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Broekhaven Country Cottage
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Reviewed February 12, 2011

It was truly excellent and much larger than the photos suggest. Absolutely spotlessly clean and fully equipped with washing machine, BBQ etc. Freshly baked bread from Debbie together with fresh eggs straight from her chickens made it stay to remember. We had only booked for 2 nights and asked about extending the stay for one more night - we were in luck as it was the only free night in February! Debbie is very helpful and booked trips for us

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 16, 2011

Hamurana is located about 7kms outside of Rotorua on 2 acres of farmland which we initially thought might bother us but it didn't as everything else makes up for it. We had been travelling around the North Island for almost 2 weeks & experienced a couple of not so great stays ... Broekhaven was a breath of fresh air "literally". Everything we found here was just what we all needed at this leg of our journey ... comfortable & clean accommodation, great food (yummy baked bread, pastries & fresh eggs for breakfast daily), beautiful surroundings, warm friendly people, family pets & farmyard animals. The biggest bonus for us being the owners teenage son who provided our teenage son with some wonderful company during our stay which we really appreciated as he was getting quite bored with us by this stage. The little touches definitely went a long way to making Broekhaven the most memorable & enjoyable stay of our trip ... certainly a credit to the wonderful family who owns it. Debbie, Ed, Luke & Elise ... thank you so much for sharing your lovely home with us & for making us feel so welcome. We truly hope to meet you again someday.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 4, 2010

We were honeymooning in NZ and wanted to experience a farm stay for at least two nights. After going through at least 50 different farm stays on http://www.tourism.net.nz/accommodation/farmstays/ we narrowed down on Broekhaven and are extremely happy to have done so. I have, since then, been pushing all my friends to go to NZ for a vacation and specifically stay at Broekhaven, that is if they have accommodation available, as being award winners for several years they are usually booked out.

The farm is on the north side of the lake in Rotorua, about 15 mins drive from the town centre. The Agrodome and other attractions are nearby as well.

When we reached the farm we knocked on the doors of our host and were met my the most delicious smell of freshly baked bread. To our delight they were baking the bread for us. Hospitality at its best.

We had a separate cottage on the farm which was surrounded by sheep (obviously they were on the other side of the fence). We had one big living room with an open concept kitchen, a big bathroom equipped with a washing machine and a big enough bedroom. The house had all other amenities such as dvd player, iron/ironing board, utensils. The hosts had left some kiwi preserve and jams in the fridge along with milk, butter and eggs for next day's breakfast. And.......freshly baked bread.

We ate breakfast on the table in the lawns outside the cottage in the company of sheep and took in the views of the lake.

On the day of departure my wife and I were taken along for a guided tour of the farm where we fed the sheep, the poultry, played with a rabbit and learned first hand from Ed how the sheep were reared.

Debbie, the host, bakes wonderful croissants and we shamelessly went back the next day to request for more, and I recommend to whoever has booked a stay at Broekhaven to do so for at least two nights and request Debbie in advance to send some croissants across instead of a loaf of bread.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 16, 2010

Nice cottage--comfortable with a great setting. Hands on feeding of the farm animals and wonderful hostess. Two baby lambs made the experience extra special. A little surprised to make our own breakfast within our little cottage but nice in its own way. Clean and spacious. Washing machine to do laundry was a bonus! 15 minutes from downtown Rotorua.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 12, 2010

A wonderful place to stay with small children. The sheep and chickens kept our almost 3 year old busy, feeding, petting, saving food scraps and talking! The host Debbie came and took him to feed the animals giving us parents a little break, time enough to cook up the free range eggs for breakfast!
The cottage is well equiped with everything you need. The food is amazing. The home baked bread was truely scrumptious, as were the muffins and pastries!
We did get woken early by the rooster, but you can't expect any less staying on a farm.
A great stay, and we'll definitely be booking again in the summer.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 14, 2010

After two busy weeks in Hong Kong, Sydney and Auckland, a 5-day stay at Broekhaven was perfect and provided the best nights' sleep of the holiday. The cottage was very well located for exploring Rotorua and enjoying the many things the region has to offer. It was the ideal little home away from home with much appreciated daily home-baked bread and pastries from great hosts. Relatively inexpensive and thoroughly recommended.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank JohannPatrick
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Reviewed January 31, 2010

Broekhaven Cottage is in a beautiful location close to Rotorua but away from the touristy centre. Cottage is clean and well appointed. Debbie and Ed make you very welcome and provide useful advice on things to do. Debbie's bread, croissants and pastries are superb.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Broekhaven Country Cottage

Address: 44 Kaska Road | Rotorua, Hamurana 3097, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Hamurana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Hamurana
Price Range: $151 - $247 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Awake to birdsong in this peaceful and tranquil self catering farmstay only 500m from the lake. You will feel welcome as soon as you arrive with special touches to make your holiday memorable. Savour the freshly baked bread, pastries, free range eggs and fresh fruit that you can enjoy at a time that suits you. Enjoy panoramic views over surrounding countryside and the lake from the privacy of your own cottage. Only a short walk to Lake Rotorua, trout fishing at Hamurana Springs, or a game of golf at Hamurana Golf Course. Conveniently situated to many of Rotorua's major tourist attractions including Agrodome, Zorb, Skyline Skyrides & Hells Gate. Amenities include a full kitchen with dishwasher, flat screen TV, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dryer, DVD, iPod Dock, linen, towels, bathrobes, slippers, free wireless internet and BBQ. We have dogs and cats as well as assorted friendly farm animals, so you are welcome to hand feed sheep, chickens, ducks, rabbits and the goats. We sometimes have other small animals that we are helping recover their full health before returning them to their natural habitat. We really listen to our guest's Trip Advisor comments and have installed a new comfy double sofabed and upgraded our Wifi for a better guest experience. ... more   less 
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