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“Perfect views, luxurious rooms.”
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Crisdon Castle
Ranked #16 of 21 Paihia B&B and Inns
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Perfect views, luxurious rooms.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2011

We stayed here in early November 2011 and cannot praise it too highly. It is situated high up above the Bay of Islands, giving stunning views from the rooms and terraces. Our room was comfortable, clean and furnished with an attention to detail that raised this short break into a luxury one. It was spacious and included a sofa to sprawl on and a kitchen for snacks and drinks. The bath room was top-notch with a spa bath that brought back memories of romantic times. The food was beautifully presented and very well cooked, the staff extremely helpful, the ambience relaxed. I would recommend this place to anyone planning a trip to this part of the world. It is special.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2011

We stayed three days in June 2009, in the Kings Retreat room. It was wonderful. We've stayed in B&B's all over New Zealand as well as the US mainland, Canada and Australia and really, none have been nicer. This would have been quite a splurge except the exchange rate was very favorable for us. The room was splendid with a view over the Bay of Islands from our bed. Just outside the room is a view of Haruru Falls, in the other direction. The location is in a quiet residential neighborhood at the top of the hill, with off street parking. Breakfasts were great and our hosts were friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2011

we stayed here dec 2009, for 3 nights w/ the two of us and my 20yr old daughter and her friend. Our accommodations were unbelievable,comfortable,clean,and spacious. No photos do it justice. I haven't gotten this place,this country off my mind. I will come back-even though it's half way around the world. The bathroom was luxurious, the attention to detail. Does anyone mention the gourmet breakfast,preceeded by a menu? It will not get better than this. Donna and her husband are perfect hosts, friendly,but non-intrusive. our suite was separate from the main house, so we felt that we had our private house. They even drove us to a local hiking park at the farthest end so we could just hike back one way. what a great start to our 2wks in New Zealand. I found this thru tripadvisor, even though my agent wanted us to stay in russell-so glad I trusted tripadvisor. Russell is nice for a day trip,hike and dinner, but Crisdon Castle is heaven on earth, great location to see the sights of northern north island. we took easy trips to kerikeri to a restaurant Donna recommended-Pear Tree?-great. 90-mile beach and fish and chips at manganoui-the tour company picked us up right down the street. dona and her husband were the perfect hosts, friendly, kind and great ambassodors for their country. I hope they remember us fondly, as we are grateful for their hospitality

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  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2011

We loved Crisdon, the views from our room were spectacular.The room was amazing-great bath,kitchen ,balcony,privacy,breakfast,hosts..cute little dog,everything was amazing. This is the 1st review I've ever written and i'm making the effort today because Crisdon Castle will stay in our memories as our favorite place to stay in NZ.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2011

We were lucky enough to be moved by our tour operator to this outstanding B&B when it was discovered that our original accommodation had been double booked. The setting, just outside Paihia, is idyllic with fabulous views over the Bay and the Waitangi treaty grounds.
As well as enjoying superb breakfasts on the terrace we chose to eat there on both the evenings we stayed, enjoying our hostess, Donna's, excellent cooking. Both Donna and her husband, Chris, were extremely friendly and nothing was too much trouble for them.
Donna advised us on our arrival that she had upgraded us to a three bedroomed house just along the road from the B&B, so we had plenty of space and were able to catch up on laundry as there was a fully equipped utility room in addition to the kitchen.
Away from the hustle and bustle of Paihia, but within easy reach, this was a hidden gem we would never have found, but for the mistake with our original Paihia booking. We would certainly stay there again.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2011

host upgraduated our room without any cost, everything was so perfect. I had best holiday in NZ, wish to come and stay again.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2011

This visit was our 6th - and was just as special as the 1st to Crisdon Castle. Donna and Chris are superb hosts. Their rooms are very comfortable and furnished to the highest level. The views, location and easy accessiblity to Paihia combine to cater for all requirements. The golf course at Waitangi can be clearly seen from Crisdon - surely a big draw for all golfers! We will be back to stay and next time with relatives from Canada to show off this amazing place.

Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Crisdon Castle
Address: 18 Goffe Drive, Paihia 0252, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
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Ranked #16 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Paihia
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Hotel Class:5 star — Crisdon Castle 5*
Number of rooms: 5
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