The Mussel Bed was our first taste of rural NZ after Auckland.
It was really welcoming. We arrived early, but there was note on the door telling us to make ourselves at home and where our room was. Tea and coffee all available, even fresh milk in the fridge and fruit on the table.
The accommodation is purpose built in lovely gardens.
Paul and Chris are very friendly, as we found most NZ's.
There is a superb breakfast served in your room, or on the balcony or even on the communial tables in the gardens. Great for meeting your fellow travellers and planning your day.
Breakfast is pre-ordered and comes with fresh home cooked bread, buns, muffins,muesli etc. Cooked is to your choice. WOW!
The beach is a couple of hundred yards away, with a shop on the way.
Restaurants are nearby with 'The Eggcentic' especially recommended. Takeaways are available.
The ferry to Whitianga centre is a mile away, beware it stops for the driver to have his lunch and tea.
The town has much to offer, internet cafe, although the Mussel Bed let us use theres. Trips are many, Cathedral Cove and the Bay tours are essential. You are in the middle of a marine conservation area, so beauty is everywhere.
Without doubt, our favourite spot on earth.
- 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