are both gifted artists, and the house is their personal gallery for your enjoyment. Take the time to look around. Michelle is a trained chef and John is a trained barista, so you will experience quality in everything you eat and drink. There aren't enough stars to properly rate this wonderful place!

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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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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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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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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Additional Information about Tirimoana House

Address: 257 Anakiwa Road | Marlborough Sounds, Anakiwa 7281, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Anakiwa
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Anakiwa
Price Range: $200 - $320 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Tirimoana House 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Embracing stunning sea views of the Marlborough Sounds, Tirimoana House is located 30 minutes drive from Picton, 25 minutes drive from Havelock, 55 minutes drive from the Marlborough Sounds Airport at Blenheim and 90 minutes drive from Nelson. Tirimoana House offers five elegantly furnished Rooms, all with en-suites. Each room has access to a balcony from which the Ocean and Mountain views over the Marlborough Sounds are spectacular. There is an open Guest Lounge available which is air conditioned in Summer and heated by an "open fire" in Winter. Gourmet Evening meals creatively prepared and presented by your Host Michelle are available 7 Nights and served either in the outdoor Courtyard or the Dining Room. Evening meals are at an extra cost and include complimentary canapes and one free glass of wine per Dinner Guest. Outdoors our facilities include a Swimming Pool and Spa Tub. Within a short walking distance or 5 minutes by car is the commencement of the Queen Charlotte Track. Also close by are Kayak's for hire, Boat cruises and those famous wineries. ... more   less 
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