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Magic Cottages at Takou River
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

My hubby and l stayed at the Magic Cottage for the first time a few days ago and what at amazing experience !! We are now planning our next trip back in April and the third one in Nov...despite 6 1/2 hrs drive from Papamoa..that's just to tell you how much we enjoy the place :)
The attention to detail is superb..Anna and Ian are the friendly and lovely couple that make this place so unique and special..thank you guys !!! See you soon :) xoxo

Room Tip: If you are travelling as a couple try the Magic Cottage
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Roxana K
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takouriver, Owner at Magic Cottages at Takou River, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2013

Hi Roxana,

Thank you so much for making the drive north to stay with us! I'm so glad that you had an amazing time, and really looking forward to welcoming you back in April...and November!

Have a great summer in the meantime, and thank you for taking time to write a review.

Best wishes,

Anna & Ian

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Reviewed November 28, 2013

My girlfriend and I had the most amazing weekend in the River Cottage. The cottage itself was luxurious without being ostentatious, whilst the setting was breathtaking. We were able to truly relax and soak up the sun and views in total privacy. The Hot Tub was absolutely perfect and made for a truly magical night. It was one of the best weekends I have ever had and we were truly sad to have to leave on Sunday. I can not recommend this place highly enough

Room Tip: We stayed in River Cottage which was amazing, but I suspect Magic Cottage might be the pick of the b...
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Jack P
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takouriver, Owner at Magic Cottages at Takou River, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2013

Hi Jack,

I'm so glad you both had such an amazing weekend in River Cottage, and that you enjoyed the peace, privacy and most of all the Hot Tub Experience!

Hopefully we can welcome you back in the not too distant future for some more luxurious relaxation!

A belated 'thank you' for writing a review too.

Kind regards,

Anna & Ian

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Reviewed November 18, 2013

a truly amazing weekend with nature. we stayed in summer cottage and Anna's directions to get to the cottage was spot on... Total privacy and plenty of space for my boys to jump around. From the rocks by the river, to the hot tub, kayaking, swing on the tree, ride down to the beach, summerhouse, to the coffee at Ian's, flying fox, ride on motorbike, go cart etc... What a fantastic place to be! I was in awe that Anna and Ian have planted 50,000 trees. Their Eco-friendly environment was an inspiration to us.... Next time we will have to come for longer with the grandparents also! Thank you Ian and Anna for making it a truly memorable birthday!

  • Stayed: November 2013
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Thank Gina666
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takouriver, Owner at Magic Cottages at Takou River, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2013

Hi Gina,

It was so great to meet you and your family!

We're so glad that everyone enjoyed Summer Cottage and the space and privacy; river and rock hopping; kayaking and beach...thank you so much for writing a review, and we love to hear it when guests appreciate the environment and eco-friendly experience we aspire to offer.

Have a fantastic summer and hope to meet you all again.

Kind regards,

Anna & Ian

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Reviewed November 16, 2013

My husband and I stayed for three nights in the Summer Cottage and it was just a fantastic mix of relaxing and active in one of the most beautiful places in the world. The property boasts beautiful botanic gardens for wandering, an easy kayak or canoe trip to pristine beaches, a farm walk and much more.The well-looked after cottage had everything you could need (but not more - so glad to be relatively unplugged). And our hosts were incredibly welcoming. Though there were other people staying there at the same time, the way the space has been constructed makes it feel like your own private sanctuary. It was a great place from which to see a slice of New Zealand. Thanks so much - we will be back!

Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Greta M
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takouriver, Owner at Magic Cottages at Takou River, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2013

Hi Greta,

We're so pleased that you had such a fantastic time with us when you stayed in Summer Cottage.

It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the mixture of relaxation and activities we aim to offer guests; and the peaceful surroundings; gardens, farm walk, kayaking...you certainly made the most of your time!

Thank you so much for writing a review and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

Kind regards,

Anna & Ian

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Reviewed November 7, 2013

My wife and I stayed at Takou River's Magic Cottage for two nights of our honeymoon and it was truly delightful! The location on the river is stunning with fantastic views of the native bush and the waterway. The wildlife in the area were a regular attraction with native birds in the surrounding bush making themselves known either by flitting through the trees or their beautiful song.

We really enjoyed our massages which relaxed our weary muscles before we moved onto spend a few hours in the riverside hot tub. In a secluded location with a bottle of bubbles we whiled away the time enjoying the remarkable setting.

Our hosts were great, providing us with enough information to really make the most of our time while also giving us enough privacy to enjoy it together at the start of our married life together.

We would highly recommend Takou River Cottages, and in particular the Magic Cottage, to anybody looking for a special place to hide away from the world and relax.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
Thank Jo W
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takouriver, Owner at Magic Cottages at Takou River, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2013

Hi Jo,

A belated thank you for taking time to review us on Trip Advisor.

We're so pleased that we provided such a delightful start to your honeymoon, and married life together. Gabriella's massages are fantastic, and followed by the hot tub, a perfect combination - I'm so glad you enjoyed them!

All the very best for your married life together, and look forward to being able to welcome you back to Magic Cottages in the future.

Best wishes,

Anna & Ian

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Reviewed November 5, 2013

My new husband and I had three magical nights here following our wedding post Labour weekend.

We had such a fantastic time – you have a magical (excuse the pun) wee oasis in the middle of nowhere and it was perfect to refresh, unwind and relax after so many months of busy planning. The fresh flowers and tea light candles were a perfect addition also.

Gabriella was lovely! We wished we could have brought her back to Napier with us – it would certainly save me from the husband bugging me for massages. We totally recommend you book her in - $100 for an hour long massage in the privacy of your own cottage - would be amazing in the summer months!

The cottage was gorgeous and the energy production was a real eye-opener we were lucky enough to have a cup of tea with Ian who kindly explained the intricacy of solar and hydro power!

We kayaked to Takou Beach, meeting a few locals fishing on the way, the husband managed to catch a Kawai (but he was too small so we popped him back). Look out for Hoover and his eel friends around the river banks at dusk (they like squid bait from the dive shop in Waipapa) the husband was well entertained for at least six hours feeding the eels.

Next time we will definitely do a the hot tub experience and make an effort to see the glow worms.

Oh and how could I forget the bath!!! As a true bath connoisseur I have to say that this one takes the cake. Such an amazing position with river views, bird sounds and the miniature waterfall that runs softly under the cottage... pure magic. Glass of wine in hand, husband bbq-ing dinner.. bliss!

Thank you so much Ian & Anna for such an experience to begin our marriage, we couldn’t have chosen a more romantic destination.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank amandamaryprice
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takouriver, Owner at Magic Cottages at Takou River, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2013

Hi Toby,

A belated 'thank you' for reviewing your stay with us!

We're so glad that you had such a fantastic time, and experienced all the wonderful relaxing and energetic activities here with us. Gabriella's massages are soo good! And as a bath lover, I'm so pleased that you enjoyed the alfresco claw foot bath on the deck over the river.

We'll heat the hot tub up ready for your next visit, and in the meantime, all the very best for the start of your married life together!

Best wishes,

Anna & Ian

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Reviewed October 31, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I stayed in the River Cottage for 3 nights over Labour Weekend. I was hoping to book the Magic Cottage, but it was already booked, so we were offered this as an alternative and were very happy. Anna was extremely helpful during the booking process and made it easy for us.

From the moment we got out of the car when first we arrived (late afternoon), we felt that we were in a very special place and immediately started to unwind.

Our cottage was perfectly neat and clean, and well equipped with everything we needed. I liked how all the products were eco-friendly, and the fresh flowers were a lovely touch.

On our first evening we ventured out for dinner to Food Wharepuke (which Ian recommended to us), and had a superb meal - we also went back on the Sunday night as it was so good!

Takou River is a stunning, tranquil place to stay. The birdlife is amazing and the grounds are beautifully kept. On our first day we just relaxed in our cottage, reading, listening to birdsong and enjoying the view from our upstairs living area. In the evening we enjoyed a pizza at Aegean Pizzeria in Kerikeri and then went to the Cathay Cinemas - both great.

On our second day went in to Kerikeri and visited Palmco (awesome garden centre and excellent cafe!) and Makana chocolate shop. In the late afternoon we made use of the double canoe and paddled up and down the river. We had run out of time to explore the beach but will save that for our next visit! It was just beautiful. Then in the evening we took torches and walked to see the glow worms by the river, which was magical.

There are a number of walks around the property but we were content just to have some R&R. Overall we had a wonderful stay and went home feeling rejuvenated. I highly recommend this as a relaxing and beautiful place to stay and explore!

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Thank Megan B
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Address: 660 Takou Bay Road | Northland, Kerikeri 0246, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Kerikeri
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 28 Specialty Lodging in Kerikeri
Price Range: $146 - $365 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Magic Cottages at Takou River 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set a short distance from Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands and voted one of the Top Ten Luxury Lodges in New Zealand, Magic Cottages at Takou River are secluded and beautiful riverside retreats set on the banks of the picturesque Takou River. Within earshot of the sea at Takou Bay and surrounded by 150 acres of certified organic pasture, native bush and 5 acres of sub-tropical gardens, the 4 cottages and recently completed Lodge provide boutique self-catering accommodation that is eco-friendly yet still indulgent.Peace, seclusion and tranquility abound - a beautiful private river frontage; 150 acres of organic farmland with marked walks along the river bank, through native bush and pastures to secluded swimming and picnic spots; magical glow worms; 5 acres of beautiful sub-tropical gardens to wander and explore; our private jetty and boat house with free kayaks, canoes and fishing rods; and last but not least, access to the beautiful deserted sandy beaches at Takou Bay a short paddle or drive downstream. Once you've finished exploring, relax and unwind in the privacy of your cottage with a pampering massage or spa treatment. To complete your stay, gourmet meals are also available by prior arrangement. Magic Cottages are centrally located to explore the wider Bay of Islands and Far North, yet hidden away from the hustle and bustle amid 150 acres of organic pasture, native bush and river frontage. Enjoy the flourishing birdlife; wander enchanted gardens and riverside walks; paddle to Takou Bay; relax, refresh and romance in the claw foot bath – or bask in the bliss of doing absolutely nothing. ... more   less 
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