We spent 4 nights at Kauri Villas and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. It is about 20 minutes outside Whangarei along the road to the Whangarei Heads area. We stayed in the accommodation inside the lodge. The room was very clean and comfortable and had a sitting area attached. The Villa overlooks the outer harbor of Whangarei with stunning views all around. There is a wonderful deck and swimming pool to relax around with cattle and sheep paddocks adjacent. We spent most of our time hiking the fine trails in the area, to pristine beaches and climbs up the volcanic heads which overlook the coast line. Since we needed to do some laundry Susie volunteered to do ours which was much appreciated. Drew is an amateur pilot so I got to fly for almost an hour in a small plane with him and got unbelievable views of the mountains and beaches in the area. All for the price of the petrol. Drew and Susie are wonderful hosts and I would recommend the Kauri Villas for anyone looking for a B&B type accommodation in the Whangarei. My only complaint is that they do not take credit cards for payment so be prepared.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kauri Villas, centrally located between Whangarei township and Whangarei Heads, allows travellers the perfect home base for exploring the countless bays, beaches and scenic vistas in the Northland region. – Truly the jewel in the crown of Northland. The original villa was built as a farmhouse in 1870. A second 1920’s villa was moved onsite, and joined to the original farmhouse. Featuring traditional kauri wooden floors and beams, 12′ ceilings, and wrap around verandas echoing the charm of a bygone era, all while offering breathtaking views overlooking Parua Bay, the surrounding countryside and the picturesque Poor Knights Islands. After a day of adventuring, guests will want to relax by the pool, explore our twelve acres including a 1 km loop track through beautiful native bush, past waterfalls, leading down to the Kohinui stream, or ease tired muscles in our jacuzzi spa pool all while taking in the breathtaking views. In the evening, pop down to the Parua Bay Tavern just 2km away, for great food from the famous classic menu. Or allow your hostesses to use their culinary skills to create a home cooked meal especially for you. The Colonial Suite provides two spacious bedrooms, each with large picture windows overlooking the bay, a bathroom with an old fashioned claw foot bath, modern shower, luxurious heated towel rail and underfloor heating. Guests staying here will also appreciate their own living area, the perfect place to cozy up with a book and a cup of tea. The Magnolia suite is well suited to families, with two adjoining bedrooms and an en-suite bathroom. The large living area has a pianola, and a toy corner for the children. Enjoy watching a movie on the large screen TV from our selection of DVD’s. Larger groups will appreciate our self contained Kohinui lodge. The lodge features four bedrooms, a large central living area with TV, DVD, oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. With 3 bathrooms and 4 toilets, what more could you want? Our games room provides a place to gather in the evening or on rainy days. With table tennis, pool table, foosball and darts as well as a CD player and a large selection of retro CD’s to choose from. ... more less
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