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“Our first stop on tour of NZ ..and the best”
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Puketotara Lodge
Littlehampton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
“Our first stop on tour of NZ ..and the best”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Mutsuo and John made our three night stay at Puketotara Lodge simply the best.
Attentive, considerate and relaxing. highly reccommend a stay. Good location ,ideal for Kerikeri.

Mutsuo's breakfasts are beautifully presented and really tasty.

We would definitively choose to stay there again.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

I visited the lodge with family and I must admit the entire place was just amazing, the rooms were great, the natural scenery was breath taking, a private golf course and airstrip, and the list just goes on... But most importantly the dinner and service provided by Mutsuo and John were nothing short of excellent. I highly recommend Puketotara lodge!

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

We've just returned from five days of total relaxation and enjoyment of the beautiful environment that is Kerikeri and especially Puketotara Lodge. Somehow John and Mutsuo combine 5 star standards of food, facilities and ambiance with an easy relaxed 'at home' feel. We've been travelling constantly for work and pleasure over the last 15 years world-wide and have not seen it done this well before. The hardest part is leaving without kidnapping the cutest Labrador, Hanna who is the best Hospitality employee I've ever seen! Could not be more highly recommended.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

On my mother's first trip to NZ, I took her to this accommodation.
Despite the rainy weather, we could have wonderful time during the stay!
Thank you Mutsuo-san & John!

We stayed at the cottage, but they invited us to nice dinner at the main accommodation. Home-made pizza, that was very fun!
Also Mutsuo gave us flexible service a lot - We cancelled our swimming-with-dolphins tour (because it was rainy and cold), and then he took us to Kauri Tree tour instead.
We both were very touched with warm service & hospitality at this Lodge.
Animals are lovely too. We highly recommend this place!

Room Tip: There is a spa outside of the cottage. It's nice even if it's rainy.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

From the moment we arrived to a welcome glass of wine on the beautiul deck with an amazing outlook, we were hooked! John and Mutsuo have created a relaxing, low key experience whilst maintaining the highest standards of decor, facilities and cooking. Whether walking down by the golf area to the river or sitting in the hot tub watching the stars we were captivated.
The only catch is that the Lodge was so lovely it was difficult to tear ourselves away to go and explore the Bay of Islands etc.
I can honestly say we've never stayed anywhere we've enjoyed more.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

We both enjoyed our stay. There is so much to compliment John and Mutsuo on..it would be hard to start. Two standouts were the food, the amazing company on our first night and the company of Hanna wherever we went. She was adorable and would have been sumuggled out in the car, if Paul had his way. Our only concern is, that once everyone finds out about this place we won't be able to get available bookings. Good look John and Mutsuo on your slice of paradise.

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

My daughter and I stayed at Puketotara Lodge for 5 nights in January and we had a brilliant time! Mutsuo and John made us feel welcome and at home. We stayed in the King Room and we were well looked after. There were so many highlights of our trip from the delicious breakfast served to us by Mutsuo each morning, to the beautiful Hana who accompanied us on our walks around the farm. The views are magnificent and the walks down to the river were relaxing and peaceful. We did a bus trip to Cape Reinga and spent the day in Paihia but it always so nice to get back to our lodge in Kerikeri where we could unwind and relax in our stunning room. Thank you Mutsuo and John for the incredible and warm hospitality, it was greatly appreciated!

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Property: Puketotara Lodge
Address: 1608 E Springbank Road | Kerikeri, Kerikeri 0293, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Kerikeri
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 28 Specialty Lodging in Kerikeri
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Puketotara Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 5
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