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Wairepo House
Ranked #1 of 1 Mariri B&B and Inns
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“A-typical, but we had a great stay”
Reviewed January 29, 2011

The hosts, Joyanne and Richard, are great people. We had a busy schedule while staying here, but they made the time to have breakfast with us. The room was OK, the bathroom had its best time. We loved the gardens and the surrounding estate. The hosts did what they could to make us feel at home here.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Oxford
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Reviewed November 11, 2010

Joyanne and Richard run a beautiful place and even though they were so busy during our stay, they always had time to spend chatting to us and making sure that we made the most of our visit.
The room we stayed in was extremely spacious, well laid out and comfortable. We certainly slept very well.
The gardens around the house are absolutely beautiful, and if we hadn't been so busy dashing about seeing all the sights, I am sure it is a lovely place to relax and while away the time whist sipping a glass of local wine.
The breakfasts are second to none, plenty to choose from and a freshly cooked option also.
I can highly recommend staying here if you want to visit Abel Tasman and the surrounds as it is very convenient but also Joyanne and Richard have so much knowledge of the area, they point you in the right direction for restaurants and places a little off the usual tourist track

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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new york
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17 hotel reviews
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Reviewed November 11, 2010

A lovely B & B with a great breakfast and nice owners, but over priced and limited eating facilites in Oct- the spring of New Zealand. Not worth the high cost of the stay.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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nyc
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Reviewed February 21, 2010

This was our second visit to the Wairepo House. Joyanne and Richard are fabulous and warm hosts. Gorgeous grounds and accommodations along with the best breakfast in NZ.
Have visited many B&B's in NZ and this is at the top of the list.
Enjoy

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Stoke-On-Trent
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Reviewed February 8, 2009

Boutique Hotels can be hit and miss. You can find a great place with nightmare hosts, a terrible place with wonderful hosts and anyting inbetween.

Wairepo House is therfoee truly a rareity and maybe even a one off because the setting, rooms, price, hosts, food, everything iscompletely first class and would put to shame a business class hotel.

Having stayed there in November 2008 for two nights as a part of our honeymoon the only complaint that we had was that we only stayed for two nights and not four like the other honeymooners below!

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Edinburgh
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Reviewed January 10, 2008

We decided to come and stay at Wairepo House in November as part of our honeymoon trip around New Zealand. We stayed for 4 nights and where to begin.... Joyanne and Richard were lovely hosts. Whether pointing us towards the best sights in the area or suggesting restaurants, they were really helpful. Both have an excellent sense of humour and make you feel welcome as soon as you arrive. The accomodation was a spacious room with ensuite and dressing room and all a very high standard. The main property was a lovely family home set in beautiful gardens and orchards. There was even a tennis court! Joyanne prepared what can only be descibed as the best breakfasts ever. No, really, they were so good and there was so much choice! I can recommend the waffles and bacon, they are to die for! IAlso, if you are stuck for a traditional pizza ask Richard VERY nicely and he may even make one for you with his very own pizza oven. Would also like to pass on a big thank you to Vanessa and Charlotte who helped make our last night so much fan. Thank you all very much and who knows we may come and visit again!

  • Liked — Th eroom was lovely but the actual setting was beautiful
  • Disliked — Nothing - but - If we were there 2 weeks later would have had use of the pool
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Wullstat
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Alamo, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed October 6, 2006

As I was passing by, I noticed no one has reviewed this incredible B&B, more of a intimate boutique hotel than B&B. We have stayed there twice and will be staying there again 2/07. I can't imagine being on South Island and not staying there. It would be like not dropping by to visit old friends. Joyanne and Richard do everything to ensure a fabulous stay, from the extravagant breakfasts that stretch into lunch to the platters of late afternoon snacks and drinks, to the complimentary stocked fridges with wines, beers, and non-alcoholic beverages.

The rooms are all charming and restful. The bathroom toiletries are lovely. The towels are big and fluffy. Everything is done impecably. Then there are the gardens and grounds...beautiful. The setting provides absolute quiet and rest.

Joyanne will do anything to ensure that her guests have a wonderful time. When we came back soaking wet from a rainstorm during a hike, she sent us off to warm up and get dry while she had our clothes laundered. She knows all the local points of interest and where to find all the local arts & crafts. If you want to be left to yourselves, then you shall be left alone. But if you want conversation and to get to know the locals and South Island from the inside, then Joyanne and Richard are great company and full of information.

A stay at Wairepo House is a must, consistently lovely and a great value for the money, especially compared to some of the other boutique B&B's, hotels, and lodges in New Zealand. And believe me, over the years we have stayed at many of them. This is the only place we'll stay when we are in the Nelson area.

  • Liked — rooms,food, hosts
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — make sure you are there for Saturday Market in Nelson (great arts&crafts);Abel Tasman Park
  • Stayed February 2005, traveled with family
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5 Thank ruthtravels
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Property: Wairepo House
Address: Weka Road, Mariri 7175, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Mariri
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Mariri
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Wairepo House 4.5*
Number of rooms: 4
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