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Sunrise over pool on New years Day 2015 by guest
The Barn apartment - western aspect
Barn deck, outdoor fireplace and entertainment area
Te Muri beach from Cudlip Point walk
Tennis relaxation area
Barn lounge area
Te Muri Estuary taken from the property
The Barn apartment
Barn kitchen dining area
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rural views from Barn bedroom
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 3
Auckland Central, North Island

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hongkong2...
Hong Kong, China
1 review
“Best mix of nature & activities in new secluded quality accommodation”
Reviewed December 21, 2013 for a stay in November 2013

I don't write reviews but this is so exceptional I should broadcast it!

After completing months of hard work, my wife and I decided to take a vacation in New Zealand to get some fresh air and decompress; went online and found "Te Muri Ridge" vacation house.

“Te Muri” is situated in Mahurangi, a seaside suburb within one hour’s drive from Auckland Airport. In Maori, it means “breeze". Its main attractions include a secluded villa, sheltered bays, serene beaches, native shrubs, vast pastures, natural parks, etc., etc..

Visualizing in our mind the tranquility and beauty of the place, and without a wink, booked a week's stay online. Price is reasonable, inclusive of breakfast, free wifi and… a bottle of 2009 Mahurangi wine!

On arrival, we were totally stunned. It turned out to be a detached residence (“The Barn”) for two (up to a family of 3) of about 150 square meters, with living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, laundry room; toiletry, cooking, entertainment, games and other amenities were plentiful and complete; the king bed was big and comfortable. Adjacent to the property was a private tennis court. Interior layout was exquisite and elegant. The owner had lived many years in foreign countries and collected lots of authentic ornaments, tastefully displayed. The house has huge cathedral like glass windows to the floor, overlooking one side into rolling green hills into the distance, with sheep grazing freely and birds singing, then the other angle into ships sailing in peaceful water. Recalling these moments now is delightful.

The owner family of “Te Muri Ridge” owns 140 hectares of pasture land, but builds its home on the hilltop with 360-degree wide-angle views of the sea, rolling valleys and national parks. This “Barn”, the vacation rental, is 200 meters away and can be most aptly described as the Chinese poet says, "far from the hustle and bustle; forget all worries of the world."

Will staying here for one week be boring? No! 5:30am got up to watch the sunrise (sunrise in New Zealand is world-famous); after breakfast, drove 5 minutes down rolling hills to a nearby beach for a swim or canoeing, watched birds flying in flocks, soaked in beauty of the islands afar; after shower, lunch at the close-by mall with specialties like fresh homemade pies, cheese and organic ice cream; in the afternoon, one could watch a movie (we’re big fans) at a uniquely decorated theater, or visit the pottery factory, bee farm. sculpture museum, etc. Back at the “Barn”, after a nap, one could cook a delicious dinner, invite the owner for a game of tennis or just relax. Hiking in bird sanctuaries and national parks are educational and healthy options. Of course, not forgetting fishing on shore or rented boat!!

Seven days went by in an instant. Recollecting these carefree, private and relaxing moments, my wife and I still memorize the fun and enjoyment now. After returning, our whole bodies feel fully recharged, refreshed and serene.

Sincerely, next time when there is a need for a quiet and peaceful holiday, “Te Muri Ridge” will always be our first choice ! ! !

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Liked best: The mix of activities, nature and seclusion, and quality of accommodation
Liked least: None, absolutely
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Hong Kong, China
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“Tranquil Luxury Paradise yet full of activities -- a GEM, out of this world!”
Reviewed November 29, 2013 for a stay in November 2013

The new Te Muri Ridge was such a surprisingly tranquil, secluded paradise that my husband and I extended our 2-day stay in mid November to a week, yet never got bored!

We flew into Auckland International Airport and found the Te Muri Ridge easily within an hour on a ridge with 360 degree views of rolling green hills and national park on one side, and amazing sea view with islands afar on the other. Yet it's close to Auckland and other quaint towns. We walked to secluded beaches, soaked in the sunset while enjoying the frolicking flocks of baby birds, kayaked in the ebbing river into the sea, swam and fished in the ocean, hiked the myriads of lovely trails, played tennis, drove to the amazing, rugged West Coast with thousands of gannet birds on cliff tops, chilled out in the privacy of the modern, elegant "Barn"... We visited and highly recommend the Tiri Tiri bird sanctuary, cheese factory, open air sculpture park ( a "must-see" of international standard), a specialized pottery and even enjoyed an award winning movie in an interestingly decorated cinema house. The local fresh produce, fish, lamb, freshly baked pies and organic ice creams more than satisfied our culinary buds!

The reservation process was fast and smooth. Anna the host was not only warm and welcoming but ensured privacy. The "Barn" is a standalone property that's modern, elegant, cleaner than clean, with detailed touches and provisions that reflect the hosts' understanding of what international vacationers look for; no wonder -- we learned they are avid global trotters who have lived overseas for many years.

We high recommend this property to those seeking tranquility and/or activity-filled vacation. We had a great range of choices!!

Thank you, Anna and Brian, for all the low-key behind the scene attention to details that made our stay so wonderful. You even "ordered" flashy local birds to visit and sing to us!! I hope my posted photos help convey at least a bit of the ambience. We will be back!!

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Liked best: Variety of views and activities from sea to rolling green hills; from tranquility to active
Liked least: Absolutely heavenly time -- nothing to dislike, everything truly beyond expectations
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Paul M
Brisbane, Australia
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“First class accommodation, Magnificent views, Lovely Hosts.”
Reviewed November 22, 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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We were extremely impressed with this beautiful property. The accommodation was outstanding. Brian and Anna made us very welcome, The Highlights for us were the bedroom with its huge window where you really do fall asleep under the stars, the walk to Temuri beach, the magnificent views, over rolling hills down to the coast. Anna suggested a trip to the nearby Pouhi cheese factory. Their 7 year old cheddar was the best ever. Temuri for us was the perfect end to our holiday, it was so peaceful, the property was spectacular, we came away feeling very refreshed. We plan on returning next holiday. We can highly recommend this accommodation.

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Liked best: The accommodation and veiws
Liked least: having to leave
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway
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  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
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