Located on Kerikeri Road, a few minutes from the Stone House and the centre of town, the Wharepuke cottages are an excellent place to stay, if you like peace and quiet. We paid $150 a night for the cottage, which included a king sized bed in the bedroom and a pull-out sofa in the lounge. We additionally had a fold-out bed provided, which the owner brought down for us.
The walk down to the cottage through the beautiful gardens was very enjoyable, even at night, where the torch on the keyring definitely came in useful!
The room included a toaster, kettle, microwave, fridge and hob, so self-catering is a breeze. That said, we ate at their new restaurant "Food" and had a great Thai meal for a very good price.
Entertainment-wise, the room included a flat screen television and a Freeview box, so there was TV to watch if you like to relax at the end of the day!
The room was spacious, comfortable and overall very quiet. I recommend sitting on the veranda of a warm summer's evening with a bottle of wine and taking in the view over the garden, which provides much of the produce cooked in the restaurant.
There is also full speed wired internet access in each cottage, as well as a wifi connection, which is a bit slower and the signal is not very good in the cottages further from the main building, but still useable.
Overall, highly recommended!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bay of Islands Accommodation Kerikeri Accommodation. 5 stylish cottages nestled amongst 5 acres of award winning "Garden of Significance"(NZGT). A restaurant/cafe awarded "Northland Cafe of the Year" and an Art Gallery of International Artworks are onsite. A new Sculpture trail of 40+ NZ and international artists work runs through the gardens (free for guests staying). Non-toxic printmaking courses and garden tours are run by our professionals. Located 1km from the boutique town of Kerikeri or walking distance to the historic Stone Store Reserve. 20 Min. Drive to dolphin watching, fishing, horse riding, wineries, and 6 golf courses within 30 min. Drive. ... more less
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