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Recent Guest Comments for properties on this page

extraordinary river, valley and rural views

 We spent a lovely two nights at Cairmuir Cottage, and wish we could've stayed twice as long. This was a perfect place to stay as a couple though it'd be great for large groups too. A beautiful setting and comfortable home, with everything as we needed it and more. Highly recommended. Thank you! 

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extraordinary river, valley and rural views

 Loved our stay and will definitely be back in the future. Guests are even left bacon, eggs and homemade jam in the fridge. 

Rustic Retreat - Beachfront Paradise

 The property was incredibly clean, with lots of personality. We were a big group but never felt that we were falling over each other as there is a good selection of spaces for gathering or relaxing. Nice quiet location and it was amazing having the beach at the bottom of the garden. 

West Coast Retreat - stunning sunsets meets river

 We are from the East coast so it was nice to experience the West coast for a change! Beach was 5 mins down the road and there are plenty of places to explore on foot like the dunes, river, beach etc. 

Big Beach Bungalow in Papamoa

 Great house with plenty of space and only a short walk to the beach. The set up of the bedrooms worked particularly well for us, as two bedrooms downstairs (one with cot and great armchair for feeding) meant others were not disturbed by my baby waking in the night. 

Nicely appointed Beach House

 Great location,, within walking distance to all amenities (except the estuary) house size was perfect!