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Recent Guest Comments for properties on this page

Paihia, Bay of Islands

 Suited our accommodation needs with 6 adults, 2 children and 1 infant. Great location to explore Bay of Islands 

Stunning ocean views, colonial style Kauri Villa

 The house is amazing on all levels - pretty modern, very well equipped and the beds are comfortable. The view from the deck is just outstanding. We couldn't dream of a better place to stay for Easter weekend. There is a very large wooden table on the deck to accommodate your family dinners. I highly recommend this place! We've all had a great experience. Thank you, Ray! 

Stunning ocean views, colonial style Kauri Villa

 What wonderful friendly hosts. Property was a stunning piece of history with the most amazing views and space and very well equipped. Spa bath just topped it off. Thanks for making our trip to paihia memorable for our uk family. 

Stunning ocean views, colonial style Kauri Villa

 Good views and spacious 

Paihia, Bay of Islands

 Lovely accommodation with all the comforts of home. What a beautiful setting! Loved sitting out on the deck. Spotlessly clean...beds all had crisp white sheets with towels and soap arranged befitting hotel accommodation. Perfectly situated close to town. We did so enjoy our stay and our overseas family member was suitably impressed. What a pity that we were only a party of four as the home is well suited for a larger group. Chester and Louise were a delight to get to know. Thank you! 

ANKAR HOUSE - Affordable Beachside Holiday

 The house was lovely, nice yard and easy to access the town centre. Paihia is a beautiful town with plenty to do and see. I would highly recommend a visit.