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“Made to feel at home.”
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On the Beach B & B
Ranked #12 of 42 Whitianga B&B and Inns
Devon, UK
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Made to feel at home.”
Reviewed March 1, 2013

We had 3 great nights here, with Gordon and Diana going out of their way to make us feel at home. Our room was furnished to the highest standards and the breakfasts were wonderful. The home-made marmalade and chocolates were delicious! The house was well situated to see the scenic Coromandel Peninsula; also to have lovely views and a refreshing swim in the sea at the bottom of the garden. Lots of great memories!
Val & Mike

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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gordon363896, Owner at On the Beach B & B, responded to this review, March 2, 2013
Guests from England are always welcome. As we have visited many B & Bs in the UK we understand what our guests expect and try to please all
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Wien
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

Thanks to Diana and Gordon who made us feel like home - also because they put up the Austrian and South African flags for their current guests ;o) Right on the beach location with a big garden and wonderful view over Simpson beach - but you will need a car to come to sights and restaurants. Bedroom and bathroom were very clean and big enough for the three of us. The beer at night at Gordons ground floor bar combined with his stories about the region were so nice. Dianas home made breakfast and sweets were very delicious. We would highly recommend it to families and people searching for a quiet and relaxed surrounding.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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gordon363896, Owner at On the Beach B & B, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
Thank you for your response. Yes we have flags of 45 countries which we display for guests in an endeavour to make them feel "at home". We are also happy to provide free transport to and from restaurants in town in the evenings so guests don't have to worry about drinking and driving
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

The views from the lounge are mesmerising, the view from the hot tub special and pretty good from any point of the B&B. Gordon’s knowledge of the area is impressive and complemented by his vast array of interesting stories. Diana works constantly to make the stay a relaxing and pleasurable experience (especially home made chocolates). The help with laundry, internet access and lifts to local restaurants was appreciated. The large and roomy property is very well maintained with a number of extra facilities available for guests. The place is in a very quiet location and provides an excellent base for some of the best scenery in New Zealand at a very reasonable price.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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gordon363896, Owner at On the Beach B & B, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
We do appreciate visitors from UK and try to make them feel relaxed and feeling "at home"
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Wellignton
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87 reviews
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

Really a great place to spend some nights when in Whitianga. The hosts, Diana and Gordon, are incredibly friendly and will share a lot of great stories with you; and of course you can ask Gordon everything about the Coromandel region and what to do there, he'll come up with great ideas for your holidays. The house is right on the beach and the rooms are large, with ensuite and walking wardrobe, and very well tended. Lots and lots of facilities, from the rich breakfast to the spa, the big screen to watch movies on a rainy day and the awesome homemade cookies and chocolate truffles that Diana put in your room every morning.
Definitely recommended.
But if you really like the Christmas atmosphere, then, above all, you must stay at least one night here during Christmas time...don't want to spoil the surprise..but the kids of all ages will love it!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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gordon363896, Owner at On the Beach B & B, responded to this review, January 4, 2013
Thank you for your comments, we do try hard to make visitor welcome
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
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Reviewed December 12, 2012

This was by far the best accommodation we stayed in during our trip around the North Island. We were treated like family from the moment we drove in. The hosts clearly love their country, and they were willing to share their knowledge of the region and its history. When recommending that we visit Hot Water Beach, they gave us a shovel and beach towels, and even dried our togs after a relaxing dip in their hot spa. Breakfast was great - perfectly cooked poached eggs, more types of cereal and muesli than I could count, and delicious jams and local honey. They really are 'on the beach' and the view from the living room window is spectacular.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank miss_rebecca18
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gordon363896, Owner at On the Beach B & B, responded to this review, February 24, 2013
Thank you for your comments. We do try hard to meet the requirements of all our guests no matter from where they come from and comments such as yours are rewarding to us.
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

From the start we were made to feel like visiting family. Tea and home baking on arrival was just the beginning. Diana and Gordon were one of the most warm and friendly couples we encountered in New Zealand. Great tips on what, where and when to visit different places ; beach towels on hand and a drink in the hot tub ready after our swims in the lovely bay; films and ice cream on a wet afternoon and lots of chatting and wine. Breakfast and dinner were excellent. Our bedroom was comfortable and spacious and had a good walk-in wardrobe, which also housed a fridge. It had excellent ensuite facilities, tea and coffee and delicious homemade chocolates (thanks Diana).
Beautiful - people; house right on the beach; views and hospitality.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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gordon363896, Owner at On the Beach B & B, responded to this review, March 2, 2013
Guests stay in our home and we want them to also feel at home. Whenever we are able to assist we do our best with both advise and suggestions. We want our guests to arrive as visitors and leave as friends.
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Punta Gorda, Florida
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

The view of Mercury Bay, seen through a huge living room window, is breathtaking. The beautiful, well-designed home is immaculately well-tended. The hosts, Diana and Gordon, are very friendly and informative, and obviously love to entertain. They are eager to share their considerable knowledge of the area's history and places of interest, and if only we had had a few more days to spend there, we would have extended our stay with them and further explored the beauty of the Coromandel Peninsula.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank LJP940
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gordon363896, Owner at On the Beach B & B, responded to this review, February 24, 2013
We are proud Kiwis and love to share our hospitality and knowledge of our surroundings and country with guests from overseas as well as New Zealanders
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Property: On the Beach B & B
Address: 66 Wharekaho Rd | Simpson's Beach RD2, Whitianga 3592, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Coromandel Peninsula > Whitianga
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #12 of 42 B&Bs / Inns in Whitianga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — On the Beach B & B 3.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are the only B & B on the beachfront in Whitianga. We are located at Wharekaho (Simpson's Beach) which is 6 kms north of Whitianga town. ... more   less 
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