We wanted a quick getaway for the weekend away from the kids but still close enough to Auckland. Grafton Cottage and Chalets in Thames was perfect at just 1 hour and 20 minutes away. Hosts Rachael and Alby Tukia were so lovely - home baking and local winery liqueur on arrival, friendly and helpful hosts but not overbearing. The continental breakfast was delicious and just hit the spot perfectly. We sat in the spa pool watching the sun go down over the Firth of Thames and really relaxed. Our cottage was so sweet, comfy and quiet. I will tell our friends and family about the place as we highly recommend it. Thanks so much Rachel and Alby.
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- The Lonely Planets pick for Thames. Nestled high in the hills above Thames, Grafton Cottage and Chalets is in a excluded, peaceful tree-lined setting far from any traffic noise. At the end of each day exploring the Coromandel, relax in the spa, or simply laze by the pool overlooking the sea. BBQ your dinner while watching the sun set over the sea or sample the local restaurants. We offer self contained chalet accommodation in individually designed studio, 1 and 2 bedroom cedar chalets. A delicious full continental breakfast (Grafton Cottage style), on site staff and daily housekeeping is included in the room rate. ... more less
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