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Mussel Bed Boutique B&B
Ranked #8 of 42 Whitianga B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 12, 2012

Our experience at Mussel Bed was delightful and set the standard for our long awaited trip to New Zealand. Chris & Paul went over and above expectations in order to assure we were comfortable and graciously shared their beautiful grounds. Each day began with a delicious breakfast and suggestions for enjoying the area. The cottage was very comfortable for 2 couples - modern & cheerful. Our only regret is that it is too far from home for us to become "regulars". Thanks again Chris & Paul

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Connie B
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Reviewed March 9, 2012

After a long flight to NZ and busy days in Marlborough wine country, our relaxing stay at Mussel Bed was perfect. Paul and Chris were delightful and became immediate friends. They were very helpful and knowledgeable in guiding us around the sites and even provided shovels for digging at the Hot Beach. The accommodations were spacious and very comfortable and the food was exceptional and plentiful. They exceeded our highest expectations and, having traveled extensively, that is hard to do.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Charles E
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Reviewed March 7, 2012

Visited Mussel Bed while in NZ visiting family - sitting on one of those beautiful decks with wine in hand - surveying those beautiful grounds- and a few minutes stroll to the beach - it doesn't get much better. Great coffee and hosts Paul and Chris - had the pleasure of sharing a day out on a boat with them as well - couldn't have been more helpful with local knowledge. Would recomment this B & B to anyone, couples, families, group of friends - so much to see in the area as well.

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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled solo
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Thank Lynn G
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Reviewed March 7, 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights last weekend. We agree with the many positive reviews. We would happily have stayed much longer. If you are touring by car and are in the Whitianga area for just a short time the location is particularly good - the same side of the harbour as Shakespeare Cliff, Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach, with the passenger ferry 2 or so kms away to take you straight into Whitianga itself. Cook's Bay itself is a beautiful beach.

  • Stayed: March 2012
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Reviewed March 7, 2012

We spent just 2 nights at the Mussel Bed and truly wish we could have stayed longer. Beautiful location, walking distance to beach, fantastic gardens - and breakfast delivered to your door!!!! Laundry was done for free, and we had a boat trip with Chris and Paul's son, Justin, which was great. Just excellent, great hosts.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Karen K
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Reviewed March 6, 2012

What a beautiful setting having drinks on the deck looking out at the lush gardens. Sun setting, birds chirping and comfortable modern accomodation just in the door. Beach only a few minutes away, brilliant hosts who went out of their way to look after us, telling us all about the sights, booked our trips and made us feel so welcome but weren't intrusive. Breakfast kept us going for the day, so much choice, just great. Thoroughly recommended and will be back. Thanks Chris & Paul for a wonderful weekend.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Brenda E
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Reviewed March 4, 2012

Mussel Bed was recommended by our travel agent as a good base location for exploring the Coromandel. We were six experienced American travelers with high expectations. To a person, we were blown away by our 3-night stay with Chris and Paul. The rooms were very comfortable with excellent beds and a cozy porch for for sipping morning coffee or relaxing with a book. We had a great sea kayak tour of nearby Cooks Bay and Cathederal Cove. But the most impressive things about our stay at Mussel Bed were 1) the fantastic breakfast featuring fresh fruits from their beautiful garden and 2) the amazing hosts Chris and Paul. They enthusiastically welcomed us, introduced us to other guests, made excellent recommendations on local restuarants and activities, and in general made our stay the most enjoyable on our New Zealand trip. We highly recommend Mussel Bed for a great B&B experience.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Bob E
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Additional Information about Mussel Bed Boutique B&B

Address: 892 Purangi Road | Cooks Beach, Whitianga 3591, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Coromandel Peninsula > Whitianga
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #8 of 42 B&Bs / Inns in Whitianga
Price Range: $89 - $120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Mussel Bed Boutique B&B 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chris & Paul welcome you to the "Mussel Bed" - nestled amidst native bush, tropical gardens & streams & yet, so close to beautiful Cooks Beach. A perfect base to explore Cathedral Cove & Hot Water Beach which is only a 10 mins drive. Our self-contained cottage has 2 bedrooms and sleeps up to 5 people. Our guest wing has 3 luxurious suites, tiled en suites & french doors opening onto private decks with all those special touches our guests love! We bring breakfast to you on a tray to enjoy in our lovely garden. Kayak the stream from our jetty and enjoy the natural bird habitat, exploring caves and walking on gorgeous Lonely Bay! We look forward to making your stay a special one. ... more   less 

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