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“Magnificent place with amazing views and wonderful hosts.”
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Within The Bays
Ranked #9 of 42 Whitianga B&B and Inns
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“Magnificent place with amazing views and wonderful hosts.”
Reviewed May 31, 2013

We thorougly enjoyed our three nights stay at Within the Bays. We were looking for a short escape to relax and celebrate our wedding anniversary and we couldn't have chosen a better place.

The place is magnificent and meticulously maintained by the wonderful hosts Annemarie and Hans who did their very best to pamper us and make us feel at home away from home. We arrived as guests and left as friends.

The views are amazing and the service is 5 star. Excellent value for money too. Highly recommended +++

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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withinthebays, Owner at Within The Bays, responded to this review, June 16, 2013
Thank you so much! It was wonderful to meet you and we are looking forward to catching up with you again. Now you taught us how to say "cheers" in Armenian, we hope to meet other guests to say "Genatsnit" with over a glass of wine! :>)
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

We spent one weekend with Hans and Annemarie in March 2013 and had a wonderful time from start to finish. The location itself is stunning, it must be one of the best views over Whitianga, maybe of the whole Coromandel! Hans and Annemarie have very tastefully built and decorated their home and guest room.
Our hosts were genuinely welcoming and friendly, and always available to provide advice on how to best enjoy the area or make a booking for us, while also being discreet when appropriate. We thoroughly enjoyed the surprise on Saturday night when we returned from dinner and Hans and Annemarie invited us to continue the night conversing and enjoying wine with them!.
The breakfast on Sunday morning was 5 stars, and certainly got us well started to enjoy a morning of sea kayaking to magnificent Cathedral cove.
I would love to go back! Annemarie, Hans, thanks again for this beautiful weekend!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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withinthebays, Owner at Within The Bays, responded to this review, June 1, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind words; Hans and I really appreciate it! Thanks again:>)
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

Hans and Annemarie are one of the sweetest couples we met on our New Zealand adventure to celebrate our 42nd wedding anniversary. We were so happy to have gotten to stay in their beautiful home. Loved our room and bath, the chocolates on the bed each night, the wine and appetizers in the evening, the delicious breakfasts in the morning which included Annemarie's yummy croissants, the great guidance for activities, but especially the warm and friendly smiles that we got each day from both of them. They didn't miss an opportunity to make our stay perfect. Although Hans kept saying that he couldn't accept that we thought things were perfect, I told him we would be giving them a six instead of a five star rating! Their home is beautiful with great views and the location an easy place to reach the beaches, town, and Cathedral Cave adventures. We loved being there and loved our hosts. Would love to return anytime!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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withinthebays, Owner at Within The Bays, responded to this review, May 3, 2013
Thank you very much for your flattering review! We don't agree with the six stars though; we just like to spoil our guests a little:>)
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

Within The Bays was the third stop on our tour of New Zealand and we were not disappointed with our choice. The house is really beautiful and is in an absolutely stunning location. Hans & Annemarie were the most wonderful and inspiring hosts. They gave us some great recommendations of where to visit and where to eat. It was lovely to sit with them in the evenings and share a glass of wine, or a glass of Hans's homemade beer! Thank you Hans and Annemarie for making our stay at Whitianga so memorable. Particular thanks to Annemarie for teaching me how to do Needle Felting - a revelation. If you visit Whitianga, you should definitely stay at Within The Bays.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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withinthebays, Owner at Within The Bays, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Thanks so much for your review! It is nice to read that you enjoy your new hobby in needle felting! Easier than learning how to spin :>) Kind regards, Annemarie
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

We chose this accommodation as part of our honeymoon. The house was amazing with beautiful views from both the bedroom and main living area which guests are free to use and we certainly did. Annemarie and Hans were excellent hosts and provided a truly unique B&B experience. They were great company, very helpful in assisting to plan activities and meals and even had us trying new crafts for a bit of fun. We would recommend the romantic dinner as it was one of, if not the best meal, of our honeymoon. We had a lot of fun at Within the Bays and would recommend it to anyone, couples or families.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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withinthebays, Owner at Within The Bays, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Thanks for your comments! It's great to know you loved our Romantic Getaway with all the trimmings. For us: Looking after newly weds, preparing breakfast with "bubbly", tickets to The Lost Spring thermal pools and setting the table with all the candles for the romantic dinner, is fun to do. Getting a great review is even better! :>) Thanks again!
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Hans and Annemarie share their home with their guests. They are perfect hosts. Within the Bays has a very high standard of accommodation and a wonderful view from the lounge and bedroom. Breakfast served on the balcony was enhanced by the view and Hans's homemade jam. Evenings were completed sharing a glass of wine with our hosts and enjoying some entertaining conversation. Lessons on spinning were freely available. Although not exactly convenient to the town this is a small price to pay for such delightful hosts and wonderful views. We cannot recommend this B&B highly enough.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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withinthebays, Owner at Within The Bays, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
Thank you very much! I hope Pat has found a nice group of ladies (with maybe the occasional gentleman) to perfect her wool spinning! Kindest regards, Annemarie
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

We stayed for 5 days at Within the Bays and despite the rain, our stay was very enjoyable because of Annemarie & Hans. Good conversation, excellent home brewed beer, wonderful view and extremely helpful - they were the perfect hosts. The dialup connection wasn't helpful, but it is good to be disconnected from time to time, so this still counts as a pro for me :-)

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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withinthebays, Owner at Within The Bays, responded to this review, January 16, 2013
Thanks very much Marius! It's a pity we can't control the rain so we do our best to make everything else as pleasant as possible for our guests. Also a big thank you for introducing us to that intelligent and artful game of Dixit: no wonder it is an award winning card game.
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Property: Within The Bays
Address: 49 Tarapatiki Drive, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Coromandel Peninsula > Whitianga
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #9 of 42 B&Bs / Inns in Whitianga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Within the Bays is a luxury B&B where we welcome you our home: advice on local restaurants, best beaches, great art galleries, etc. While enjoying a glass of wine, beer or something else. Breakfast of your choice every morning. Children are very welcome and we have a lot of toys for them to play with. No pets except guide dogs. We speak English and Nederlands, ein wenig Deutch et un petit peux de Francais. ... more   less 
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