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Mokoia Downs Estate B&B
Ranked #1 of 52 Rotorua B&B and Inns
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San Francisco, California
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30 reviews
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“Idyllic place for a family”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

The positive experience started with our booking when we received emails from the owners Mick and Teresa! As we drove to their beautiful place my kids immediately fell in love with the animals - sheep, donkeys, ducks and the chickens. The property is peaceful and the owners are wonderful.

The b'fast was tailored to our vegetarian needs and we loved their hospitality. The place is neat and clean and removed from the city of Rotorua but still close enough.

Then owners helped set up our schedule and gave us a lot of local information.

We would go back in a heartbeat!

Room Tip: If you have a family and don't want the sulfur smells of Rotorua stay here!
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

This B&B is an excellent place to stay. Your hosts will treat you like family friends, giving you tea and cake on arrival and a complementary evening drink from the bar. They are very keen to chat to guests, but this is not compulsory as there is a very large lounge set aside for guests’ use. Breakfasts here were the best we experienced during our 26 day stay in New Zealand. Many of the items,including the bread were homemade. Guests are encouraged to have hot and cold items. We stayed in the Garden Room, which is separate from the house. It was spacious , clean and comfortable. The en-suite is adequate for a couple of nights,but is a little on the small side. This B&B is very child friendly with a large,separate playroom for children and farm animals for them to feed. We received a lot of help in planning our visit so that we could make the most of our time in the area. We had two evening meals in Capers; this restaurant provided us with the best value for money meals we had in New Zealand and was clearly very popular with the locals.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

The hosts, Teresa & Mick are friendly and helpful. Breakfast was superb and we also enjoyed the home-made liqueur very much. We stayed in their Garden Room which was meticulously clean. If you want a nice place to stay in Rotorua, Mokoia Downs is highly recommended.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Noumea, New Caledonia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

We had a fantastic stay with our children, 7 and 10 years old, at the Mokoia Downs. Mick and Teresa were very kind, attentive and interested hosts. The children loved getting up early and to go with Teresa to check on the hens and their eggs, to feed the donkeys, to pet the sheep, and to look for the ducks. My kids still remember all the animals by name and have lots of stories to tell about each of them. Teresa and Mick had set out a very entertaining treasure hunt for the whole family. Breakfast was all home-made and delicious. The rooms were fresh and relaxing. We even made good use of the swimming pool, as the weather was great. The Mokoia Downs is a lovely estate, a short drive from all activities in Rotorua. If we have the chance, we'll certainly be back!

Room Tip: The Tarawera Suite has two lovely, peaceful bedrooms and a separate bathroom. The Suite is connected...
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay here and would thoroughly recommend it. Mick and Teresa were friends rather than hosts. "Would you like an Irish coffee?" asked Teresa after providing us with complimentary evening drinks. We accepted, of course, and felt that this is a place where you are treated as an individual. The best thing I can say about Mokia Downs is that it rivals Sunderland House in Auckland and that is a real compliment. My only regret is that we did not stay longer. Next time ...

Room Tip: We had the Garden Room which was excellent and private.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

Thanks Mick and Theresa, you gave my family a remarkable memory in New Zealand. Every thing is so perfect and warm to our visitors, only except that we could stay there for just one night. All of us were not willing to leave your pleasant place and Rotorua as well. We enjoyed to feed donkeys, sheep and hens... Also, My wife and I really enjoyed your home-made alcohols.

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Marple, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2013

Just returned from 4 weeks in Taiwan & New Zealand. This is the best accommodation we stayed in. The standard of accommodation is superb. It's location is outstanding. An oasis of quiet and calm. Just far enough away from Rotorua to avoid the sulphur smells and yet close enough to make sure you can enjoy the area. Mick and Teresa are the perfect hosts (along with their animals). Breakfasts change each day and are the best we have had in any B & B. They are both so friendly we didn't want to leave. A drink in the Anglers Arms with Micks own Liqueurs was the perfect end to each day.

I can't wait to return to New Zealand and the Mokoia Downs Estate B&B will be the first place on my list to revisit. We had 4 nights this time and it wasn't enough. Would have been nice to built in more time to spend relaxing in the grounds at Mokoia Downs.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Mokoia Downs Estate B&B
Address: 64 Mokoia Road | Ngongotaha, RD7, Rotorua 3097, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Mokoia Downs Estate B&B 4.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mokoia Downs B&B provides high quality accommodation and comfort in a boutique country lodge that exudes charm and character. With a host of unique or unusual features (including a library, cinema and micro-distillery as well as swimming pool, organic garden and hens, ducks, guinea pigs, donkeys and a miniature horse), Mokoia Downs offers memorable experiences rather than simply a place to stay. Set in five acres of beautiful, park-like grounds, Mokoia Downs is just over 10 minutes from central Rotorua and within easy driving distance of all amenities and attractions. Extensively traveled themselves, your hosts offer warm hospitality and an excellent knowledge of the area to he lp you plan your itinerary. Enjoy enchanting walks around the grounds, feed and pet the animals, and just soak up the tranquility and seclusion offered in this idyllic setting. ... more   less 
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