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Recent Guest Comments for properties on this page

41 On Howden is a lovely 3 bedroom holiday home

 Great fire and ample firewood Loved the towels! Everything I need in a holiday bach The ranch slider needs new draught-sealing as the breeze sneaks in. Not a big issue for us but may be significant in the winter! 

Family Bach in Thorntons Bay

 We loved staying at this bach. We had four adults and two kids on this trip, with plenty of room for everyone. Fabulous setting, we could walk right across the road to the beach, or sit on the deck and watch the sun go down. Not too far from Thames to visit the Saturday morning markets, and the art gallery in Tararu. Would definitely stay again. The kids loved the neighbours cat who liked to sleep on the deck. 

Fishermans Retreat at Lake Tarawera

 The deck was great, the house was clean and there's a lot of space! Great Kiwi Bach! 

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Bunnies Beach House, private, borders the reserve

 Quiet, next to reserve, parking, back yard, deck, close to harbour and marina, close to town. 

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Waitarere Beach with own Private Spa Pool

 Great property - really comfy, bedrooms well configured, lots of living space...kids loved the tramp, adults loved the spa and the large dining area was perfect for all the eating and drinking that went on! 

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Family Bach in Thorntons Bay

 A great place for a young family. Enough space to kick around the soccer ball and Molly the cat from next door was an added bonus :)