We stayed at Crisdon Castle for one night at the end of our honeymoon in NZ. My only regret is that we didn't plan to stay here for several more days. We stayed at several highly rated B&Bs and small hotels in NZ (including Langdon House in Christchurch, Peace & Plenty in Auckland, and Browns Boutique Hotel in Queenstown), and Crisdon Castle was probably the best (although Langdon House was a very close second).
Three things make Crisdon really stand out. First, the location and the views are just phenomenal. The pictures can't do the view justice. Second, the hosts are equally great. We did not have dinner plans on the evening we arrived and were invited to have dinner at the house, which ended up making for an excellent last evening in NZ. I highly recommend taking dinner in if it's an option when you stay. Breakfast also was great. Third, the suite we stayed in was among the best we had in any B&B and included a king bed, a nice sized patio, and Roman tub/shower, among other features.
Bottom line is that you really ought to make the Bay of Islands part of your visit to NZ, and Crisdon Castle is definitely the place to stay while you're there.
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- Also Known As:
- Crisdon Castle Paihia, Bay Of Islands