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Sunderland House
Ranked #8 of 60 Auckland B&B and Inns
Seattle
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“Best B & B in Auckland”
Reviewed April 11, 2011

My wife & I stayed at Sunderland House for our 3rd extended visit; this time for 7 days/nights in early March 2011, and once again loved every minute.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 7, 2011

We stayed with Donald & Kathy for 3 nights, and enjoyed their warm hospitality. Donald is charming, thoughtful and goes out of his way to help. Breakfasts are very sociable, and the food is fresh and presented with care. We felt at home, with spacious indoor and outdoor areas to enjoy. Thank you Donald and Kathy - we highly recommend your B&B.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Rochester, New York
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Reviewed April 2, 2011

Our stay at the Sunderland House was amazing - we were direct off a long haul flight and arrived around noon. We were quite pleased to see a personalized sign welcoming us outside before we even knocked on the door! A nice way to immediately put us at ease after a long flight. Our room was very well appointed - our bed was very comfortable!

We arrived on Christmas Day and Kathy and Donald invited us to a fantastic dinner with them and their family - a wonderful evening meeting new people! They even shared their Xmas gift exchange with us!

Breakfast was wonderful and consisted of fresh baked muffins, fresh fruits, yogurt and cereals and was often followed up with interesting conversation with Donald and Kathy, who were able to provide us with many good suggestions about the area.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Quebec, Canada
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Reviewed March 23, 2011

Coming from Quebec, Canada, we couldn't have chosen a better place than the Sunderland House for the start of our trip to NZ! This B&B is simply amazing.

Rooms: Our room was the Premier Suite. It was cozy, very clean, extremely well decorated and had a great view of the city. We had Porto and chocolates by the bed, and the beautiful bathroom had some lovely smelling shampoos and soaps (SO greatly appreciated after sitting in airports and planes for over 20hrs). Right outside the bedroom door, you could help yourself to some homebaked goods and tea.

Food: Breakfast was delicious! Fruits, yogurt, cereals, homebaked muffins, croissant, fresh juice, fresh flowers on the table and fresh air coming in from the open door to the backyard garden... perfect.

Hosts: Donald and Ben greeted us upon our arrival at the Sunderland House and made us feel right at home. Donald and Kathy are very friendly, always willing for a chat, but still respecting your private space. Donald was remarkably helpful as well, helping us with restaurant choices in town the night of our arrival (the city and the port are an easy walk/bus ride from this B&B), but also helping us with our full trip itinerary, giving us suggestions of great places to visit and lending us a book of all NZ B&Bs (we hadn't chosen any of our NZ stops in advance). Before leaving the next day, Donald even gave us some homebaked pecan/apple muffins for the road :)

If we go back to Aukland, we will definitely stay at the Sunderland House again, without hesitation.

Thank you Donald, Kathy and Ben for your gracious hospitality!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Warwick
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Reviewed March 23, 2011

There is nowhere better to stay in Auckland. Sunderland House fully lives up to its no.1 B&B billing on Tripadvisor. Donald and Kathy are everything you want in hosts - charming, relaxing, knowledgeable and discreet. They have a purpose built, distinctive and elegant establishment in Herne Bay, an upmarket part of the city. The warm welcome was just what we needed after a tedious road trip from the Bay of Islands and nothing was too much trouble for them. The exceptional, home cooked breakfasts in the delightful conservatory are to die for and our three days there were an complete joy. Without doubt the best B&B we stayed in on our five week trip to NZ. Book early!

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Santa Barbara, California
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Reviewed March 19, 2011

After a long flight from Los Angeles, Donald welcomed us personally and had the Red Room all ready so we could shower and start the day. Herne Bay is only a bus ride away to the center of the city. Donald is a great resource and helped us with our itinerary in Auckland. The Sunderland House set the tone for our marvelous vacation in New Zealand. We chose the perfect place!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 12, 2011

This is Boutique accommodation at its very best. We cannot put into words how to describe this establishment. The room was excellently decorated as was the rest of the house, Breakfast was plentiful and served in a lovely setting. Hosts were helpful, friendly and made wonderful muffins!!
Herne bay is a way from the city centre, however with Donald's excellent instructions it makes for a pleasant walk after a big breakfast.
Just meeting Donald & Kathy was enough in itself and would not have missed this pleasure for anything.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Sunderland House
Address: 1A Cox Street | Herne Bay, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Auckland
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 60 B&Bs / Inns in Auckland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sunderland House is located in an historic inner city area noted for its grand Victorian villas, award winning restaurants, charming beaches, fashionable shopping and trendy Ponsonby. Designed in the period of Herne Bay's villas, Sunderland House has been purposely built as a Boutique Bed & Breakfast, and cleverly combines Victorian style and charm with the luxury of contemporary facilities including free wireless internet. The three suites are sumptuous, light and peaceful and feature lofty cathedral ceilings, en-suite bathrooms, elegant antiques, a warm soothing colour palette, comfortable beds pressed crisp linen and includes complimentary port, delicious home baking, tea and coffee. We are dedicated to ensuring your stay with us is perfect by accommodating your every need whilst maintaining your privacy and serenity. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Sunderland House Hotel Auckland Central
Sunderland House Auckland, New Zealand

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