We had a very comfortable upstairs suite - clean, spacious and with a spectacular view over the nearby beach. Fell asleep to the sound of the waves. Judy, the host, was friendly and helpful. The breakfast was very generous but you need to bring food for other meals yourself - no restaurants or stores at this remote location. Anaura Bay and the coast nearby are very beautiful but few amenities, would suit people who are happy swimming, walking on the beach, reading or just spending time with a loved one.
We stayed at the cottage which is a self-contained, self-catering, stand-alone 2 storied building. The bedroom upstairs was fantastic, light and airy, with stunning views over the deck across Anaura Bay. There are a few quirks with the layout, such as no bathroom upstairs, but that beautiful room and view more than made up for it. The grounds are nice with chairs and loungers at appropriate locations to take in the views from different perspectives, and it is just a short walk down a steep path to the beach.
Absolutely beautiful part of the country. Judy, our host, was amazing. Very endearing and makes the most amazing breakfast! Our room was comfortable, clean and we just loved the small touches such as a vase full of fresh flowers on the table. We could have listened to Judy all day. Her knowledge of the area and respect for her surroundings was to be commended. We wish her all the success she deserves. A remarkable place and host.
We thoroughly enjoyed this very peaceful retreat. 9kms off the main road and down a winding drive, we arrived at the lodge overlooking a perfect east coast beach. The lodge was very comfortable, full cooking facilities, magnificent views. Judy, lodge owner, was very pleasant, helpful and enthusiastic about the area. Recommend that you take all you need in the way of food (unless you are doing the b&b option) as its quite a drive to the nearest restaurant. We stayed two night, could have stayed longer.
We rang Judy in the middle of the day that we needed accommodation and although inconvenient for her, as work was being done on the house, she readily agreed to our stay. Unfortunately after dark we had a puncture several kilometres from Anaura Bay but Judy kept in touch, ensuring we were safe and even offering to come and collect us! We finally arrived early evening to find that Judy had turned on the heat pump and electric blankets. Breakfast next day was a delicious feast. Unfortunately we had to rush away to Gisborne for a replacement tyre and could only take a quick look at the lovely view down into Anaura Bay. We hope to return for a summer holiday sometime to enjoy the peaceful setting and beautiful beach. Thank you Judy!