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Morepork Riverside Lodge
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Reviewed March 30, 2014

I chose the Morepork because of the superlative reviews on Tripadvisor, and was not at all disappointed. Barb and Paul clearly enjoy opening their home to travelers - they are warm, friendly, helpful, and great cooks, with a beautiful property on a hill above a small river. They had tea, coffee and cookies for our arrival, brought us cheese and crackers later, and when we asked if it was possible to have a light meal at the Lodge instead of going into town, they said "no worries" and half an hour later produced delicious "nibbles and bits" - including pizza and ragout! With such a wonderful introduction, we took them up on their offer to prepare a real dinner the next night. There were four of us and another couple; we all chose lamb, and they got an excellent cut, like a prime filet - the dinner was super. There is a walking path around their property, and two alpacas and a goat, as well as chickens. We were so glad we stayed here instead of right in Paihia.

Room Tip: There are two rooms on the riverside, with more of a view, and one on the driveway side. All are quiet.
  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Penelope C
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Reviewed March 22, 2014

we had 3 great days with Barbara and Paul in February. They are charming hosts and nothing was too much trouble. Their home was our home whilst we stayed. They were very helpful especially helping my husband on his mobility scooter and turning our campervan around to make my life easier. Breakfast was excellent and one night we had a hangi with them and other guests which was great fun. They booked us a boat trip around the Bay of Islands and had lots of suggestions of places to visit which was helpful. I enjoyed walking around their land, down to the river and through their wood, meeting the alpacas, goat and chucks en route.This is not just a B and B, it was a wonderful experience with two lovely people showing us the best of Kiwi hospitality. We didn't want to leave but couldn't change our itinerary, and any way they were fully booked - no wonder. Thank you so much Paul and Barbara

Room Tip: we had a large room with a deck overlooking lovely gardens
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank St_AgnesJoian
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

As an introduction to New Zealand B&B hospitality, Paul & Barbara set the standards very high.
A welcome cup of tea & cake, excellent breakfasts, dinner if you want it, & all the advice you need, makes this venue a real cracker.
The accomodation is serious Five Star, & the views from our room were to die for.
Well done Paul & Barbara, we will certainly be back .

Room Tip: Our room with a view of the garden was terrific
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Duncan B
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

We stayed in some lovely B&B's during our wonderful holiday in New Zealand, Morepork was undoubtedly the best. This is more like a private valet service than a B&B, their attention to detail was remarkable! Everything about Paul and Barbara's establishment was wonderful. From the welcome, the quality of the accomodation, the location, the breakfasts, the advice on what to do. All simply first class. Thank you for a wonderful stay.

Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
Thank Austin R
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

Just returned from staying four nights at the Morepork Riverside Lodge and the stay exceeded my expectations! Paul and Barbara have a lovely home overlooking rain forest and a river that has three lovely bedrooms to choose from. We enjoyed the smallest room and found it comfortable and clean. What made the stay most enjoyable were the hosts, not only can they both cook, they are super helpful in planning activities during your stay and are absolutely warm and fun.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank shheldman
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