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“Returning to the Best”
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Swallows Ridge
Ranked #2 of 26 Kerikeri B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Pauanui, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
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“Returning to the Best”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

My second visit to this fantastic home even surpassed the first trip. Mike & Chris are the perfect hosts and nothing is to much trouble.Waking up from a wonderful, restful and quite sleep to be welcomed to a view that cements Kerikeri's place as one of the best places to visit in New Zealand and maybe the world. The house is close to Kerikeri and all the local historic attractions but what sealed it for me was the friendly and welcoming attitude these British ex-pats have towards their guests. Top notch and thoroughly recommend a stay at this beautifully set up home.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the sea views. But all rooms are excellent.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

Most wonderful stay with Chris and Mike. Immaculate rooms with en suite and separate residence lounge. Beautiful and peaceful rural setting overlooking rolling pastures and views
of the Kerikeri inlet. and only a 10 minute drive to the historical Stone Store area of the Kerikeri township. Attentive and welcoming hosts with good local knowledge. Highly recommended.

Tim and Jill Bellamy. timandjillbellamy@hotmail.com

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hobart, Australia
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32 reviews
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

A warm, friendly, country welcome and spectacular views over the Bay of Islands. Beautifully and thoughtfully planned modern designed B&B. Everything you could wish for clean, comfortable and quiet. Chris and Mike were wonderful hosts and we so enjoyed chatting with them over a cuppa and learning about their life and travels. Their suggestions on where to go and what to do to make our short stay so memorable was very much appreciated. Loved the country feel with the cows, ducks and chooks (especially Henny Penny) and we even got to hear a kiwi!! Mike makes a wonderful English breakfast and was very attentive to our needs. Just wished we could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

The website is impressive but in reality it doesn't do any justice. The house is immaculately presented, the hosts Chris and Mike have thought of everything. From their welcoming smiles, modern decor to the hearty big breakfast and not to mention the useful local recommendations. Their high attention to detail made our one night stay feel like we were in a 5 star hotel with the luxury of making ourselves at home. Our friends visiting from Melbourne rated it as well, it was a beautiful way to greet and farewell a day of exploring the gorgeous Bay of Islands.

Room Tip: The 2 Rooms with the view is a breathtaking way to start and end your day
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

A very warm welcome from Mike & Chris for our 2 night stay in their lovely home.We had the Kingfisher suite which was immaculate and had a bottle of wine waiting for us - a nice touch.Mike arranged bookings for our evening meals in town and Chris was particularly helpful in doing our laundry even though water was scarce.Great views all round and we could not fault this place in any way.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

It is so lovely to find a warm, welcoming place to stay when travelling from overseas. Mike and Chris are engaging and interested in people & so obviously enjoy providing a top quality experience. The room we were given had private access to a terrace, was immaculately clean, comfortably furnished with top quality decor and all with a view across the bay. The location is in a quiet and restful setting in the top of a ridge, a ten minute drive away from the township. We would highly recommend this delightful bed & breakfast to any & all.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mountain View, CA
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2 reviews
Reviewed April 13, 2013

We stayed with Chris and Mike for two nights. The view at sunrise is fantastic. Chris and Mike are consumate hosts and made recommendations and dinner bookings for us. The choices were really great places to eat. Highly recommended. Note that you will need your own "wheels" to get there as it is on a high ridge with a great view but not in town -- a plus for us as we had plenty of in-town experiences on the trip.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Swallows Ridge
Address: 32A Rangitane Road, Kerikeri 0294, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Kerikeri
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Kerikeri
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Visit our purpose built award winning accommodation (2010 House of the Year Silver Medal). Set in 21 acres, our secluded and peaceful location is a designated Kiwi area. Yet is near to town and only two minutes drive to Doves Bay Marina. Enjoy peace and tranquility with fantastic coastal views of the Bay of Islands, Kent Passage and Kerikeri Inlet. Swim in the heated 12mtr pool or relax on your own private patio. All rooms are large with en suite. Home made bread and eggs from our own chickens for breakfast. Visit Kerikeri's historic Stone Store, cafes, farmers market and art galleries, play a round of golf or take a trip to a local beach. Swim with dolphins or catch a marlin - we can arrange it for you. ... more   less 
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